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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!

Give Me Some Lip! LipSense Video Review @lastnightshow @bubblrmedia

Posted on August 19th, 2017 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews

​​When I got this email out of the blue, I jumped for joy! I’ve been hoping for an opportunity like this. If you watch my livestream shows, you know I always wear lipstick. It’s my thing!

I did a live demo trying LipSense for the first time on SnapChat. LipSense claims to be Kiss Proof, Smudge Proof, and Water Proof. I just had to see for myself. See the video for the results!

 

Here is what Brittany said:

“I have been creeping your blog for quite awhile haha, and l really love your positive style. I’m a local Southern California mom as well and I was actually wondering if you might be interested in a doing a review…”

Oh Yeah! I am interested!

Thanks Brittany!

LipSense, I’m excited!

What do you think? Have you tried it yet?

Check out Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz LIVE! on BubblrMedia every Saturday night to see the Fly Girl LipSense lip color and gloss in action!

If you want to try it – reach out to Brittany: kissntellmurrieta@gmail.com

31 Things About Me #InspiringAdventures #LEDA #LSPChallenge @mizmelizla

Posted on August 4th, 2017 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional

I’m taking the Live Streaming Pros Challenge: Live Every Day in August. When Luria Petrucci asked us to write in the comments during her broadcast yesterday, “I commit.” I did it. I started today.

I decided to list 31 things about myself. These will be my daily topics. So, tune in, chime in, and let’s talk! Five minutes a day is all it takes. I’ll stream live from Facebook.com/MizMelizLA I will try my best to stick to consistent times. I hope to see you there!

31 Things About Me

August 4: My favorite color is red
August 8: I love living in Southern California
I’ve been married 25 years
I have three sons
I have three cats
My best friend lives in NH
I love to paint
I want to travel
I want to write another book
I love yoga
I love Jeeps
I love Chocolate
I love the beach
I miss shopping
I like gardening
I want a helicopter
I want to go on a tropical vacation
I love 80s music
I am a wordsmith/poet
I love talking to people
I did the 100 Day Promise
I did the 100mandala challenge
I love roses
I love hats
Social media is my jam
I believe in having a vision
I’m a certified professional life coach
I love to sing but I can’t
I love sailing
BubblrMedia is my dream business
Live-streaming is the main vehicle I use to deliver my message, it’s the one I enjoy driving the best!

A word about challenges…

This is my challenge. I am accepting it now because I believe it will help me with instituting a daily practice of delivering fresh content in my live feed on Facebook. This is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile. I’ve joined other challenges and I have found it to be an effective way for me to develop routines, hone skills, and be better at what I am doing.

There has been some discussion around the interwebs about how these challenges clutter up the feeds and become like junk mail in our already minutiae laden datasphere. I say, stay calm and scroll on! You are in control of what you consume. If you don’t like to see people try to make themselves get better at something, if seeing too much video content is starting to bore you, then it might be time for you to unplug for awhile. Video, especially live video, is on the rise!


I’m speaking at ConnectHer Media’s Women in Business Conference #ConnectHer17 on Using Video to Help Build Your Brand Effectively with Andrea Corson of Video Pop and Aaron M. Sanchez of KMET ABC News Radio on August 5-6, 2017.

Inspiring Adventures featuring @ConnectHerMedia CEO Laura Filipowicz and CMO Carolyn West @BubblrMedia

Posted on July 22nd, 2017 by & filed under BubblrMedia, Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures, Interview, Workshops and Webinars

Interview with Laura Filipowicz and Carolyn West – ConnectHER Media: Discovering the value that relationship marketing holds for women in business.

Laura Filipowicz, Founder of ConnectHer Media greeting attendees at ConnectHer Conference, August 2016

Intention

When we meet up with Melissa Reyes on her show, Inspiring Adventures on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. PST LIVE on Facebook.com/BubblrMedia we’d like to discuss our upcoming ConnectHER Media Conference in Las Vegas, August 4 – 6. This will be our 6th annual women’s business conference and our first 3-day event outside of Southern California.

We are both passionate about helping other women succeed. We like providing networking and educational opportunities for entrepreneurs.

We both are motivated by our daughters. We want to show them that being a great parent and strong businesswomen aren’t mutually exclusive.

Laura Filipowicz, CEO ConnectHer Media

“Our core philosophy is based on relationship marketing. Whether your business is well established or if you are just starting out, this is a great place to meet fellow MOMpreneurs as well as, women entrepreneurs. It is a place you can gain ideas, contacts, and develop business relationships. Our company thrives on providing your business with visibility among it’s readers. It also provides you with a platform to communicate with professionals through Networking Socials, Exclusive Innovative Events and the MUST attend – Annual Women in Business Conference. All areas of our company is designed to assist in delivering value to your business. We welcome professionals from all business industries.” ~Laura Filipowicz, ConnectHer Media

Carolyn West, CMO ConnectHer Media

Connection

To learn more about the conference, it’s sponsors and speakers take a look at the awesome website here: http://connectherconference.com

Check out the community on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/connecthermedia/

Connect on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConnectHERMedia

Inspiration

Two years ago, when I was first invited to attend ConnectHer15, I was so impressed. I sat at a table near the back of the room. I thought to myself, “Wow, these speakers are great!” I had just finished my book and I was fairly confident that I wanted to be a leader in this community.

I signed up as soon as I could to be a speaker the following year. I was selected to present at a round table discussion at ConnectHer16 which was bigger and better than the year before. Again, I sat at a table surrounded by women I have gotten to know through the years, thoroughly inspired. I loved leading a round table (I did the presentation on using video to promote your business three times that day!) At the end of the day I walked up to the gorgeous stage, I sat on the plush purple sofa, surrounded by pink balloons and I imagined myself being on that stage. I took a few selfies up there.

I believe that when you envision it, you can make it happen. I am excited about being on a panel about video at ConnectHer 2017! I am just starting to wonder, who and what will inspire me there for the next step in my journey?

Laura Filipowicz @LauraFilipowicz and me!

Carolyn West @CarolynRWest and Me!

 

Embrace Yourself for Inspiring Adventures featuring @tarynbrumfitt on @BubblrMedia #IHaveEmbraced

Posted on May 21st, 2017 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures, Interview

I just watched the documentary EMBRACE by Taryn Brumfitt, as I have been meaning to do for weeks as I prepare to interview Taryn on my show, Inspiring Adventures.

I knew it would be emotional since I have struggled with body image issues my whole life. #IHaveEmbraced ~ Melissa Reyes

I had no idea how deeply this would affect me.

Taryn discusses all kinds, every kind, of body image issue one can imagine in her film. The results are the same. We are beautiful. We are unique. It is up to us to change the way we judge each other and how we judge ourselves.

Please see the film.

Embrace is on Netflix now:

On May 30th at 6 pm Pacific Time, I have the great honor to meet Taryn and introduce her to you!

 

Here is the trailer – but I must say, this isn’t just a story of what happened to this one woman – it is about every woman.

Everyone needs to see this film.

 

The live interview will be held live on Facebook.com/BubblrMedia and in the private group, A Year in Bloom.

I hope to see you there and I welcome your questions and comments. Please post them either here, or on Facebook, and please know that I will do my very best to get to as many as possible during the interview.

Thank you!

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 30th for Inspiring Adventures!

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