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Creamy Citrus Lemonade Pie

Cleveland Blue Ribbon Winner
Creamy Citrus Lemonade Pie

This blue ribbon winning pie has a creamy layer with a fun filling ingredient: lemonade mix. You combine lemonade mix with sour cream and whipped topping. You make a sweet citrus top layer with fresh squeezed lemon and orange juice. You thicken it with egg…

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Homemade Caramel Corn

Homemade Caramel Corn

Caramel corn and state fairs go hand in hand. In fact, Cracker Jack’s, the molasses-coated peanut/popcorn treat debuted at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. Next time you have a hankering for this sweet snack, use this easy go-to recipe. -Cyndi  

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Savory Buffalo Chicken Mini Pies

Savory Buffalo Chicken Mini Pies

Next time a flavor craving for “buffalo chicken wings” hits you, make these Savory Buffalo Chicken Mini Pies. They are basically baby-sized savory pies packed with diced chicken, cheddar cheese, and spicy red hot sauce. A bleu cheese crumble topping and celery garnish bring home the buffalo…

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Easy Crispy Crunchy Homemade Crackers

Easy Crispy Crunchy Homemade Crackers

As a big fan of all things crispy, I have been longing to experiment with making crunchy crackers with the fewest possible ingredients. This recipe is it. Easy Crispy Crunchy Homemade Crackers. There’s almost nothing to them. You just mix flour, water, salt and pepper and you…

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Orange Bundt Cake

Best Ever Citrus Pound Cake
Orange Bundt Cake

Happy holidays! We are going to close out this fair season with a show stopper. We didn’t get around to sharing this great cake last year. Now is the time! We discovered this delight when it won Grand Cake of the Fair…

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Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Chili

Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Chili

This Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Chili is out of the ordinary for sure. It has a multitude of beans, sweet bell peppers, curry and color! With the peanut butter and sweet potato, it has a creaminess that is addictive…and a flavor…

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Swirled Latte Cookies

Dipped in White Chocolate
Swirled Latte Cookies

If you want to wow the cookie (and coffee) lovers in your life, check out and bake these Swirled Latte Cookies from a perennial state fair baking participant (Elsie Olsen, Minnesota State Fair). These fall in the “icebox cookie” category…

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Super easy. Super delicious.
Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin is something I love year-round, and around the clock! The award-winning Pumpkin Toffee Cookies from last weekend had me craving cupcakes in the same flavor. So say hello to these Pumpkin Cupcakes! I made sure the recipe would be super easy…and…

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Pumpkin Toffee Cookies

Illinois State Fair
Pumpkin Toffee Cookies

These Pumpkin Toffee Cookies are perfect for fall. I baked and brought a batch to a Thanksgiving winter cabin getaway this weekend. They are tender and flavorful. The toffee bits add a chewy dimension everyone enjoyed and the caramel glaze adds a…

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SPAM Turkey Day Turnovers

a.k.a. SPAMSGIVING™ DAY DELIGHT Minnesota State Fair Winner (2006)
SPAM Turkey Day Turnovers

In honor of Thanksgiving coming up and a nod to “Throwback Thursdays” we have re-invented a 2006 Minnesota State Fair winning recipe. It is a delight to make and taste. Originally titled SPAMSGIVING DAY DELIGHT, Faith Farrell had created and baked a savory pie inspired by…

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