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Minnesota State Fair EXTRA: Fried Cheese Curds

August 16, 2009



Above: this 12 minute video shows many brief glimpses of Fair attractions. And it's the Minnesota State Fair that you're seeing. It talks about cheese curds, but I recommend you take the time to watch the video to get a sense of the Fair. The cooking lesson, while well-intentioned, misses the point for me because I'm not interested in a "healthier" version of fried Cheese Curds. If you are impatient you can skip to about 7:50 and see the Cheese Curds booth in the Food Building at the Fair—where I recommend you go for all your Cheese Curd needs. If the embedded video doesn't work see this video on You Tube.

This morning's post, Minnesota State Fair Prep—#5: Fair Food Made Simple (And Some Thoughts on Exercise), raised a lot of questions. I addressed some of these with an EXTRA post about Salt Water Taffy. Now I feel compelled to address Cheese Curds too. The above video not only shows you how these are made at the Fair (at minute 7:50 or so), but throughout it shows you some nice clips of Fair attractions. You can feel the August heat and humidity and get a sense of the crowds. Stick with it and you'll be rewarded by a lovely sheep encounter.

I almost forgot to mention: in the attractions you'll see Lillian Colton, Crop Artist extraordinare (who has since passed away) posing with a book about her art; see the butter portraits of the Fair Princesses (read about the program here); people selling all sorts of things; other people playing games of chance on the Midway; sword swallowing—just watch it OK?

    • Chris
    • August 16, 2009
    Reply

    Urggghh! I can feel my arteries clogging.

    • Roz
    • August 16, 2009
    Reply

    Chris, that’s why exercise is so important! And it doesn’t hurt to have lots of the good type of cholesterol!

    • Julianna Mahley
    • August 17, 2009
    Reply

    Okay. So now I see. The Amish have a lot of fat in their cooking, and it isn’t particularly healthy…that is why it is so good. But they definitely don’t have cheese curds. Have some for me.

    • Julianna Mahley
    • August 17, 2009
    Reply

    P.S. And I like that the cheese curds guy provides employment to 100 kids. That is a good thing in this economy.

    • Roz
    • August 18, 2009
    Reply

    Julianna, the Fair gives employment to lots and lots of kids! It’s a good thing all around.

    I will definitely have some Cheese Curds for you!

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