I entered several items in the baked goods division. Each year I try and enter things I have never made before or I will use a completely different recipe. I do this as a personal challenge to keep me on my toes!
My granola recipe~thanks Alton Brown (with a tweak or two),
received a first place and a Grand Champion ribbon in that category.
Also in the above photo, top left, I entered a nut sampler of
peppered pecans, curry almonds, and sweet peanuts which I filled in cone
shaped paper and put in a tin. For this, I received a second place ribbon.
Bill loved the curry almonds and I will be sharing a recipe.
In addition, the bucket on the right of the granola is my
decorated not tasted entry. I made a red white and blue popcorn
tin, decorated with Americana fabric, woven fabric, and an American
flag. For the record, the popcorn tasted delish. I made it with sugar
like a popcorn ball and added the food coloring to make the tri colored corn.
I received a first place ribbon in this category.
It seems like many of my entries this year are blocked by
the name tag and ribbon~the above photo is my candy entry.
I entered citrus peeled candy. I had never had citrus peeled candy
but I will be making this often. I prefer the orange and grapefruit
peels the best, but the lemons and limes were wonderful as well.
I suppose the boiling three times before boiling with water was helpful
then adding sugar to the water and rolling the peels in powdered sugar
helped. I guess I am a new found sugar junkie~well kind of!
I also entered herbed peasant rolls. I modified a recipe I found
online to add onions! I received a second place ribbon for these.