We're two sisters who are craft book publishers and found ourselves in the midst of an avocado grove. We bought this house where we planned to conduct our publishing business and in the deal got 4 acres of avocado trees thrown in. Now we're not only publishers but ranchers as well! This blog is all about avocados and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Corn on the Cob Related Incident

I've been in a lot of pain this past week. It all had to do with some corn on the cob. I had a small cold sore on my bottom lip and a refrigerator full of fresh corn on the cob. What's a person to do? Could I resist that corn? No, of course not. So I cooked the corn, slathered it with butter and poured on the salt and took the first painful bite. And IT WAS PAINFUL. But did I stop eating the corn even though my lip was just about to burn off? NO. I just kept eating it and I ate it all. Every bit. And I was in pain. The heat from the corn, the salt in the wound. Ouch. I woke up the next morning with my lips sealed together. You know how that feels. I'm sure you've been there. I'm pretty much back to normal now. Just a small pain (no need to send a get well card). Nothing permanent. But I would advise against eating corn on the cob with a cold sore.

So that got me thinking about corn on the cob. It's almost the fourth of July, time for picnics and time for corn. I actually found a recipe for corn on the cob slathered with guacamole. Well, it's not actually a recipe, just a photo of someone slathering guacamole on the corn. Hmmmm. Wonder what that would taste like.

Then I thought since it's Thursday, I'd focus on all things corn on the cob. Here's what I found on Etsy this week.

Can you believe that this package has never been opened? And what good shape it's in. I love that it says "The Modern Way to Serve Corn on the Cob". Everything you need is included except the corn - the avocado green trays, salt and pepper shakers and 8 corn holders. This set is from  Zadoodle.

And here's how the other half lived. They used sterling silver corn holders!  Aren't these classy? They're from Hazel's House.

These are quite unusual. Bakelite was the precursor to plastic and you usually see it in jewelry or old radios. But I've never seen bakelite corn holders. These are from Vintage Jewels and More:

Here's some corn on the cob holders that will be sure to impress your dinner guests. They're from Spooner Z:

If you need trays for your corn, check out these from Dirty Birdies Vintage:

I also found a post on another blog with every kind of thing you should put on your corn. Here are some samples:

butter, lime, chili powder and super fine chopped cilantro
butter and fish sauce (or soy sauce)
a smear of mayonnaise
wrapped in bacon and grilled in the husk
wrapped in foil with zesty Italian dressing and grilled
Kerrigold Irish butter and garlic salt. (supposedly this type of butter doesn't run off the corn)
Spiracha and butter on grilled corn
grilled, rubbed with lime and sprinkled with chaat masala
grilled with lime, mayonnaise and rolled in parmesan cheese
Sambal mayonnaise, lime, cayenne pepper and shredded coconut
Hot off the grill with roasted jalapena butter and salt
Grilled and brushed with mayonnaise with cayenne, salt and cumin rolled in cotija and finished with a squeeze of lime.

I have no idea what some of these things are. Maybe you do. Kerrigold butter? Spiracha? Chaat masala? Sambal mayonnaise? I'll do some research and get back to you.

Several people on the blog I found, said they always ate corn on the cob after dinner as a sort of dessert. That must be a regional thing. It was new to me.

How do you eat your corn on the cob?


  1. I'm sorry about your cold sore. I'm also happy you didn't let it stop you. Wild horses couldn't keep me from corn on the cob with butter and salt.
    I'm going to try the guac on corn...it actually sounds kind of good.

    Love all the corn holders and think I'll order some of those fork things. They looks like they would work well. The little plastic ones I have always feel on the verge of falling out...which adds an element of excitement to the whole process.

    The serv rite package smacks of the regrettable food era. Do you think somebody received it as a gift and was saving it for a modern occasion?

  2. i like it the way they make it at the cuban place by my house. they roast it then add mayo, cotijo cheese, lime, and cayenne chili powder. spicy and delicious!

    hope your lip is better.

  3. Hi Helen,
    I was thinking of ordering those too. They're just so darned unique. And I sure wouldn't want to try to bend my own forks. That must take some serious muscle. I don't think I'm going to try the guac on corn, however. You try and let me know how you like it.
    Hi Megan,
    Oh, that cuban corn sounds delicious. Next time I'm in NY I'll have to try it.

  4. Roni, VintageJewelsAndMoreJuly 5, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    What a fun post, although inspired by a not fun incident -- sorry about the cold sore incident. I understand though - who can resist corn on the cob with butter and salt?
    Thanks for including my bakelite corn holders!

  5. Lovely post..I love corn on the cob! Yum! I really just enjoy it..as is..YUM! Now i want some!! Such cute and dazzling holders..i love them all!
    Hope you are feeling better!