Monday, July 24, 2006

Jack Eating Hoosier Health Food at the County Fair

Funnel Cakes. For those who haven't had the opportunity to devour such middle American food, Funnel Cakes are basically deep fried dough covered in powdered sugar.

Which reminds me of a true story I heard recently. I know the source to be completely reliable.

Years ago, the local Bloomington Paper, The Herald Times had a VERY local food section filled with homey recipes featuring lots of sugar and lard. My friend's cousin decided to play a joke and sent in a recipe for "Deep Fried Sugar Balls" and signed it Mildred something. Mildred wrote that the deep fried sugar balls were "loved by grandparents and grandchildren alike." The recipe went something like this:

Take lard and roll it into balls. Coat with sugar. Deep fry the balls in lard.

The paper actually printed the recipe. If that wasn't crazy enough, readers actually tried the recipe and then wrote in to complain that it didn't work. Then, in another bizzare twist, The New Yorker picked up the recipe and printed it. Under the "loved by grandparents and grandchildren" claim, The New Yorker wisely added..."if they live to tell the tale."

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