The weather’s getting cooler (let’s hope it stays that way), the kids are back in school (thank God!), and carnivals and state fairs have been in full swing where crazy food is the main attraction.
Where else can one make a meal of those giant medieval turkey legs that bring out the caveman in us, a side of deep-fried Oreos, and a caramel apple (because, balance?).
Some of us love the fair just for the food—particularly the melt-in-your-mouth, deep fried doughy goodness kind. Gimme all the funnel cakes!
That’s my go-to—the funnel cake, though we called them elephant ears, which is cute and also disturbing if elephants are your favorite animal. Doused, not dusted with a generous white cloud of powdered sugar, the doughy concoction with the upturned crispy edges never failed to put a smile on my face, or sate my wicked sweet tooth.
A Taste and Tell Fair for All
Last harvest season we followed one of our favorite food bloggers, Deb from Taste and Tell, around the Utah State Fair where she and her family romped with rubber duckies, got cotton candy stuck in their hair and enjoyed some good old fashioned fair food.
Afterward, Deb shared her favorite recipes for fair food in the summer issue of FoodieCrush magazine. And that inspired us to hunt around for even more crazy fair foods from food bloggers across the web.
“I like the chicken. And the broccoli is pretty good. But I like the pasta the best.” Music to this mama’s ears, especially given I was delivering whole wheat pasta for dinner.
I’m not going to paint a picture that’s all rosy and rah-rah that says my family agrees with me when I say, “Yes! Let’s eat more healthy whole foods!”
The truth is, my family is a little reluctant when it comes to downing a whole bowl of whole wheat pasta. Case in point when my husband walked into the kitchen and saw this dish on the stove, and said, “Oh. * sad face * Whole wheat pasta, huh?”
Ahhh, not to fear, I have my wiley ways. And things can change pretty quickly around here, including his mind, when I put my mind to it.
How was your M-TH that’s so much better now that your looking F-S-S square in the eye? I thought so.
My week started off with a definite uptick in my demeanor and in my desire to dig into work. I believe I have one thing to attribute it to and it’s that Monday rolled around and I was refreshed and inspired after a weekend getaway of womanly girl time with a few of the many inspiring bloggers I’m lucky to now call friends.
Who’da thunk that a virtual job where I don’t see anyone all day except my dogs when they’re begging for a bite of my lunch, and the occasional drop-in from my husband when he forgets a tool, his wallet or is craving his afternoon serving of cracked black pepper pistachios—BTW, they are unreal!—would result in real-life, flesh and blood friendships?
It was the tiger sauce topping these beef steak sandwiches that pulled him in and took the rest of us right along with him.
Watching cooking shows on weekend mornings is how my husband and I ease into the reality that in a wink of an eye we’ll be smack dab in the middle of Monday. Oh, how we rue the day (fist shake at the sky).
It’s also the way we figure out what’s looking good on the Casa de Larsen menu for the week and usually my husband decides on at least a few of the recipes because we share time in the kitchen. See, I don’t always have to be in charge.
We get our fair share of episodes on Food Network, but you simply can’t forget about good old PBS and some of the long-loved cooking shows that have outlived many an episode’s kitchen timer like those featuring the 80-year-old Jacque Pepin and Lidia Bastianich and yes, even the doyenne herself, Martha Stewart.
If you’re any sort of food lover in the kitchen you’ve likely run across America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country on PBS. What a set up these guys have in their sweet countrified-porch-wrapped kitchen that makes you feel right at home so pull up a chair.
They do the testing. Lots of it. They work the recipes until they discover the secret to it’s success. And only then do they share it in all it’s glory. And Christopher Kimball…in his trademark bow tie. If you have a thing for a guy in a bow tie, this is your man.
These Sirloin Steak Sandwiches were a featured player a few weeks ago. They called them Baltimore Pit Beef Sandwiches. We simply called them delicious.
There are two jobs in particular that I bet are matches made in heaven for imaginative voyeurs. They’re perfect professions for those people who daydream their workday away by living the lives of others, due simply to the clues presented that give a really, really good glimpse into what’s really happening at home.
The first voyuer would be the neighborhood postal carrier.
Day in and day out, every month of many years, this worker gets to know everyone in the neighborhood more intimately than anyone else. Thanks to the steady stream of bills they know if you’ve been seeing the doctor or are in danger of having your cable TV cancelled. They know if you’re a shopper when the Nordstrom bill and Christmas catalogs arrive. They see the IRS notices (yikes!) and they know who gets handwritten letters that mean someone does indeed care. And just think of how they can dial in your personality depending on which crazy mix of magazines you subscribe to. Okay, that could be scary.
The second daydreaming voyeur is one I know you have wondered about every time you go to the grocery store. Yep, the grocery checker.