Few things go more perfectly with a bowl of chili or vegetable soup than a pan of hot cornbread. There are a variety of recipes to choose from, but most include staples like cornmeal, milk or buttermilk and an egg or two. Shredded cheese, jalapenos and even ham can be added to spice up the dish.
Cornbread tastes best when it's prepared in a cast-iron skillet, which should be properly oiled or buttered and then pre-heated to produce the best possible results. From the same cornbread batter recipe, you can also make corn muffins and corn sticks. All you need to change is the pan you use for baking.