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The Cooking Corner

August 7, 2009
Bernice Volkens

While I was doing therapy for my elbow last week I ran into an old friend who asked me if I was going down to the fair grounds and the more I thought about it I decided I'd take in the 4-H building. Because time was short I did hurry through in an hour, but the next time I go I will take more time. Some of the best things you can do, like going to a 4-H fair, are usually free.

The fairs of today are somewhat smaller than the county fairs when I grew up, but still a great way to spend a day. We'll never again see the day when many mothers and grandmothers entered the best of their baking and canning or preserves. Or will we again see horse races and chorus girls from Chicago. The carnival then was huge, sometimes boasting of at least 50 attractions and rides.

However, you can't take the sawdust, musty smell of the barns away. Also the hamburger and hot dog stands still give off their great aroma and a tuft of cotton candy can be found at the smallest of fairs. The washing and grooming of the fair animals and finally the 4-Hers proudly escorting their entries into the show ring is a pleasant sight. The great excitement of winning that coveted blue ribbon will always be there. A day at the fair is a memorable day to cherish.

I did see corn relish at the fair and it made me wonder if it was from this year's crop. On the average the sweet corn crop is a little late and right now it seems to be at its peak. If you have never made corn relish it really isn't that hard and a jar of this relish makes a great gift at Christmas time or any time.


1 1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup vinegar (5% acidity)

10 1/2 cups fresh or frozen whole kernel corn

1 pkg. corn relish mix

2 cups diced onion

Prepare home canning pint jars and lids. Combine sugar, onion, water, vinegar and relish mix. Bring to a boil. Add corn, simmer 5 minutes. Pack relish into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch space. Wipe jar rim clean, place lids on and screw band down. Process 15 minutes in boiling water bath canner. Makes approximately 7 pints.

"Get the Fair fever."



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