Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Cardiologist's Nightmare - County Fair Foods

"Fair season" is a great treat for those of us that maintain a (fairly) healthy body.  We eat nothing this disgusting to our refined sensibilities and the great care given our precious bodies - I'm telling you!  So, this annual sneer is well-earned.  And we do enjoy it so...

The LA County Fair just opened and one area - the food court - is getting tremendous coverage.  Every year I think, "Well  that's as far as any right-thinking cholesterol-craver can go" and every year I am topped again.

Some of this year's entries ... you will note that bacon-on-or-in-everything isn't "so over" yet.  Apparently they get messages late out on the farm.  Or else bacon producers have got a lock on the market ...

Here to delect you - or not ...

Bacon S'mores - Graham cracker, topped with fudge sauce topped by a toasted marshmallow crowned with a quarter slice  of crispy bacon decoratively arranged over the marshmallow.

Deep-fried Hot Sauce which is 'way misleading.  Mix up a batter, dump a bunch of hot sauce into it, make balls and deep fry the balls.  I spent more than 10 minutes trying to work out how one could deep fry a liquid like Tabasco sauce.  Cheaters!

Another cheater - "Deep-fried Butter Balls"  (snort) Fritters is what I'd call them ... have  a shot at them anyhow.

2 sticks butter
4 T cream cheese
1 cup flour
1 beaten egg
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Cream the butter and cream cheese together, roll into balls and freeze.  Meanwhile put out three dishes big enough to accept rolling the balls around and put flour in one, the beaten egg into another and lastly the seasoned bread crumbs.  Roll your frozen balls into them in that order - flour, egg, crumbs - and deep fry.  Paula Dean has a recipe for this along with a lot of other, lesser people. Paula Dean does not have a sylph-like body.  One too many butter balls methinks. 

Double Bacon - wrap an 8 oz. pork belly with a 24 in. long strip of bacon and deep fat fry.  That should be enough grease to hold you for awhile.  Your arteries will thank you!

There was one healthy food offered - a vegetarian taco made with a main ingredient of something called jackfruit. says it is a ground fruit in that you harvest after they have dropped to the ground; don't rip them off of the tree and good luck with that anyhow - they routinely weigh up to 80 lbs.  The flavor is said to be a mix of apple, pineapple, mango and banana and is very popular in Asia and India where it is eaten as a dish ingredient or raw. 

One article mentioned "washing it all down with a bacon beer!" but I was too disheartened to look it up.  You're on your own on that one.   

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