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Delicious and Offbeat Recipes for Labor Day from George Geary @ChefGeary

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Foodie Reviews

Award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator George Geary celebrates the weird and wonderful foods sold at state and county fairs with his new book, Fair Foods: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s State and County Fairs (Santa Monica Press/August 2017). This illustrated cookbook features 120 recipes of some of the most interesting and unusual foods served at fairs across the USA.

I was provided a review copy of the book  by George Geary from The Trina Kaye Organization/Lifestyle Public Relations. I was not required or obligated to publish a review. All opinions are my own. Recipes and photos used by permission. See my disclosure to read more about why I post articles like this on my blog.

Summer is Not Over Yet!

The summer season is a time for ice cream, trips to the beach, and . . . state and county fairs! The food selection at state and county fairs is now more diverse and delicious than ever before, ranging from timeless classics like apple pie and corn dogs to new inventions like spicy peanut butter and jelly cheeseburgers and fried Coca-Cola®!

Would you like to try making some of these crazy creations or even some timeless classics at home? Get the book for your pure enjoyment, the photos are amazing and it is a great “show and tell” book, but you can also use it to wow your guests when you follow the recipes.

Would you like to know how to make Deep-Fried Oreos®? Here is how George does it! 

 

 

FAIR FOODS: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s
State and County Fairs
By George Geary
Santa Monica Press/August 2017
Hardcover/$24.95
ISBN-13: 978-1-59580-093-0
“For 28 seasons, I was involved in the largest county fair in the country: the Los Angeles County Fair,” says Geary. “During that time, I watched as the focus of the fair moved from blue ribbons and homemade pie bake-offs to the rows and rows of vendors that now hawk crazy food combinations. Around 1980, ‘classic’ fair food began to evolve from cotton candy and snow cones to bacon-wrapped doughnuts fried in pork belly fat. Not all the food sold at the fair is fried, but the motto of today’s county fair might as well be ‘Just Fry It!’”
Fair Foods highlights not only the new culinary “classics” at state and county fairs, but also longstanding favorites. Some of the recipes in the book include:
  • Maple and Bacon Doughnuts
  • The World’s Gooiest Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Caramel Kettle Corn
  • Fried Sweet Potato Sticks
  • Ten-Pound Cheese Buns
  • Triple Cheeseburger Doughnuts
  • Cheesecake on a Stick
  • Chocolate-Encased Bacon
  • Deep-Fried Twinkies®
  • Fried Coca-Cola®
  • Deep-Fried Oreos®
  • Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots with Dill Dipping Sauce
  • Firehouse Chili with Peppers
  • Grilled Pork Chops on a Stick
  • Spicy Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheeseburgers
  • Egg Cream
  • Funnel Cake with Berries
  • Old-Fashioned Salted Pretzels
Each page of Fair Foods is illustrated with photographs of America’s most beloved fair foods, as well as vintage and contemporary images of rides, attractions, and nostalgic ephemera from the fair.
Fair Foods captures the joy and spirit of America’s greatest county fairs. You don’t have to wait for fair season to make these wacky and wonderful foods—now you can enjoy them all year long!
About the Author
George Geary is an award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator. A former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company, George is a Certified Culinary Professional, and was recently chosen as the Culinary Educator of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is perhaps best known for creating all the cheesecakes for The Golden Girls and other top-rated television programs.
George has worked as a critic and/or judge for ABC’s The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, The American Baking Competition with Jeff Foxworthy, Hell’s Kitchen, Supermarket Superstar, and many other popular television shows. He also teaches cooking classes aboard Holland America Lines.
For over thirty years, Geary has been a culinary contest judge for such major food manufacturers as Canola Producers, Veg-All, Hormel Foods, the Hershey Company, Knott’s Berry Farm Foods, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Fleischmann’s Yeast, the San Diego Union Tribune, ABC News, and many more. From 1982 to 2010, George was the culinary coordinator of the Los Angeles County Fair.
George is the author of L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants, as well as nine cookbooks including The Cheesecake Bible, The Complete Baking Cookbook, and 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes. He is a frequent guest on national and local television and lives in Los Angeles.

Up for a Challenge?

My son and husband love to try making their favorites from restaurants and events that we attend. One of the things they have enjoyed making is fried pickles. We try them everywhere we have been that serves them. My son thinks he has perfected a recipe of his own. Maybe he will be up for a challenge against Chef Cleary’s recipe! Here it is:
Recipe reprinted from FAIR FOODS: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s State and County Fairs
by George Geary
Santa Monica Press/August 2017
FRIED PICKLES
The hot, crunchy pucker of these fried pickles is like no other flavor you can imagine. Pair with ketchup or mustard.
Serves 4
24 oz. dill pickles, sliced into ¼-inch rounds
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. seasoned salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ tbsp. hot sauce
¾ cup water
canola oil
Special Supplies:
Stockpot
Candy/deep fry thermometer
Paper towels
Drain dill slices on paper towels. Refrigerate until ready to use.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Add hot sauce and water to make a runny paste.
In a stockpot, heat 1 ½ inches of canola oil over medium heat to 375°F.
Dip pickle rounds into the batter to coat all sides. If the batter is runny and doesn’t stick to the pickle, add additional flour. If it is too thick, add hot water.
Using a slotted spoon, lower the battered pickles into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 30 seconds, turning over halfway through.
Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
Do you like fried pickles or deep fried oreos?
Have you dared to try these items at the county fair?
Let me know if you try the recipe!

Kerry Tressler on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town @CocaCola #TenMiniTT @TenMinitt

Posted on May 18th, 2015 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Connecting People, Everything Miz Meliz, TenMiniTT 2015

I think we must be kindred spirits, soul sisters, or perhaps we are just two nice people with some common interests. I am not sure how it happened or why, but when I first “met” Kerry through an email we connected quickly and easily. (Disclosure-this is not an ad. This post is not sponsored.)

A #TenMiniTT Tinsel Town Tale with Kerry Tressler  @CocaCola on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town with Miz Meliz @TenMiniTT

5/19/2015 17:00:00

Her kind and generous nature put me at ease when I first met with Kerry Tressler at Sol Cocina in Scottsdale, Arizona. We happened to be in the same place at the same time, so we met for lunch just to get to know each other. That was so much fun and most unexpected.

photo by Melissa Reyes copyright Feb 2015 for mizmeliz.com

Melissa Reyes and Kerry Tressler

We became pals on Facebook and we swap stories now and then of fab restos we eat at and parties we get to attend. We exchange “likes” and support each other through social media. I admire that she has a position within a huge company where she can help people and make a difference in our world.  Kerry inspires me to be more involved within my community. She encourages me and somehow, in some way, I feel like she gets me. I look forward to interviewing her and learning more about what makes Kerry Tressler a total rock star! I have a feeling you will love her as much as I do!

Kerry and I will discuss her job in general, and what she is currently working on – a new national campaign called Mixify that aims to help teens and their families balance what they eat, drink and do to lead active, healthy lives. This project is part of Coca-Cola’s Balance Calories initiative.

You bet we will be talking about this! Coca-Cola’s Mad Men Connection

A Few Things I Know About Kerry

Kerry likes to travel. She enjoys playing with her dogs, Bailey and Ruff, two West Highland Terriers she calls her 4 legged furry babies. Sampling her husband’s homemade cuisine rocks her world. She likes to swim.  One of the things she is most passionate about is her love of all things, “Coca-Cola!”

Kerry is the Director of Public Affairs & Communications for The Coca-Cola Company. She has worked for the Company across many roles for more than 12 years. Not only does she love their products, but she is incredibly proud to work for a Company that is so involved in the communities where they do business.

Kerry Tressler Coke

You can connect with Kerry via her email at ketressler@coca-cola.com

When in Hollywood, you might see her at her favorite place to hang out and eat…

Barney’s Beanery!

What do you think will be Kerry’s Tinsel Town Tale?

Join me for my LIVE BROADCAST of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town with Miz Meliz on Tuesday, May 19th at 5:00 p.m. (or watch the playback FREE on Spreecast for a limited time.)

Spreecast is the social video platform that connects people.

Check out Ten Minutes w/ MizMeliz -Kerry Tressler on Spreecast.

Save the Date! Free Family Field Day & Health Fair SAT MARCH 14 @CocaCola #YouthSoccer

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz

Join the FUN!

Coca-Cola is hosting a fun event in L.A. on March 14th! 

Colin_Soccer_MedThis exciting, interactive and FREE Family Field Day event will be full of field day challenges, games, music, dancing and more for your whole family to enjoy!

The event will also include a Health Fair with community health and wellness organizations on hand to share educational information.

What:    Coca-Cola Family Field Day to celebrate the opening of two refreshed soccer fields and youth league programs at Gilbert W. Lindsay Recreation Center.

When:   Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where:  Gilbert W. Lindsay Recreation Center, 425 East 42nd Place, Los Angeles, CA 90011

I hope to see you there!cocacola event

I just love Coca-Cola, I have always been a Coke person. Now I am a Diet Coke person. When my friends at Coca-Cola asked me to share their #MakeitHappy campaign, I was overjoyed! I am not sure if the reason so many people came to read that post was because it was about Coca-Cola, America’s favorite drink, Kid President and #MakeitHappy, or because it was about the SuperBowl and TV commercials. But it doesn’t matter. The fact remains we love all of these things because of what they have in common. They make us happy.

I can’t wait to take my kids to this event and kick the ball around with them. Our family loves soccer. My boys love all sports, but they grew up on the soccer fields. All kids should have that chance.

Photo by Melissa Reyes Copyright Feb 2015 Eagle Costume #MakeitHappy All Rights Reserved http://mizmeliz.com

What makes you happy?

Share some stories in the comments below and if you would like me to share some photo memories of your family enjoying sports and having fun,  send jpgs to MizMeliz@MizMeliz.com and I will add them to a gallery on this page. #MakeitHappy

The new updates to the soccer fields and expansion of the youth soccer program were made possible thanks to a grant from The Coca-Cola Company through the National Recreation and Park Association. Helping create healthy community spaces for people to enjoy is one of Coca-Cola’s long-term commitments. 

In May 2014, the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) notified the Department of Recreation and Parks that the City of Los Angeles had been selected to receive funding through the Active Recreation Sites Program from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic branch of The Coca-Cola Company, which supports projects and programs that are most important to local communities around the world and promote healthy living through physical activity and nutrition. The Active Recreation Sites Program funds projects that improve or enhance active recreation sites in public parks. 

I received this information from the Coca-Cola Company and was encouraged to share with my friends and on my blog. I do not represent Coca-cola, I have not been compensated in exchange for this post, and all opinions are my own. Although this is an invitation and an informative post and not an advertisement, if you want to know more about why I post information like this, please read my disclosure.

How Coca-Cola intends to #MakeItHappy on Super Bowl Sunday

Posted on January 27th, 2015 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Miz Meliz Newz Update

The Big Game is just around the corner!

Family and friends will gather together for the most anticipated gridiron rivalry of the year. Once again, Coca-Cola will be part of the evening as it debuts an all-new commercial for the ninth consecutive year. (Disclosure)

Since 1886, in the U.S. and around the world, Coca-Cola has proudly stood for positive ideals and values. They have communicated joy and happiness, and inspired many moments of optimism, diversity and bringing people together. Remember “Have a Coke and a smile?” or “Sing in perfect harmony?”

Now Coca-Cola’s advertising illustrates the importance of injecting a positive spirit into the real world and beyond. The folks at Coca-Cola are asking people to stand together with them to spread happiness – and help make the internet a happier place.

Let’s help them spread happiness and positivity. Together, we can inspire America to #MakeItHappy and help blunt the pervasive negativity many people experience across the internet and social media.

Look for the premiere of Coca-Cola’s 60-second ad during the first quarter of the game.

The stories that will be shared on the Company’s social channels leading up to the game, feature personal stories of online negativity. They are voiced by teens and influential people who have experienced it up close, including Danica Patrick, Michael Sam, and those who make it a mission to spread happiness online like Kid President. Please view Kid President’s video and the three teaser ads here. Leading up to the Big Game, look for new videos to be released on Coca-Cola’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social channels.

 Don’t miss the Kid President Video! See it here:

I hope Coca-Cola’s ad campaign inspires people to be more positive in their online actions. It is an opportunity to increase awareness of an important topic on the world’s biggest advertising stage.

For more information on Intentional Acts of Kindness read my post from Dignity Health. Intentional Acts of Kindness

Join me and Coca-Cola and #MakeItHappy

Tell me about some ways that you have spread positivity on the internet or share how you have seen either Coca-Cola or other companies spreading happiness via social media.

I am always happy to share information about positivity and kindness. I was not paid by any company to post this. All opinions and photographs are my own. See my disclosure for more details on why I write posts like this on my blog. The video, links, and some copy above was sent to my by the Public Affairs & Communications department of the Coca-Cola North America Group and it is being shared with permission.