Blue Ribbon Recipes From the 2013 Iowa State Fair

Rory_Amy_State_FairSo many entries, so little time. AllSpice staff had a blast earlier this summer, judging all the entries in our food contests at the Iowa State Fair.

From ice cream to barbecue spice rubs, from frosted cookies to Sauerbraten, your favorite SpiceMeisters tackled the challenge of tasting and evaluating dozens of different kinds of delicious entries you created, using AllSpice ingredients. It was a tough job, but we had been training for it all summer [mostly by grazing on our co-workers’ snacks].

Here are the winners, with links to the winning recipes:

Gingerbread biscotti – first place, Spiced Cookie, and first place, overall best cookie
Orange and Pecan Olive Oil cookie – first place, Olive Oil Cookie
Meema’s Orange Blossom Frosted Cookie – first place, Frosted Cookie

Here’s a link to all of our cookie and bar recipes

Ice Cream
Spiced, Roasted Banana Ice Cream – first place, Spiced Ice Cream

Master list of all our ice cream recipes

Snack Mixes
Orange Pumpkin Pie Snack Mix – first place, Sweet ‘n Salty Snack Mix
Thai Peanut Snack Mix – first place, Salty Snack Mix, and overall winner

Master list of snack mix recipes

Old World Sauerbraten – first place sauerbraten, and best overall sauerbraten, too.
Believe it or not, we have a whole list of Sauerbraten recipes, too.

Spice Rubs
Chicken Rub Blend – first place, Chicken Spice Rubs. Also took first place, Overall Best Spice Rub
Beef – no entrees [sad face]
Pork Rub Blend – first place, Pork Spice Rubs

AllSpicers_at_the_fair_2013Congratulations to all the blue-ribbon winners. And thank you again to all our customers who entered our cooking contests at this year’s State Fair!

We all had so much fun (and such full tummies) sampling all your delicious and creative dishes.  Please keep an eye out, next spring, for our 2014 State Fair contests, and be sure to enter!