Good cornbread is an art. There are many recipes with different ingredients and amounts, but taste can always be improved with more butter or lard. The basic old recipe was 2 cups of meal, an egg-size chunk of butter or lard, 2 eggs, a tablespoon of yeast, and milk to make a batter; let rise 1 hour and bake in a greased pan. Cracklings, bulk sausage (raw or cooked), grated cheese, or a few finely chopped chili peppers are delicious in corn bread.