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Deep-Dish Fennel-Crust Tomato Tart

Big E Fair Winner
Deep-Dish Fennel-Crust Tomato Tart

Colorful, scrumptious and extraordinarily simple. That is how I would describe this Deep-Dish Fennel-Crust Tomato Tart. It comes from Anne, who won the 2013 Bisquick Family Favorites Contest at the Big E Fair. Yes! Another Big E winner! Aromatic crushed fennel seeds go into…

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Candy Bar Cookies

Big E Fair in MA
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Candy Bar Cookies

These Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Candy Bar Cookies were so fun to make. My elation came from experimenting and making them in a variety of ways…and of course tasting and sharing them with others. In their previous form, these hailed from the Big E Fair, where Francis, a local…

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Bali Hai Pie

Tropical and tantalizing cream pie
Bali Hai Pie

This dessert was inspired by the musical South Pacific and the recipe maker’s tropical travels. It is one-of-a-kind, decadent and phenomenally delicious! It’s also one of the more involved recipes we’ve shared to date, but after tasting it, you’ll be convinced…totally worth the extra effort…

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Sweet & Tangy Asian SPAM Sandwich

Washington State Fair Winner
Sweet & Tangy Asian SPAM Sandwich

In this blue ribbon winning entry from the Washington State Fair last year, savory slices of SPAM are nestled in a Kaiser roll with a zippy carrot slaw. This Sweet and Tangy Asian SPAM Sandwich comes from Jane O’Neal, a…

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Quick & Cheesy Herb Crackers

Illinois State Fair Winner
Quick & Cheesy Herb Crackers

These 5-ingredient, savory rich crackers are all that…and easy to make! A blue ribbon winner from the Illinois State Fair, they are tender, buttery, and did I mention rich? They tasted so good I admit to daydreaming about them between samples. They originate from Carlene, an…

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Lemon Cut-Out Cookies

A citrus sweet treat
Lemon Cut-Out Cookies

Citrus infused sweets are right up my alley. When we spent time testing and tasting these Lemon Cut-Out Cookies, I was in total heaven! There is both lemon juice and peel in the cookie dough. Both ingredients are also in the icing, and in the…

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Chorizo Nuggets

San Diego County Fair Winner
Chorizo Nuggets

State fair season is just around the corner. While technically not a “state fair,” the San Diego Fair is one of our California favorites and officially kicks off our busiest time of year. We are celebrating by making a few award-winning…

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Nutty SPAM®  Surprise

New Mexico State Fair Winner & National Winner
Nutty SPAM® Surprise

You are going to love the story behind this creamy, savory and crispy in all the right places creation. A nine-year-old made it. And officially it is another Grand Prize SPAM Championship Winner (March 2014) and originally a New Mexico State Fair…

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Philly Dilly SPAM® Sandwich

State Fair of Texas Winner & National Winner
Philly Dilly SPAM® Sandwich

This super fun sandwich–a twist on the notorious Philly Cheesesteak–was a national winning recipe. Specifically: the Grand Prize SPAM Championship Winner (March 2014) and originally a State Fair of Texas winner (1st Place in 2013). Look for more on this story…

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Tea Cookies

Ohio State Fair Winner
Tea Cookies

Tea Cookies: another blue ribbon winning recipe, this one from Camille Warren at the Ohio State Fair where she won the Gold Medal Flour cookie contest (2013). They have just three ingredients: butter, sugar and flour. So simple! I followed…

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