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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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Pear, Gorgonzola & Raspberry Honey Dessert Pizza

Minnesota State Fair Winner
Pear, Gorgonzola & Raspberry Honey Dessert Pizza

Crust is the key in this award winning dessert pizza. It was entered at the Minnesota State Fair by Lynda Decker, who won first place honors in the 2013 Fleischmann’s Yeast competition for best dessert pizza! When I tasted it…

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Chicken Sausage, Mushroom & Swiss Pie

Chicken Sausage, Mushroom & Swiss Pie

As I prepared for a weekend at a friend’s cabin — late autumn girls getaway! — I realized we had no food plans yet. That’s a danger zone in my book, especially since it was already late evening. Then I…

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Simply Chocolate

Simply Chocolate

We got recipe obsessed when this wonderful winning chocolate creation finished as a top finalist at the DuPage County Fair. We nearly made it a dozen times and ways. A favorite form was in shot-type glasses as a dinner party dessert.…

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Pepperoni Pesto Bites

Washington State Fair
Pepperoni Pesto Bites

Originating from the 2013 Washington State Fair these were another winner we just had to try. They make great party appetizers and are a fantastic kid-friendly snack!

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