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Best Ever Bruschetta Biscuits

Illinois State Fair
Best Ever Bruschetta Biscuits

Do you love bruschetta? Diced tomatoes and fresh basil on top of toasted baguette slices? With its color and aroma, I remember loving it before I even tasted it. These Best Ever Bruschetta Biscuits take the classic Italian appetizer for a spin…with winning results!…

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SPAM Reuben Rollups

Infamous sandwich recipe reinvented
SPAM Reuben Rollups

SPAM Reuben Rollups. Sounds so Minnesotan, doesn’t it? This winning state fair recipe –a mini masterpiece dare we say–actually hails from Montana. That’s right. Beverly Zehntner entered and won the 2014 Great American SPAM Championship this summer at the Montana State Fair. She…

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Maple Cinnamon Softies with Bacon Sprinkles

Blue ribbon bacon-topped cookies
Maple Cinnamon Softies with Bacon Sprinkles

Bacon cookies you say? Sign me up!These won the blue ribbon at the Chicago area’s DuPage County Fair earlier this year (2014) and let’s just say YUM! Bigtime cookie kudos (and a $200 prize from Gold Medal Flour) went to Jessica Jaent when…

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SPAM Peanut Butter & Apple Bites

Protein packed snack
SPAM Peanut Butter & Apple Bites

Who knew SPAM and peanut butter would go so great together!?!? Michaela Payne did. She won the 2013 Great American SPAM Championship at the New Mexico State Fair and went on to win nationally for the best SPAM recipe. That…

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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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