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Food: Strawberry Shortcake

I think this is actual shortcake and whipped cream. Sponge cake and Cool Whip are fine in a pinch, but this just looks more decadent. Uploaded by foodonthefood.com.

It’s early May, and roadside stands selling fresh strawberries have popped up across the countryside. You can coat the berries with rich chocolate, dunk them in a sweet fruit dip, or even eat them just by themselves. But the highest calling for a strawberry is to be part of a delicious strawberry shortcake.

I say that, but I can’t confirm with certainty that I’ve ever had actual shortcake. Genuine shortcake is more like a scone, or a slightly sweet biscuit. If you don’t want your sweets to be all that sweet, this is just right for you.

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For convenience sake, some folks use those preformed sponge cakes displayed next to strawberries in the grocery store, which are sort of like Twinkies without the filling. Or they substitute another kind of cake. My wife prefers angel food cake, which is nice because it absorbs the flavors and isn’t as fattening. But if you’re worried about the diet, strawberry shortcake probably isn’t for you anyway.

Okay, now I’m going to have to stop at one of those strawberry stands this weekend and pick up some fresh strawberries. I’ve just made myself very hungry…

Americana: County Fairs

I'm sure that ferris wheel in the background was safety inspected. Well, pretty sure. Uploaded to Flickr by lapstrake.

I'm sure that ferris wheel in the background was safety inspected. Well, pretty sure. Uploaded to Flickr by lapstrake.

Walk with me. Over here we have Elmer Bishop’s 1,100 pound pumpkin. Elmer’s so proud. In this pavilion over here, little Jeffy Scott entered his favorite lamb, Talulah, in competition. Can’t stay long, though – the demolition derby starts in 20 minutes.

Yes, it’s the county fair, and don’t think you’re too good to go to one. It’s a chance to appreciate the hard work that farmers and other down-to-earth neighbors do to make sure you have food on the table and clothes on your back.

Uploaded to Flickr by j cator.

Uploaded to Flickr by j cator.

Your typical county fair might have competitions for livestock, agricultural products, arts and crafts, and things edible from pies to breads to Spam. There’ll be a show by a country music “star” who had a top 30 hit in the seventies. There’ll be a midway with a Tilt-a-Whirl that may have been inspected for safety, or maybe not.

And there’ll be lots of “I can’t believe I’m going to eat that but the county fair happens just once a year” food. Funnel cakes, which Jim Gaffigan described as a giant french fry with sugar on top. Elephant ears, though the one you had last year is still in your stomach. Fried candy bars, Twinkies, and pickles. And cotton candy, of course.

The county fair should be opening soon. Go! And have a fried Snickers bar for me.