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I followed the directions on the box. Combine instant mix with one egg and 1/3 cup of milk. Blend. Expect batter to be a bit lumpy as it said it would be. Allow to rest for 3-4 minutes before pouring into pan.

The cornbread turned out gummy and crumbly with a thin layer of something moist on top.

“What did you do?” My husband asked just before spooning a serving of red beans and rice into a bowl.

“I followed the directions on the box!” I said, but of course went back and looked again to see what mistake I had made. The only thing I can think is that after the batter “rests” it says you should stir before pouring into pan or tins. Which didn’t happen. It wasn’t fine print but it may as well have been. It’s a box. Of mix. You’re supposes to just…mix it up and put it in something. And not have it turn out AWFUL. This is why I sometimes stress out about cooking because WTF? Or am I just missing a natural instinct for cooking with ease? Maybe I should have just known to stir it again. All I know for sure is that I was so looking forward to cornbread with red beans and rice on a rainy day.