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CWP Oct 2019 Recipe

October 3, 2019

October 3, 2019

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This year, the Cold War Patriots created a calendar filled with delicious recipes submitted by our members. Each month we will be posting a different recipe from the 2019 Cold War Patriots Calendar for you to try. Hope you enjoy!

Blue Cornbread

Submitted by: Larry from the CWP Advisory Committee Member

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Tim: 60 min

Total: 70 min


½ cup juniper ashes
½ cup boiling water
3 cups blue cornmeal
1 ¾ cup boiling water


Burn a green juniper bough until you get ½ cup of ashes. Mix into ½ cup boiling water. Strain ashes through colander and set aside. In a pot, bring to a boil 1 ¾ cup water. Add juniper ashes and stir. Add 3 cups blue cornmeal and stir. Let cool. Knead until a soft, firm dough is formed. Shape into a loaf and wrap in foil or
put in a baking dish. Place in 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Serve.

Recipe Story:

Larry, a CWP Advisory Committee Member from Shiprock, submitted this recipe with his wife Barbara.
Larry and Barbara reside on the Navajo Reservation and have their own family cookbook filled with
traditional Navajo recipes handed down throughout the years. Blue Cornbread is one of the couple’s favorites recipes because while it only has a few ingredients, the flavor of the juniper lends a unique flavor that is guaranteed to make it a favorite treat at any gathering.

About Navajo Nation, New Mexico

The Navajo Nation encompasses portions of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, and their reservation was a key area for uranium mining. From 1944 to 1986, an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 Navajo people worked in the uranium mines on their land. It is estimated 3.9 million tons of uranium ore was mined from the mountains and plains in this region. Today there are over 1,100 abandoned mines on the Navajo Nation alone.