Category: Fairs

An Unintentional Break


A more recent pic of the Ground Bologna Sandwich Spread, an image that’s also a little more appetizing than the other one. Someone’s said all that’s missing in this photo is topping the ground bologna with a fried egg. I’m thinking that’s good thinking.

I know. It’s been three months. Three entire months since that last post way back on June 13th.

It’s been a busy time, what with a new infant granddaughter in the house, all the city events here in Luna Pier over the summer, and cooking the Snack Shack line at the waterpark in Dundee. Over weekends and on some holidays there are a lot of orders to cook, a lot of food to put out the serving window, a lot of party pizzas, chicken tenders with beer-battered French fries, mozzarella sticks … all the good stuff to provide energy for people playing in the water for hours on end.


Detroiter Thornetta Davis performs as headliner of the day-long and first annual Luna Pier Bootleggers & Blues Festival, July 23, 2011. Next year the festival will be two days with more than the five acts that entertained the crowd of 2,000 this year.

Unfortunately, I’ve found that it’s once again very difficult to be creative for the blog after cooking at work all day.

There have been some starts in that time and certainly some advances. I’ve found creating pasta sauces is actually a whole lot easier than I thought, so a couple of those are in the works. And I’m wracking my brain trying to figure out how we might serve at the beach again next summer with the new beachhouse that’s going in not having a rentable kitchen space.

Had an interesting dream about that first image in this post. It seemed I was adding Panko breadcrumbs to the Ground Bologna Sandwich Spread, heating up some olive oil, and frying patties of the stuff in a pan like I would a good crab cake. I woke up fairly startled. I’ve had really good Fried Bologna Sandwiches before, not only in various homes but also in a barbecue joint called Baldy-Q’s in Swanton, Ohio, where the bologna was cut a good 1/2″ thick and fried in the pan slowly to heat it through. A Fried Ground Bologna Sandwich? On a grilled bun with provolone, with maybe lettuce and thick-sliced tomato? Yeah, that’s how these things get started sometimes …

So I’ll get working on some things. I really feel a need now to be creative in the kitchen again, especially with the food variety at work being now more-or-less a constant. I just need to go shopping and get some decent ingredients. Let’s see, would that be an onion roll or a kaiser roll …

Finally, here’s a pic of our beautiful granddaughter Allie, photographed by Ashlea Phenicie at Sundance Photography. Yeah, I’m a proud grandpa. 🙂

Finally: A Pic of the Half-Pound Steakburger

I’ve blogged a couple times before about our favorite food trailer in Monroe County, the Rock ‘n Roll CafĂ© owned by John and Melita Scott. The one photo I was missing, however, was that of their half-pound steakburger, topped with a slice of Swiss cheese and freshly-sautĂ©ed onions, peppers and mushrooms. This is a pic of the burger I had this afternoon.

If you’re headed to the Monroe County Fair this week the Rock ‘n Roll CafĂ© is parked in its regular spot, just south of the first walking path intersection after you first enter the fair itself. And don’t forget to have one of their corndogs later as well. Even people I know who don’t like corndogs, like the ones from the Rock ‘n Roll CafĂ©. Trust me, they’re a little bit different … but in a good way!

An Amorous Goat, Never-Ending Rabbits, and Bri Gets Dunked!

Awww, he loved me! From what I was told, this rather amorous goat at the fair has pushingly-snuggled with complete strangers ever since he was a baby 4 years ago. Now, at 200 pounds, he doesn’t know any better!

On the final day of the Monroe County Fair, another goat had discovered the straw was fresher on the other side of the cage wall:

It takes a minute, but in this next pic, you can tell where one rabbit ends and the other begins:

While visiting with Knoah‘s mom and dad, Briahna volunteered to be in the dunk tank in the Arthur Lesow Community Center dunk tank. Here, Knoah’s dad, Will Sweat (a fixture around the MonroeTalks.com forums) gives Bri instructions on being a proper dunk tank rider:

A little redhead took proper aim at my blonde daughter … and …

… down she went!

Bri said it wasn’t cold, put that first high-speed drop took her by complete surprise!

We hope to see you at next-year’s fair!

Fair Food at Twilight

Regardless of whether or not I feel there are far too many duplications in the food options at the Monroe County Fair, I have to admit the area has a beautiful and ethereal quality to it at twilight on a clear evening. Here are a few twilight pics of some of the more unique trailers at this year’s fair. Enjoy!

The Fair: Best Elephant Ears in The Midway

One fair food item Mary really, really likes is Elephant Ears. These are rather simple to make. A yeast-based pastry dough is allowed to rise. The prepared dough is stretched into a flat shape like a pizza crust, then deep-fried till it’s golden-brown. After a few minutes rest, it’s sprinkled with either a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon, or sifted powdered sugar, and served to a waiting fair guest. Personally, I don’t like these things anywhere close to as much as Mary does. They’re nearly always over-cooked, the sprinkled coating seems to get into, onto and around everything, and once I’m done eating even a portion of one, I end up needing a gallon of hot water just to get the sticky substances off my hands.

Then why was it, after I got one from the lovely Breann in the above pic yesterday evening, did I have to go back and get another one of these nasty beasties? What was so different about them that actually made me want more?? I had to find out …

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