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Fresh Sheet : Make this a State Fair to remember

Get those State Fair recipes ready.

The Spokane County Interstate Fair runs from Sept. 7 to 16, but now’s the time to be perfecting those blue-ribbon-winning dishes.

In addition to the standard contests for best bread, cake, pies, cookies, candy, canned goods and other items, there are several special contests using specific foods.

Ready? Can you concoct a recipe using Malt-O-Meal? How about Spam? Or Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing and Seasoning Mix? These may be easier: Ghirardelli chocolate and Fleischmann’s yeast.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, call the entry office at (509) 477-1766 or log on to for more information.

Berry, berry good

Go strawberry picking with the Spokane Slow Food Group Saturday and enjoy a strawberry shortcake feast made with the fruits of your labor afterwards.

The group is meeting at 8:30 a.m. at Siemer’s U-Pick at Greenbluff. Participants must pay for the strawberries they pick, as well as $5 for shortcake.

Register for the event by sending an e-mail to

For more information on what’s growing at Greenbluff, log on to

Mountain cookin’

The owners of the Lazy “B” Ranch, a bed-and-breakfast in northeast Washington, just south of the Canadian border, have published the second edition of their cookbook, “Favorites from the Lazy Bee.”

It includes comforting dishes such as Blueberry Upside Down Cake, Chicken So Good I Stole the Recipe and Monday Night Meatloaf.

Jo Ann Bender runs the ranch with her husband, F.C. “Bud” Budinger, and they compiled the recipe book together.

Bender will be at Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. in Spokane, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, signing copies of the book and passing out treats. The book is available at Auntie’s, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and Huckleberry’s Natural Market.


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