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    I went to the state fair today and had not one, but two corndogs. They were really good. That is all

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    I can't believe it's almost fair time again. I can almost taste the fried goodies now...fried mushrooms, fried snickers, those tiny little donuts that are so good I could pretty much inhale the whole bag in one sitting...
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    Our 2 copies of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking arrived in the mail yesterday (one for me, one for my daughter). I saw the movie "Julie & Julia" twice already. Am I a geek or what?
    I saw the movie and have been wanting to order that book too. I feel like I can master the art of French cooking too.

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    Re: General Food Talk

    Quote Originally Posted by Critical;3675169;
    I went to the state fair today and had not one, but two corndogs. They were really good. That is all

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    I love corndogs at the fair. They just dont' taste as good anywhere else.
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    I saw the movie and have been wanting to order that book too. I feel like I can master the art of French cooking too.
    I'm going to tackle the Beef Stew featured in the movie today for a going away dinner for my daughter (starts college tomorrow). If all goes well, I may even try the queen of sheba (chocolate) cake they smear all over their faces for dessert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter;3675441;
    Our 2 copies of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking arrived in the mail yesterday (one for me, one for my daughter). I saw the movie "Julie & Julia" twice already. Am I a geek or what?
    I love that movie, want to see it again, and add the DVD to my "food and wine" movie collection as soon as it's released! (Guess that makes me a bigger geek . . . )
    And as soon as the weather gets chilly, I want to make the Boeuf Bourguignon.
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    The Boeuf Bourguignon is in the oven and it smells divine!!! I'm crazy making it on a hot day, but this is a special occasion. I'm going to make the chocolate cake, too, but one question: I have a ton of unsweetened chocolate squares and it calls for semi-sweetened. Can I use those and add sugar or corn/Karo syrup? HELP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by waywyrd;3675451;
    All diet plans are left at the gate during state fairs. You may pick them up again when you leave.

    I can't believe it's almost fair time again. I can almost taste the fried goodies now...fried mushrooms, fried snickers, those tiny little donuts that are so good I could pretty much inhale the whole bag in one sitting...
    Absolutely!

    I only got corn dogs - one for dinner and one for lunch! These were like uber corn dogs too. Good polish dogs and a nice crispy outside. I wanted a funnel cake, but I was so tired at the end of the day, that I gave up. I'm not so into all the other fried stuff, but the whole "on-a-stick" phenomenon is hysterical. The Orange County Fair (which I grew up going to and working at) debuted Pizza-on-a-stick and eggroll-on-a-stick one year and I was

    Maybe I'll go back again - the fair just opened Friday and will be on for another few weeks - and try for a funnel cake. I didn't get much time to look around either, since I was demo-ing in one of the arts buildings.

    Cal Expo, which is where the state fair is held, is gigantic. I pretend that the walk to the car - at least a mile in awful heat - worked off at least one of those corn dogs

    ETA: I'm about to break down and buy Julia's cookbook too. I have The Way to Cook and have referred back to it for years. It's more of a how-to on various basics of cooking. The bourguignon is one of the main reasons I want that cookbook - it's one of my favorite dishes and I'm sure Julia's version is divine. A good friend of mine has really turned me on to the joys of French food in the last few years and I'd love to start cooking it myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter;3675617;
    The Boeuf Bourguignon is in the oven and it smells divine!!! I'm crazy making it on a hot day, but this is a special occasion. I'm going to make the chocolate cake, too, but one question: I have a ton of unsweetened chocolate squares and it calls for semi-sweetened. Can I use those and add sugar or corn/Karo syrup? HELP!
    I don't see why not. Does the cake call for other sugar or corn syrup? If so, I'd just add a bit more of it to taste after adding the melted chocolate. I tend to like chocolate things less sweet than what the recipe calls for, so when a recipe calls for semisweet chocolate, I usually use the unsweetened anyway, and then just add more sugar (or honey, or agave nectar, etc.) if it needs it.
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    Thanks - I think I'll try that. I don't like chocolate super-sweet, either. Now I'm trying to decide whether to even make it today. It calls for whipping egg whites and it is so hot and muggy I don't know if that will even work.
    Heh - I just checked the weather and it is 92% humidity. So I think I'll just run out in my air conditioned car and get a chocolate cheesecake or something from the bakery dept. of the grocery store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter;3675784;
    Thanks - I think I'll try that. I don't like chocolate super-sweet, either. Now I'm trying to decide whether to even make it today. It calls for whipping egg whites and it is so hot and muggy I don't know if that will even work.
    Heh - I just checked the weather and it is 92% humidity. So I think I'll just run out in my air conditioned car and get a chocolate cheesecake or something from the bakery dept. of the grocery store.
    Good idea! High humidity makes whipped things, sugar, and flour really tricky for baking.
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