Monthly Archives: September 2013

Bloomsburg Fair (A.K.A. the great Bloomsburg Food Orgy)

Once a year we make the trek to the Bloomsburg Fair with my mother-in law, with food in mind. I feel like I should fast for the week leading up to this massive food orgy, but; that never actually happens. This one day a year all bets are off! We eat whatever calls us. We have gotten smart and the hubby and I share everything so there is more room for tasting.

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Our first stop this year was the adorable Grilled Cheese Café.

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We chose bacon, egg and cheese on french toast. They had some catchy name for this deliciousness, but quite honestly I have forgotten it. The sweet french toast and the smoky bacon really made the perfect match!

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Next up was this scrumptious fried pie. Half apple and half pumpkin! The best tastes of fall all wrapped up in one. I do not remember seeing a name on this stand, unfortunately. Best thing about this little white food stand? When I asked what they fry in (unfortunately, can not ignore the peanut allergy even for this one day), they told us good old-fashioned shortening! It is the only way to fry we are told!

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Next up is this thick hearty Pennsylvania Dutch style chicken and dumpling soup. The dumplings were little air pockets of awesome! Perfect amount of pepper as well.

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Moving on, four of us shared and were completely satisfied with these crispy cactus fries. They use the coolest drill looking apparatus to cut them!

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Vince’s cheese steaks is at the orgy….I mean fair, every year. Every year we stand in their long line because these cheese steaks are well worth any wait. One plain and one with the works. I refrained this year, but my mother-in-law, husband and his aunt thoroughly enjoyed them.

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How perfect is that name? I just love it! Almost as much as I love their fried pickles! Perfect amount of batter to balance the saltiness of the dill pickles.

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For those of you with a sweet tooth, there are more than enough to choose from. Check out the taffy pulling and these adorable candied apples. These are just a couple of examples of the sweetness available.

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Some blueberry muffins went home with the mother-in-law. Aren’t they beautiful?

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We can never leave the fair without a gallon of Benton’s apple cider. This stuff is the real deal and he is mashing the apples right there in front of us.

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The new find this year was this Shagbark Hickory Syrup. I may never go back to maple syrup again. This has a woodsy flavor I have fallen in love with.

Every fall we spend a day at the fair. It is a tradition we look forward to months in advance. If you are local or visiting the area while the fair is going on it is a marvelous way to spend a day. Of course the fair also has more to offer than just food. They have livestock, agricultural exhibits, rides and games; as you would expect from a country fair.

If you would like to do a little more research on the fair, the website is:

I hope that you will enjoy it as much as we always do!

Spicy Mushroom Tofu Soup

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The hubby and I had this dish for lunch today and even though I forgot to take my usual amount of pictures we enjoyed it so much I decided to share it. I did remember the most important picture, the completed dish! This soup has the perfect balance of spicy and sweet. It is a nutritionally packed and a well-balanced meal all in one bowl. It is also prepared in one pot. Minimal dishes required!

Now, I know some of you are not tofu fans, but when treated right it adds a delicious flavor, texture and nutritional punch to dishes. My current favorite is Wildwood Organics Sprouted Extra Firm. It is perfect just the way it is, no need to press. When in doubt, always press to get rid of the extra moisture so you do not have mushy tofu. Mushy is not the texture you are going for.

To start, get a couple of tablespoons of sesame oil warming over medium heat in your favorite soup pot. Once the oil is warm grate in a two-inch piece of ginger and four cloves of garlic. Next, generously sprinkle in chili powder and chili flakes. Fresh sliced Serrano would be good as well but there was none in the house. How generously? That is up to you! Add in the chili to your taste. We like a little spice so I am heavy-handed.

Meanwhile shred half of a small cabbage and two bok choy. Napa cabbage would work really well here as well. I used plain old cabbage because that is what we had in the fridge. Once the aromatics have released their oils and the kitchen smells amazing, drop in the cabbage and bok choy.

Sauté until the cabbage is beginning to get tender. Then add in one pound of sliced mixed mushrooms. Use whatever you have on hand. Sauté until the mushrooms are nice and brown. Once brown, add in six cups of unsalted vegetable broth, two cups of water, one-half cup of mirin, and a few tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce. Season to taste with white pepper, black pepper and salt.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer. Once you turn the heat down, add twenty ounces of extra firm tofu cut into small cubes. Allow to simmer around thirty minutes until the flavors marry nicely. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve with sriracha for a little extra heat.

Not only is this soup hearty and filling, but it will help clear your sinuses as well! Especially if you add in as much sriracha as I do!

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