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The Cooking Corner

August 21, 2009
Bernice Volkens

Summer time and it's State Fair Time in Iowa. Is for country people and town people and also a chance to show off that special project. Just a trip to the fair and it's easily seen all the hand work and physical work that has been done to prepare for these special days.

As anyone who has been to a fair knows, everything doesn't always go the way it was planned; some flowers, vegetables and fruits just aren't ready. The steers can be stubborn and the sheep won't lead. It's when the jelly won't jell and the cookies burn and the cake falls. Also with the temperatures in the 90's and in the fair barns the temperatures are more like 100 degrees, it can be a trying time. Then somehow everything comes together and Mom's smile and Dad's look proud, when it is realized it makes no matter what the color of the ribbon is, but there's a satisfaction that they did their best.

It has been a few years since we've been to the fair just because health wise we weren't quite up to it, but we're slowly getting things fixed up so who knows? Virgil's brain surgery in March was a complete success and the shoulder replacement he had at Mayo last week is doing well and now it is just recovery.

Also I had a complete replacement of my elbow a couple months ago and that is doing great except working at the computer is hard but it seems to get better every week.

This recipe has been a winner at the Iowa State Fair in 2000 and I've printed it before but it's worth a repeat.


1 cup sugar

1/2 cup margarine

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup milk

2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. soda

1/2 tsp. salt

Topping, 2 Tablespoons sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon

Cream sugar and margarine. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend in sour cream and milk. Add dry ingredients. Mix and put in muffin pan. Combine 2 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and top the muffins with this mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

"Fair time is a fun time."



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