Recipe and Review: State Fair

Posted on September 20th, 2012 in Stories

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I always liked state fairs.

While I tend to like the petting zoos and kiddie rides more than roller coasters or spinning-till-you puke fare, I’ve always adored fairs.

When we were in Shreveport, I discovered this little gem on the clearance rack at Barnes and Nobles.  State Fair  by Earlene Fowler is a mystery in the Benni Harper series, a feisty Southern California ranch woman who splits her time between solving crime and wrangling horses.  In this particular novel, Benni is wrangling folks, horses and her cranky old great-aunt at the fair when a murdered body is found wrapped in a quilt.  Between the great aunt desperate to be Sherlock Holmes and her Cajun-Texas deputy buddy, I giggled through the whole thing…except when my stomach was growling.

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Benni spends a great deal of her time frequenting the food booths, picking up delicacies like fried avocados, fried twinkies, fried oreos and bacon and egg sandwiches.

While I’m not into fried avocados, it did remind me of a fair food I’ve always wanted to try–  a fried pbj.

Or maybe a fried pie.

A fried apple pie.

Oh yum. 

What’s your favorite fair food?

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35 Responses to “Recipe and Review: State Fair”

  1. viviene @ thejourneyofawoman Says:

    Huh? Did you say fried avocado? I’ve never tried that!

  2. Single Mom in the South Says:

    Fried avocado I’d try! I’m not at all into fairs. I live only 10 minutes from our State Fair Grounds and to me, the county fairs up north are more exciting. That said, I usually stick with fried dough and zeppolis.

  3. Barbara Says:

    I always loved state fairs too. Took the kids every year.

  4. Chewthefat Says:

    I love looking at the animals at fairs. But perhaps because I was never allowed to eat fair food as a kid, I never developed a taste for traditional fair food. Those sandwiches look wonderful, though. Are they bacon and egg sandwiches? They look so unusual.

  5. thedoseofreality Says:

    YUM! I pretty much can’t think of a fair food I don’t love! ;) Bring on the candied apples and the cotton candy!

  6. Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook Says:

    Love Fair food, especially funnel cakes! But I’d love to try fried PBJ’s.

  7. Lady Fi Says:

    Oh gosh, I don’t much like fried food, but I do like fairs.

  8. karen Says:

    I LOVE FAIRS…my favorite food is Zeppolies..oh man now I really want them…I am So HUNGRY.

  9. karen Says:

    okay…I haven’t had tea yet…Meant funnel cake…which is similar to zeppolies.

  10. misssrobin Says:

    I don’t do fried foods – just can’t stomach them anymore. I’m old fashioned; I like a good caramel apple!

    I haven’t been to the fair in years. You’ve got me thinking of going again.

    Stopping by from SITS. Have a great day.

  11. Pam Says:

    Sounds like a good read. I am curious about fried avocado now.

  12. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert Says:

    Is it OK to say I don’t care for fair food? If I have to eat something it would be kettle corn. Sweet, crunchy, salty – yum!

  13. Dancing Branflake Says:

    Oh my goodness this all looks so good! For me, I love a big corn dog, some deep fried oreos, and a nice big puff of cotton candy.

  14. Julie Says:

    That funnel cake picture has me drooling! I haven’t been to too many fairs, but at the local county fair they do something amazing with corn on the cob, but it’s been so long I can’t quite remember what..ha!

  15. Kristina P. Says:

    I could eat funnel cake every day!!

  16. Marjie Says:

    My favorite fair food has to be cotton candy. We could totally enjoy a day just wandering through the food booths, couldn’t we? Now I’m off to look up that book. Happy Thorsday, Duckie!

  17. Sue Says:

    In the East we called it “fried dough” now that I moved more to the South – it’s called funnnel cakes. But I have to admit had a funnel cake at a ball game recently and it was way better then the “fried dough” I used to get.

  18. Krysten Says:

    Mmm funnel cake. Yes please!

  19. amy @ fearless homemaker Says:

    I love state fairs, too. and even more than state fairs? i love pies – fried pies, hand pies, full-size pies, i love ‘em all. YUM!

  20. The Squishy Monster Says:

    Oh my, I’m salivating! I wish they had a state fair near where I live. I’ve been to a couple in my lifetime and always have so much fun–my favorite are slush puppies and corn dogs =D

  21. Chic 'n Cheap Living Says:

    Yum! I would like some fried avocados and a fries PB and J please!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  22. Linda Says:

    Looks tasty!! I loved going to the California mid-state fair as a kid…though I haven’t been in ages!!

  23. Rachel (S[d]OC) Says:

    Mmmm…I’d try fried avocado.

    There aren’t any really big fairs around this area. We do have a lot of carnivals and church-sponsored Italian “festa” events. There are always sausage and pepper wedges and meatballs and fried dough (which are either “pizza fritta” or “zeppole” depending on which town in Italy your family was from). The annual Fireman’s Carnival in my town always has a booth from the local Indian restaurant plus the Latin delis come and fix things like grilled corn with queso and tacos of all sorts.

    I’d like to see more fried oreos and fried pickles and other “traditional” stuff at the local carnivals though. Just to try it all once.

  24. Melanie @ Whimsical Creations Says:

    Love our local fair! It’s something we look forward to all summer. Our favorite is the italian sausage. :)

  25. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella Says:

    The fried PB sandwich looks amazingly good! We don’t have fair food like you guys do…

  26. Natasha Says:

    Oh, fried PBJ sound awesome. It’s been forever since I’ve been to a state fair. I think I was a baby.

  27. Words Of Deliciousness Says:

    I have never been to a state fair. I don’t know about all the fried foods, they don’t sound too healthy.

  28. Kimberly Says:

    I’ve never been much of a fan of the fried things, but I’d definitely try a fried PB&J! That looks scrumptious!

  29. peachkins Says:

    I’m not sao much into fried oreos but I sure would like to give that fried pb&j a try!

  30. Cakelaw Says:

    Toffee apples!

  31. Couture Carrie Says:

    Yummy post, darling!
    And happy birthday!


  32. Alexis AKA MOM Says:

    Sounds like a great book, and yummy fair food is so a weakness :) . Too funny I just posted today about the temptations.

  33. Charlotte Says:

    Funny. My coworker and I were just talking bout fried foods. I recently tried fried Oreos but I wasn’t a big fan. I’d really love a fried pickle and hope my tummy can handle it!

  34. Channon Says:

    I haven’t been to the state fair in years. We no longer have a local fair, so I wonder if the Knight might humor me for a mini-road trip?

  35. Reeni Says:

    I had blueberry pie ice cream this year. The BEST ice cream I ever ate in my life.

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