How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400˚.
Stir together milk and 1 cup water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat, and gradually whisk in 2 cups cornmeal. Let stand until needed.
Beat eggs in a large bowl at high speed with a n electric mixer until foamy. Add salt, and beat 5 minutes or until mixture is light and fluffy.
Stir together buttermilk and baking soda in a small bowl. Pour into egg mixture, and mix well. Add cornmeal mixture, and stir until smooth.
Place shortening in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet. Place skillet in oven 5 minutes. Pour melted shortening into cornmeal mixture, and mix well. Stir in remaining ¼ cup cornmeal. Pour mixture into hot skillet.
Bake at 400˚ for 25 to 30 minutes or until firm. Remove from skillet immediately, and serve hot.