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Blue Ribbon Lemon Meringue Pie

Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon Lemon Meringue Pie

Quite a while back we tested some recipes in the vintage cookbook. More of a booklet, it was titled, “Great State Fair Recipes…A Collection of Minnesota State Fair Sweepstakes-Winning Recipes from 1906 to 1975.” Cakes, cookies and breads (three highly popular categories at fairs) make up most of the booklet’s collection. The church recipe section had this trusted lemon meringue pie. We tweaked the recipe a bit, using only shortening…

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Thai Cabbage Salad 1a

Thai Cabbage Salad

This colorful Thai cabbage salad is a winner in my book. It’s perfect for make-ahead meals  as it gets even more flavorful by the day. I will make a batch at the beginning of the week and have it as…

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Blue Ribbon Berry Crazy Pie 3

State Fair Blue Ribbon Winning Pie
Berry Crazy Pie

On the official opening day of the Minnesota State Fair, it’s high time we pull from the archives another blue ribbon winning pie. This  Berry Crazy Pie is a tested and tweaked, award-winning recipe from the Indiana State Fair. Three…

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Boston Cream Pie 3a

Blue Ribbon Boston Cream Pie

This Blue Ribbon Boston Cream Pie is divine, plus it’s easy and fun to make. You par-bake a pie crust and bake a chocolate layer on top of that. Then you make a creamy custard layer and finish it with…

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Pie Crust 1a

Perfect Homemade Pie Crust

This Perfect Homemade Pie Crust recipe is one of our favorites. It makes a tender flaky crust. You simply combine 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt, then cut in 9 tablespoons cold butter. Gently add 4 tablespoons…

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Pineapple BBQ Meatballs

BBQ & Pineapple Meatballs
3 Ingredient Party Appetizer

Want the simplest of game day foods? Try this 3 ingredient party appetizer today! It is one of the most easy and tasty hor d’oeuvres I’ve had. Literally… just three ingredients. How to? Throw a bag of Cooked Perfect brand…

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Thai Coconut Soup - Tom Kha Gai 2a

Thai Coconut Soup – Tom Kha Gai

Thai Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai) was the first Thai food I ever had. This creamy dish is rich, but somehow light at the same time, and is spiked with more than just a hint of lime. Its taste blew…

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Meatballs, two-ways

Swedish Meatballs; Pineapple BBQ Meatballs
Meatballs Two Ways

Washington State fairgoers today (Thursday, Sept 20, 2018) got a taste of  Cooked Perfect®  Meatballs, with recipe demonstrations by local personal chef Nancy Brooks. She featured meatballs, two ways. One was Swedish Meatballs for an easy weeknight meal idea. The other was…

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Swedish Meatball Subs-PreAssembly

Swedish Meatball Subs

These Swedish meatball subs have an easy creamy gravy you serve over meatballs on your favorite bread rolls. Diced dill pickles and berry preserves on top give a delightful punch of sour and sweet, with a bit of crunch. I also…

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Bacon Chocolate Cake-Closeups 6

Bacon Chocolate Cake

This Bacon Chocolate Cake is an indulgent, amazingly delicious dessert. You bake a batch of bacon to a crisp, then bake its crumbles into a super delicious cake. It’s both moist and dense, and the savory/sweet combo makes it a…

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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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