Let’s go to the fair…

 

For most of my adult life I have lived in the Twin Cities in Minnesota.  I love the city life and most everything the city offers. But I am from a small rural town in the Midwest, and small hometowns can tug at your heart. 

This past week was my hometown’s county fair. Every year about this time, I feel like I turn into a little kid again and get excited at the thought of the fair! So, the kids and I got into the van and we headed south for the fair ( the hubby was to join us later).

I think some of that excitement comes from anticipating the drive home…

One of my favorite sites of the Midwest are the vast cornfields. And when a person is headed for home, even the common roadside weeds can look beautiful…

Then after the long journey, finally there it is…home.

Quiet, peaceful, no sirens…just the sound of birds singing and the warbling of the locusts in the trees…

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After we arrived, the kids and I rested for awhile then we were off to the fair! First, there was the parade…

Cute little fuzzy chicks…

And then of course, the fair rides!…

But after all the festivities, it was time for my favorite part, the food!  Not the food from the little vendor huts, but the delights coming out of the kitchens! The hot roastbeef and meatloaf sandwiches from the Methodist kitchen and  the beefburgers from the 4-H kitchen are unsurpassed. I’ve heard the 4-H kitchen also has one of the best taco salads in the state, but I haven’t broken away from my traditional beef burger to try one…

I’m hooked on the beefburgers ( or sloppy joes) that are served at the fair, especially at the Methodist kitchen because they are served with refrigerator pickles! Yum Yum! I love the combination of the spicy taste of the burger along with the sweet taste of the pickles. It is tradition to serve the pickles sliced but I think I like them better when the “pickles” are shredded.  It  turns into sort of a coleslaw-like condiment for the burger…

beef burgers with cucumber relish

My good friend Myrna gave me her recipe for her delicious pickles and I changed it just a little bit to turn it into a cucumber relish by adding onion and fresh cilantro. Thanks Myrna for sharing your recipe!

cucumber relish

Cucumber Relish

Into a large bowl put:

      2 c  shredded cucumber (peeled and seeds removed)

      2 c  onions, finely chopped

      1 t celery seed

      3/4 t salt

      1/4 c  chopped fresh cilantro

      1/2 c sugar

      1/2 c white vinegar

Stir well and store in the refrigerator. When serving, serve with a slotted spoon. As I mentioned before, this makes an absolutely wonderful combination with beefburgers (sloppy joes)!

Next Tuesday in my blog, I will share my version of a dessert I first tasted at the fair…Strawberry White Chocolate Cream pie! See you then!

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