Twin Peaks Tuesday: Shirley Jones’ Mexicali Corn Casserole

For Memorial Day this year I went to not 1–but 2 Memorial Day barbecues. This is what I chose to make for the second party, to accompany hamburgers on the grill.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the 1984 Shirley Jones’ Favorite Holiday Recipe Cards courtesy of Ralph’s Grocery Company:

Shirley Jones Holiday Cards

TAB’s on sale!!!

 I mean, it was a holiday, so it just made sense to go with one of Shirley’s favorites. This is what I picked:

Mexicali Corn Casserole Recipe

Perfect for a barbecue, amiright? And I just love corn casserole.

So now, you must be wondering: what the hell do Twin Peaks and Shirley Jones’ Mexicali Corn Casserole have in common?


It’s the second ingredient. Cream. Style. Corn.  Yep! Some good old GarmonboziaThis isn’t the first time I’ve brought up Garmonbozia on the blog.


Is there an official Garmonbozia recipe? Like 1 cup canned corn, 1 tbsp water, 3 tbsp corn starch, 1/2 cup milk, salt, pepper, and the tears of a crack-addicted woman who thinks her crack baby died but then, years later, finds out that her baby is alive and was adopted by a family? Hold on. That’s the plot to the Halle Berry film “Losing Isaiah.”


love comes to keith partridgeYou know who had a lot of pain and sorrow to give up? David Cassidy.I mean, he titled is autobiography C’mon Get Happy: Fear And Loathing On The Partridge Family Bus. There was a lot of drug use. And his dad, Jack, was a total asshole. Now he’s going through a very messy divorce and  had his 3rd DUI in January and then was put in rehab. Poor Keith Partridge.

And gosh, folks. If you haven’t seen Twin Peaks yet–go watch it. Now. It’s on Hulu, Amazon, Netflix. There really isn’t any excuse. Unless you’re waiting for the blu-ray version to come out. Crap! That reminds me–I need to buy my blu-ray player. But I want one that connects to the internet so I can watch Netflix on the TV and not my laptop. Any suggestions?

But I digress. Is it weird that I love any recipe with creamed corn?

Here are the ingredients in a bowl:


Here is the casserole ready to be baked:


 And here is the finished product:

So, no photo. I never took a picture of the casserole after it was baked. I just forgot. So I don’t have a picture to share, but I can tell you that this was delicious! I’ll tell you what made it–for the 2 tbsp chiles–instead of using canned I got a fresh jalepeno, seeded it, and finely chopped it. It was just enough heat to kick this corn casserole up a notch and make it worthy of the name Mexicali.

I would definitely recommend Shirley’s casserole for any cookouts or parties you attend over the summer.

And just because I love this song (although it is one of the corniest ever written), I’m gonna let the Partridge Family play me out.

That’s one sweet harpsichord solo.

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11 Responses to Twin Peaks Tuesday: Shirley Jones’ Mexicali Corn Casserole

  1. Two Big Thumbs Up!!!!!! 🙂

  2. Mmm – I love creamed corn too – can’t get it many places here in the UK though goddamit. I might pester you at some point for a Shirley Jones recipe I can cook up over at Silver Screen Suppers – the chances of me getting hold of a set of those cards myself is minimal. I thought I’d just spotted a set on Etsy but when I eagerly clicked through it said SOLD. To you maybe?!

  3. Lauren Hairston says:

    Sweet! Who doesn’t love Shirley Jones?

    As far as BluRays go, we use Paul’s PlayStation 3 for that and it seems to work pretty well. We also have a home-entertainment PC, which is basically a big ol’ flat-screen TV hooked up to a CPU. It rocks–no having to pay extra to get things to the TV. It’s one of the perks of being married to an engineer.

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  5. Retro Rover says:

    oh I love this post I adore twin peaks and this sure made me laugh you have a very cute blog

    retro rover

  6. kittentoes says:

    I made this for 4th of July. People would take small servings and a cautious nibble, then go back for thirds. I plan to do a sweet variation.

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