I tried making a Jiffy yellow cake mix something or other for one of my parent's or sibling's birthdays, I seem to recall, when I was about five years old. It was a ghastly affair. When pulled out of the oven and sliced open, I heard the food angels cry as the innards revealed a loose, fibrous stretchy seaweed of sorts. I have no earthly idea what I did--but needless, I suppose to say, it was revolting, even to my ill-equipped five year old palate.
I've come a long way since then (more than a short trip, I assure you) but I still have a fond appreciation for the Jiffy mixes and the simple recipes found on the back of the boxes. Recently, on a whim, I picked up a Jiffy corn bread muffin mix at the grocery store and it all came out just fine--no, more than fine, good!
Now, the tip? Add a can of creamed corn to the mix! Isn't that absolutely rich? Also, blend a tablespoon or so of honey into softened butter and slather it with abandon onto your corn bread, newly arrived, fresh and hot out of the oven.
After weathering a soul-shredding career as a theatrical agent that lasted entirely too long, Mr. Sherwood left his stable of actors from the stage and screen and went on to pursue his literary aspirations. He is currently the dining editor for Next magazine (nextmagazine.com) where he writes a weekly restaurant review column which also features Manhattan's best food and drink recipes from the finest chef's and bartenders on the island. In 2010 he was published in Foodista’s Best of Food Blogs Cookbook. He toiled as web editor for industry leader Interior Design magazine for several years and has also written for New York magazine, Travel & Leisure and Woman’s Day.
A proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire, one of the nation’s top drinking schools, Mr. Sherwood also studied voice and theater abroad at Regent’s College, in London’s historic Regent’s Park, and at the Royal Academy of Music. He spent a year at Hunter College in Manhattan.
Mr. Sherwood recently published his first novel, the pale of memory, available on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and iUniverse.com. He is in the midst of writing a second.
Twitter/tweet/twat him @kaleidabox