CULINARY THRILL SEEKING — Corny tips for taste, nut butters and first aid kits

Published 8:57 am Monday, January 22, 2024

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Southeast Texas is rice country, but I also have a long love affair with corn.

When I “found” a box of Jiffy cornbread mix in the pantry, a corn pudding became the basis of a friend’s birthday meal.

I used Green yogurt for sour cream and we all loved the tang. My latest discovery is corncobs done up in a West Bend air fryer drawer.

I simply can’t get over how easy this is. You can flavor with Cajun, Mexican or Italian spices, and go from there.

It’s crunchy and sweet and I can’t get enough.

So here’s a tip: When I first realized how mayo-heavy Mexican street corn can be, I balked.

I found a smear of mayo from those packets we all collect will cover many mini cobs for a little flavor that goes a long way.

Then pop them in the air fryer.

Once Again – Once Again just came out with sunflower or PB graham cracker sandwiches that are great for break time, breakfast or with, one reviewer’s pick, wine.

The PB is simply the best I’ve had and I would not be surprised if the sunflower version was even better, as it is “different.”

But this line with the racoon mascot will open up your eyes to various nut butters. Learn more at

Keep Going First Aid – The Pepper family is making safety cool with stylish first aid kits with rainbows, playground and sports aesthetics.

In addition to this wrist-band, zipper bag simply feeling good to grasp, imagine the confidence of knowing it’s jam-packed with animal character bandages, packets of balm, burn gel and antibiotic plus little tools.

So this goes in cars, diaper and sports bags and bathrooms to help with little boo boos. Getting a scraped knee when I was a kid seemed like a mini doctor visit.

We didn’t have cool packs of just-what-you-need-when-you-need it that were so darned cute. I think kids will be happy knowing a Keep Going product is within reach.

Check out to survey this impressive selection. Totally giftable, too.

Darragh Doiron is a Southeast Texas foodie headed into all the flavors of February. Did someone say chocolate? Email her