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Flavors of Fall, Scents of Childhood Revisited

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I'm jonesing right now for the Fryeburg Fair and all that goes with it. For those of you that don't already know, I grew up in Southern Maine and the Fryeburg Fair is Maine's largest agricultural event (held on 185 acres) in the Saco River Valley which are the foothills of the White Mountains.

It runs for 8 full days and nothing beats the delectable tastes of the varying foods available. I particularly miss doughboys, my favorite fattening food of all time. The smells of roasting peanuts (Sorry Southerners, the only way to eat a peanut is to ROAST it, not Boil it or deep fry it!), cotton candy, hot sausage with green peppers and onions sizzling away and various booths with fresh maple syrup, corn on the cob, apple turnovers, and even bags of mini donuts that we often bought in the later hours of the evening, as much to bring back feeling in our frozen fingers as to fill our bellies.
These are things memories (and womanly Hips!!) are made of.

While it's been a few years since I've been able to attend the fair (and although we've traveled quite extensively I have Yet to see anything that matches it!), every year when she rolls around, I find myself longing like a kid in a Candy store for all of those delicious scents of fall and fun.

Here is one of my favorite fall snack recipes that remind me of the Good Ol' days of the Fryeburg Fair:

Sugared Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 c. pumpkin seeds (rinsed and dried overnight)
  • 1 egg white mixed with 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. salt


Dump the seeds and egg white/water mix into a Ziploc bag. Mix thoroughly until all seeds are well coated. Add Sugar and spices and shake well, making sure they are well mixed.

Spread on greased baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees for one hour turning the seeds every 15 minutes.

These pumpkin seeds are excellent munchies while sitting in traffic waiting to go to the fair. *sigh*

~Enjoy~

Liss

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Comments

  1. JoAnn's Avatar
    Liss,
    This sounds so wonderfully super. The social event of the year. I like to travel too, and nothing that I have ran across comes even close to what you are describing. So sorry that you are missing it.
    And sweeten pumpkin seeds, never have I had this treat. Certainly will have to try this one. This sounds like a must have for the fall season.
    JoAnn
  2. Liss's Avatar
    Thank you JoAnn, did you notice I finally figured out how to not moderate new comments, lol.

    I'm thinking of making dough boys today, but I don't know if I can find time to fit in an extra 2 miles in my walk to make up for them.
  3. wilbe95's Avatar
    I haven't heard of using egg whites in the pumpkin seeds. I have made them with the sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on. Bet the egg whites help it to stay on the seeds. It will be fun to try, the boys every year want seeds fixed and this will be fun for them to try.
    thanks,
    kim
  4. JoAnn's Avatar
    Liss,
    Oh yes I did Liss (noticed that change), you have been so busy with this site. So many changes. (Super Job You Are Doing). I don't think I can say that statement enough. Family and this site ,where do you find the time?
    Dough boys I don't think I have ever had these - Maybe under a different name. If you have the time could you put out a recipe. I hate asking. But everything this site has is so good and I haven't seen this one.
    Thank-You
    JoAnn
  5. Liss's Avatar
    Oh yes I did Liss (noticed that change), you have been so busy with this site. So many changes. (Super Job You Are Doing). I don't think I can say that statement enough. Family and this site ,where do you find the time?
    LOL, between running my husbands business/customers and my own, some days I don't know if I am coming or going.

    Thank you so much, its all of you gals that keep me going on the site and the friendships.

    Dough boys I don't think I have ever had these
    hmm.. in the midwest they're called elephant ears, in the south we've seen them as fried dough, in the northeast doughboys, in the west coast they were called whale tails. On various trips to Canada we've seen them sold as beaver tails.

    Basically, it is a sweet yeast dough, stretched and fried. Then coated in warm melted butter and powdered sugar and cinnamon,and it just Melts in your mouth and sticks to your hips. LOL

    The easiest (and laziest) way to make them is to use the frozen bread dough. I used to buy a package of 5 frozen loaves for $1.97 at Shaws Supermarket. Which was actually cheaper than buying the ingredients at the time. But I haven't seen frozen loaves in Forever!

    You can make them with any sweet yeast dough you like, just let the dough rise, break off a piece the size of your fist and then stretch it, deep fry it. mmmmmmmm

    I suppose, I'd better get off my rumpus and start getting things done today. Have a great day!!
  6. groetzinger's Avatar
    This brings back memories.Nothing better than a fair in the fall.Do they still have the horse racing?
  7. JoAnn's Avatar
    Oh my lands Lizz, I have had these. The Lorain County Fair has some of the best Eelephant Ears. I usually make a special trip for these. I now know what you mean. The tastes is out of this world. I never knew these were so easy to make.
    (The easiest & laziest) Will be my first choice. Sending someone out for frozen bread loafs this afternoon. I can feel the powder sugar on my face now. Thanks.
  8. Unregistered's Avatar
    In Oklahoma we call that funnel cakes. But even better is Fry bread or Indian Tacos. Fry bread with meat and lettuce, tomatoes,onions and cheese
  9. beansthemama's Avatar
    Sounds like so much fun! You make me want to go

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