The Palace Grill (Formerly Cafe)
This is one of my all time favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara...let alone anywhere. A little cajun cooking warms the heart and soul. It is a casual atmosphere with "team service" where everyone is your waiter and the music plays zee zydeco!
One of their signature recipes was a Jalapeno-Cheddar Corn Muffin. I believe it was printed up in the Los Angeles Times at one time in their SOS column, but I found it in a cookbook "Sumptious Santa Barbara" . Nothing is quite like the original, but hopefully these will come close.
Jalapeno-Cheddar Corn Muffins
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 cup corn meal
2 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
3 eggs, lightly beatn
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon margarine, melted
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup shortening
1 3/4 cups milk
5 ounces cheddar cheese, finely grated
2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced
Combine dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. In separate small bowl, combine eggs, margarine and honey; mix well. Rub shorenting into dry ingredients until crumbly. Add egg mixture and mix until all dry ingredients are moistened. Add milk and stir very well. Stir in cheese and pepper thoroughly. Scoop mixture into lightly greased muffin tins, filling 3/4 full.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes until gorlden borwn. Serve warm.
Makes two and 1/2 dozen muffins.