Red Velvet Cake, Beavers, and a 166-lb Watermelon
John is a good sport.
BEAVERS and is completely mindblowing. It's on Netflix "Instant Watching" so treat yourself asap!
Beavers are industrious little machines. I've visited a bunch of SC lakes and ponds where the beavs have gnawed and toppled dozens of trees, leaving that cartoonish cone of chawed stump behind.
Our buddy Steven found a beaver skull in Lake Wateree recently; you should see the choppers on that thing!
Beavers are brilliant. I would like a beaver to build me a house someday.
(They had to outlaw beer at the State Fair because things were getting so rowdy during peak hours.)
Peanuts are a big SC crop. These ones are quite large!
Not as big as this first place watermelon.
Seriously? A cross-stitch of a hobo clown? Please tell me his name is Patches.
On opposite day.
..which was a pair of pointed toe high heels made of sugar and cake, with their own fancy box. Way to hit the judges in two soft spots: cake and shoes!
I find myself both grossed-out and totally drawn to this cake ensemble, fashioned to look like a burger and fry combo.
Truly impressed, on the other hand, with this cockroach cake. I don't understand why it didn't win top honors; it's AMAZING.
(As well as a section for savory dishes all made with Spam. A Spam-sponsored mini-contest, of course.)
Pickling is super hip these days in foodie circles, you might have noticed. I've been pickling from my colleague Karen Solomon's new book, Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It, and I'll report once the pickling has reached its zenith. Lots of key recipes in there, like ketchup, marshmallows, and homemade crackers. Nice.
Preserved, pickled, jarred, jammed, jellied, you name it.
Time to go home and spend an indeterminate amount of time considering regrets over having gotten a corn dog from the wrong corn dog vendor. First, must appreciate the design elements of this commercial exhibit.
But what a sweet heffalump, no?
Going to go back to the fair next week and gonna get a corn dog from the right corn dog vendor (the "pronto pups" guy?) and take a look at the fine art and student art. I took a peek and there were lots of puppies and beach scenes.