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Caramel Apple Nachos with Nutty Dipping Sauce

Minnesota State Fair Winner
Caramel Apple Nachos with Nutty Dipping Sauce

I had the pleasure of assisting in judging the Stadium and State Fair Foods competition at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair last weekend. It was a blast! All of the entries were delicious, but this recipe really wowed me. The…

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Hawaiian Delight Cookie Cups

Allentown Fair Winner
Hawaiian Delight Cookie Cups

You will be completely delighted with these easy and delicious cookies. There are just three ingredients in the cookie dough (flour, sugar and butter). We baked a trial run and loved the “just slightly sweet” cookie contrasted with the rich, creamy and…

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Corndogs…Homemade

Best-ever recipe
Corndogs…Homemade

Nothing is more of a quintessential state fair treat than a freshly fried corndog. This recipe for making them at home was passed on from my long-time fellow blue ribbon groupie, Joyce Agnew. It was her mother’s recipe. We tweaked it a bit…

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Maple Bacon & Cheese Biscuit Dunks

New York State Fair
Maple Bacon & Cheese Biscuit Dunks

My oh my did we love these. They were a top finalist at the New York State Fair last  year (2013). We can’t wait to see what New York entrants come up with this year!With maple bacon in the Bisquick dough…

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Lemon Lavender Cookies

Indiana State Fair 2014 Best Cookie
Lemon Lavender Cookies

Lemon Lavender Cookies. Don’t those sound delicious? They are from Indianapolis area hobby baker Jennifer Dickie. She grows her own lavender and puts it into her cookies. She says they’re deceivingly simple (6 main ingredients) but have a big wow factor when…

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Open Sesame Cookies

Blue ribbon winner: Brown butter in the dough and frosting
Open Sesame Cookies

Perfectly baked. Perfect flavor. These Open Sesame Cookies won last year at a Chicago area fair (2013 DuPage County Fair). We still talk about these cookies. Even without the icing, these cookies are perfection. And they are easy to make. If…

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Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Fries

Utah State Fair Winner
Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Fries

So simple. So scrumptious. These Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Fries have just a few ingredients and taste amazing. Everyone give Maddie, first place winner at last year’s Utah State Fair (2013), a round of applause for this recipe! The 18-year-old blue ribbon…

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Key Lime Delights

Indiana State Fair 2013 Best Cookie
Key Lime Delights

These Key Lime Delights are absolutely delight-ful! They’re a blue ribbon winner from the 2013 Indiana State Fair, created by entrant and home baker Rebecca Burgardt. There’s cream cheese, along with fresh key lime juice and fresh key lime zest in what’s…

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Spicy Chicken Cheesy Bowl

Minnesota State Fair Winner
Spicy Chicken Cheesy Bowl

I love a good salad, but I think we can all admit that sometimes our salads need to be kicked up a notch. Now we can thank Mary, a 2013 Minnesota State Fair winner, for helping us spice things up!…

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Pizza Waffles

Minnesota State Fair Winner
Pizza Waffles

Easy, kid-friendly and extraordinarily delicious, these Pizza Waffles from contester Alice Seuffert were a top finalist winning recipe at the Minnesota State Fair last year (2013). Here’s Alice with the hosts of the popular TV program, Twin Cities Live, which…

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