Howdy! Welcome to the first ever virtual Cook’s Country Fair. With a cornucopia of agriculture-themed posts and down-home cooking competitions, for the next 12 weeks we’ll pay homage to our rural roots and those who taught us to enjoy good, simple food. We’ve got our summer jam-packed with fun stories, blue-ribbon winning recipes, and exciting giveaways. Each week we’ll be asking you, our fans, to share your personal stories in our comments, and we’ll pick a new story each week to be our winner. We hope you’ll join us for the festivities every Thursday afternoon from June to September!
Do your blue ribbons hang alongside your diplomas and pictures of loved ones? When you try a new vegetable is your first thought, “Can I pickle this?” Is your favorite pattern gingham? Does the idea of fried food on sticks excite you?
Well, put on your Sunday best and sanitize those Mason jars, because it’s time for the first ever Cook’s Country Fair. And, like all good fairs, we’re putting the focus on food.
A few years ago, my boots brought me to the big city of Boston, but truth be told, my roots are still firmly planted in a chicken-scratched backyard deep in central Texas. A former fair competitor myself, I started participating in county fairs when I was knee-high to a grasshopper; my show heifers led me around the pen rather than the other way around (but I’m the one who got to keep the trophy). And after entering a dozen different baking competitions, once with a plate of peanut butter cookies mistakenly coated in salt rather than sugar, I learned the importance of the motto: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” (country wisdom if there ever were any).
HOW THE COOK’S COUNTRY FAIR WORKS
Long before we were developing recipes here in the Test Kitchen, our grandparents’ generation built blue-ribbon legacies through the same tried-and-true methods of country fair cooking competitions. Every Thursday this summer, we’ll post a new story on the Feed featuring down-home recipes. This week, we’re kicking things off with our very own Blue-Ribbon Apple Cake! Full of perfect sweet-tart flavor, this cake puts apples front and center.
MAKE IT NOW
Our recipe for Blue-Ribbon Apple Cake is free through June 26, 2013.
SHOW AND TELL
HOW TO WIN THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY
We’re giving away a copy of the Cook’s Country Blue Ribbon Desserts Cookbook! Want to win? Leave a comment below with your own story about country fairs, and we’ll pick one cookbook winner. Entries due Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 11:59pm EST to enter. Giveaway for continental US residents only.