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Panko Parmesan & Mozzarella Topped Tomatoes

Panko Parmesan & Mozzarella Topped Tomatoes

There was a restaurant near my old office that served tomatoes broiled with gruyere cheese on top. Delicious. This easy appetizer was inspired by them. These Panko Parmesan & Mozzarella Topped Tomatoes are my go-to when craving something like pizza or lasagna…but in…

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Firecracker Chocolate Cookie Bars

Firecracker Chocolate Cookie Bars

Perfect for the Fourth of July holiday or to bake with kids, these Firecracker Chocolate Cookies Bars are a blast! Oatmeal, nuts and milk chocolate toffee bits take the chocolate chip cookie for a spin. You sprinkle chopped pop rock…

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Fig Jam, Pear, Bacon SPAM & Goat Cheese Pizza

Fig Jam, Pear, Bacon SPAM & Goat Cheese Pizza

The first 2015 official blue ribbon winning recipe that we’re featuring this fair season is from the San Diego County Fair and our longest running competition, the annual SPAM® contest. The first place winning recipe is called The Figgy Pig, named…

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Toasted Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Wisconsin State Fair
Toasted Pecan Shortbread Cookies

In just a few weeks, some of the biggest fairs in the country get underway. Certainly the avid hobby bakers and cooks of the country who annually compete at the fairs have their thinking caps on. What will they enter?…

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Blue Ribbon Chocolate – Pots de Creme

Blue Ribbon Chocolate – Pots de Creme

Today I was craving chocolate…big time. The long weekend was over. It was rainy…I mean really rainy.  And I really wanted something to sweeten my day. Any time I crave chocolate, I daydream of pots de crème…It’s French for…you got it: pots of cream,…

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Double Ginger Cake

Double Ginger Cake

If you like ginger, you are going to LOVE this cake! The cake batter and the frosting both include fresh and candied ginger, which add just the right amount of ginger flavor without being overpowering. And the use of Greek…

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Oatmeal Cookie Sliders

Arkansas State Fair
Oatmeal Cookie Sliders

Chewy oatmeal cookies sandwich a creamy rich filling in this blue ribbon winning cookie from the Arkansas State Fair last year (2014). Rhonda Hull took first place for them. One taste and you will agree: they are a winner! -Cyndi

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Cherry Chili Chocolate Bars

Colorado State Fair Winner
Cherry Chili Chocolate Bars

Ease of preparation and cayenne kick these cookie bars up to blue ribbon status…and complete deliciousness! They come from longtime state fair contester Laura Milosavich who won first place at the Colorado State Fair last year (2014). A delicious cookie crust…

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Bacon SPAM Onion Jam – Blue Ribbon Winner

State Fair of Texas
Bacon SPAM Onion Jam – Blue Ribbon Winner

In honor of the Waikiki SPAM JAM festival taking place this weekend, may we present Bacon SPAM Onion Jam! It’s a blue ribbon winning recipe from the 2014 State Fair of Texas, Great American SPAM Championship. The creation comes from 31-year-old…

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Rosemary Lemon Cookies

Minnesota Winner
Rosemary Lemon Cookies

This wonderful winning recipe makes stacks and stacks of super delicious butter cookies infused with citrus and fresh herbs. Rosemary Lemon Cookies. YUM! You will be happy to have a big batch to share with friends and family. The recipe, which…

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