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Here's the link storm from the Fresh Sheet in Wednesday's food section.

All of the details for the national contests at this year's Spokane Interstate Fair can be found in the exhibitors guide on the fair website. The Spokane Interstate Fair will be held Sept. 7 through 16.

Ghirardelli Rocky Road Cupcakes

From Ghirardelli, www.ghirardelli.com

2 cups Ghirardelli 60 percent bittersweet chocolate chips, divided 

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

3 large eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts 

1 cup mini marshmallows

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the lower third. Prepare muffin pan by placing paper liners in cups and greasing or spraying top surface. Grease or spray the top surface of the pan with nonstick spray and line the cups with paper liners. In the top of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl over barely simmering water, melt 1 1/4 cups of the chocolate chips with the butter, stirring frequently until melted and smooth. Remove the chocolate from the heat and let it cool to lukewarm.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder together thoroughly. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, and salt with an electric mixer on high speed for 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture is very pale and thick. 

Scrape the warm chocolate over the egg mixture and fold it in with a large rubber spatula. Sprinkle the flour into the bowl with half of the remaining chocolate chips and half of the walnuts. Fold just until the ingredients are blended. 

Divide the batter evenly among the lined cups. Sprinkle the tops with marshmallows followed by the remaining walnuts and the remaining chocolate chips. Bake 18 to 20 minutes until the marshmallows are golden brown.

Set the pan on a rack to cool for 5 minutes. Run the tip of a table knife around the top of each cupcake to detach any melted marshmallow or chocolate from the pan. Let the cupcakes cool until firm enough to remove from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Yield: 12 cupcakes

The Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association will host the Jackass Kickin’ BBQ Cook-off on June 29 and 30 at the Sunnyside Elementary School, 790 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho. The competition is a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event and Idaho state championship with a $5,000 purse. Entry details are online here.

Barbecue eaters can get a taste of the action on Saturday, June 30 at the public barbecue dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. More details about those activities are online.

And yes, I lost my mind and typed in the wrong recipe from “Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone.”

Here's the recipe for the Caramel Latte Pops … really.

Caramel Latte Pops

6 to 8 shots freshly brewed espresso or more if desired

4 1/2 cups milk

1/4 cup caramel sauce

1/4 cup finely diced soft caramel candies

Put the espresso in a bowl.

Stir in the milk, caramel sauce and caramel candies.

Pour the mixture into the pop molds. Insert the sticks. Freeze for at least 6 hours.

Remove from the freezer; let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before removing the pops from the molds. Serve.

Yield: 6 (8-ounce) pops

Weird Al, Joan Jett and Osmonds headline the Fair

The Spokane Interstate Fair concert lineup has just been announced:

  • Neal McCoy, country, Sept. 12
  • The Osmond Brothers, pop, Sept. 13
  • Weird Al Yankovic, rock parody, Sept. 14
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, rock,  Sept. 15
  • Switchfoot!, rock, Sept. 16

In addition, the Fair will have its traditional lineup of non-musical entertainment:

  • PRCA Rodeo, Sept. 9 and 10
  • Monster Trucks, Sept. 17
  • Demolition Derby, Sept. 11 and 18

Tickets will go on sale July 11 through TicketsWest.

Make it the biggest parade, ever

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association is gearing up for the annual parade and street fair on July 16 - with the parade starting around 10:30 a.m.
Parade floats and participants big and small may gather in the parking lot at Grant Elementary School, begining at 9 a.m. It's $5 to be in the parade and fees are collected that morning.
As something new, Perry Street will be closed to traffic all day between Ninth and 11th Avenues, so craft and food vendors will be set up in the actual street.
The fair and parade committe is looking to fill 88 vendor spots with everything from arts and crafts, to food and informational booths. So far, 15 have signed up. 

(The photo is from last year's parade)

Great gift from Perry Fair and Parade

The proceeds from this year’s South Perry Fair and Parade were designated to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and to Grant Elementary School’s PAWS program. On Tuesday night at the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association, Kris Gladeau, a teacher at Grant, received $1,000 toaward purchasing new books for the school library.

“This means so much, it really is a great gift,” said Gladeau, looking at the check. “It has been years since we have been able to buy any new books. It’s like our fiction section is all classics.”

Gladeau said she’ll ask the students which kinds of books they are interested in and then create a purchase list from there.

And that’s a wrap

There was an informal gathering at the Perry Street Cafe Monday evening of all the people who helped make this year’s fair and parade a success. The Cafe generously fed everyone and ideas flew left and right around the table. Most importantly: the fair and parade made a profit, which will be donated to two charities in the neighborhood - the final amounts will be announced on Tuesday, at the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association meeting.

Among the many ideas was to have the parade go around twice (it’s short…) - starting the music earlier, right after the parade - getting a banner to hang across the street - the location of the stage - the need for MORE volunteers to help move tables and chairs - and complete closure of the street for the afternoon.

So here’s your chance: what would you like to see next year at the South Perry Fair and Parade?

Fair and Parade schedule is ready

The South Perry Parade and Fair opens on Saturday July 17 with perhaps the area’s smallest and most quirky community parade at 10 a.m. The parade runs between 8th and 12th Avenues on South Perry and it’s not too late to sign up. Willie Earthman is the grand marshal of the parade.

The Street Fair runs all day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the business district and in Grant Park. There will be free bike tuneups by Pedals2People at The Shop all day and live music in the park and at The Shop.

Get the Saturday band schedule here.

A portion of proceeds from the Fair and Parade goes to The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Center, Grant Elementary School’s Parent and Teacher Organization (PAWS) and the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association.

The next planning meeting is on Monday, July 12 at 5:30 at the Perry Street Cafe - everyone is welcome.

The Fair and Parade still needs volunteers and vendors are welcome to sign up by contacting Heidi at (509) 536-5516 or e-mail: sirhhash@comcast.net

 

Vendors and parade floats needed

The South Perry Street Fair and Parade is on July 17 - with the parade starting at 10 a.m. Vendors are still needed for the fair, and organizers would like for more funky parade participants to show up.

“Right now the big push is to get more vendors for the fair,” said organizer Marshall Powell, who stopped by The Shop this morning. “We are looking for artists and crafters, small businesses. We just need them to call us.” That number is (509) 536-5516

The music lineup is begining to come together, Powell said. The band Hay is For Horses is playing at 4 p.m. followed by LaChacha at 6 p.m. - both at the band shell in Grant Park.

The next fair and parade planning meeting is on Tuesday 6/29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Perry Street Cafe.