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Ohio State Fair Raspberry Berets

These colorful and creative cookies are like mini fruit pies. They’re aptly named Raspberry Berets. They get me singing the Prince song of the same name every time. They are crowd-pleasing and easy to make! You start with a delicious cookie shell made with butter, granulated and powdered sugars, baking soda, salt, and flour. Fresh out of the oven (while still in the tins) you re-press the cups…

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Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad 1

Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad

This rainbow soba noodle salad combines colorful produce (zucchini, yellow squash, snow peas, carrots, cabbage, and spring onions) with a flavorful ginger sesame dressing. It’s a winning recipe. In fact, we’ve been calling it one of our favorite “winner for…

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Blue Ribbon Biscuits 1

State Fair of Texas
Blue Ribbon Biscuits

These blue ribbon biscuits – made with buttermilk, butter, coconut oil, and baking powder – are based on a State Fair of Texas winning recipe. (Hey there Big Tex). Bake these and you’ll see how easy great biscuits are to…

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Mini Cheesecakes 4

Mini Cheesecakes

Mini cheesecakes make great after-dinner desserts. Their size is small enough so you don’t feel like you are over indulging. At the same time, their richness and creaminess will easily satisfy your sweet tooth. With the paper liners, they transport…

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French Macarons recipe

Iowa State Fair
French Macarons

French macarons are made easy with this fantastic recipe from Marianne Carlson. She won “best overall cookie” honors with it at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. That means the judges like this cookie better than hundreds of others, 453 to…

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Peachy Creamy Party Pies

Minnesota State Fair
Peachy Creamy Party Pies

Peachy Creamy Party Pies: if  you love mini size desserts or simple sweet treats you can make in minutes, look no further than these state fair winning tiny pies. They won a blue ribbon and 1st place back at the…

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Chocolate Chiffon Cake 1

Minnesota State Fair
Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Make this blue ribbon winning chocolate chiffon cake and you will have a divine dessert on your hands. Gwendolyn Swenson won “grand cake of the of fair” honors with it at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. Cake flour and whipped egg…

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Chicken Chili 2

Black Bean Pumpkin Chicken Chili
Chicken Chili

This chicken chili is a winner every time. It is super easy to make, incredibly flavorful, and is totally adaptable to your preferences. You can add more veggies, more garlic, less chili powder, or even make it a turkey or…

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Shortbread-Red 2

Pistachio, Peppermint, Coconut or Classic Shortbread
Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies make great holiday gifts. They’re easy to make and everyone loves their melt-in-your-mouth texture. They also are easily morphed into various flavors and colors, perfect for the holidays. I started with pistachio shortbread. Softened butter, powdered sugar, flour, and…

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Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog 1

Puerto Rican Coconut “Eggnog”

This is some winning eggnog! Simply combine two cans of coconut milk, two cans evaporated milk, one can sweetened condensed milk, 2 cups rum, and a touch of salt, and you’ll have a blue-ribbon-worthy batch of Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog.…

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Fresh Herb Olive Nut Bread 2

Washington State Fair Winner
Blue Ribbon Fresh Herb Olive Nut Bread

If you want a flavorful bread that wows people and is easy to make, bake this blue ribbon fresh herb olive nut bread. From fresh garlic, shallots, and chives, to basil, dill weed, and oregano, this bread incorporates them all,…

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