October 19, 2008

Honorable Mention

From haute cuisine to bourgeois fare, I implore you to check out this year's new food additions at the State Fair of Texas and this video with the winning entries.

My favorites:
  • Chicken Fried Bacon – Thick and peppery Farm Pac® bacon is seasoned, double-dipped in a special batter and breading and deep-fried. Served with a creamy side of ranch or honey mustard sauce. (A judge in the video said, "I'm pretty sure this is the way God intended bacon to be eaten.")


  • Fernie’s All-American Fried Grilled Cheese Sandwich – An American classic with a State Fair twist. Two slices of white bread filled with a blend of American and cheddar cheeses, dipped in an egg and milk batter and lightly coated with panko bread crumbs for extra crispness. Served with a side of shoestring potato sticks, a pickle spear and tomato soup dipping sauce.

  • Texas Fried Jelly Belly Beans – Jelly Belly Beans are rolled in funnel cake batter and fried to a crunch. People can share the treat with friends and try to guess the flavors before biting down.

  • Fried Chocolate Truffles – A silky-smooth, handmade, dark chocolate truffle is rolled in cocoa powder before being battered and deep-fried. The melting chocolate goodness is dusted in cinnamon, sugar and cocoa powder. (Now why would you go to the trouble of shaping a handmade truffle if you're going to fry it?!?)

Be still, my beating heart, indeed. What are your favorites from the list?

The South Plains Fair has nothing on the food court at the state fair. Speaking of the fair, I got my blue ribbons and prize money in the mail yesterday. Two checks totaling $16.75 for my cake and cookies. That should cover the cost of the ingredients. Oh! Guess whom I saw at United last night on a midnight grocery run? Stocker/Stalker Boy. I returned his hello and quickened my shopping pace.

5 comments:

wendy v. said...

Guys at United always know how to pick out the good cooks. Remember that guy who told me, "your friend is REALLY pretty," that one time? They can just tell. :)

Auntie said...

My vote splits, half for Fried Grilled Cheese with the Tomato Soup Dip (now, that's clever) and half for Chicken Fried Bacon (how could that NOT be good?)~

The other choices are offensive.

No Jelly Belly or Truffle should ever be imprisoned and tortured.

Are you trying to make Chet jealous?

Kimberly said...

Auntie, have you heard about people eating their hamburgers without a bun, but with a grilled cheese sandwich on either side of the patty? I have to admit, it sounds kind of good to me.

I am having abandonment issues and am absolutely trying to make Chet jealous. :)

Chet said...

I think it's working!

Auntie said...

Yes, I have heard of the Fatty Melt, exemplary Coronary Cuisine.

You could drive Chet wild just grilling one up in the Panini Pan he gave you and taking it to Stalker Boy.