Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Speak softly and carry a big piece of cheesecake on a stick

Photo by Tom Spaulding

Garrison Keillor tells me that it was on this day in 1901 that Teddy Roosevelt uttered the immortal words, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" at the Minnesota State Fair. Fair-going Minnesotans have been taking him literally ever since. We've just stuck food on the sticks.

I'll be heading to the Great Minnesota Get-Together myself on Saturday for a day of giant pumpkins, pictures of Michael Jackson made from corn, baby pigs, white-water rafting, and cheese curds. And root beer. And fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. And fried pickles.

Every year I make a list of the new foods I'm going to try. Last year the big find was chocolate-covered bacon. This year, it'll be one of the following:
  • Chocolate-covered watermelon on a stick
  • Funnel cake fries with chocolate dipping sauce
  • Brat burgers
  • Peach-glazed pork cheeks
  • Deep-fried Norwegian Banana Split
Safe money's on the brat burger and the deep-fried banana, but peach pork cheeks could be the dark horse.

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