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Call us sentimental softies if you insist, but we dare anybody with a nostalgia for the farm to watch this one without a catch in your throat.

The Countdown Continues. But Not Quickly Enough

This charming short video from British retailer John Lewis reminds us it's natural to be prematurely excited this time of year, when you remember the real gifts of the season.

Looking for some really fresh ideas? This is the definition of really thinking outside the box.

With age and wisdom comes the realization that there's always something to be thankful for, if you know how to look

As then 72-year-old Mary Maxwell illustrated in this invocation for a home-health-care service's national convention in Omaha in 2009, saying grace is an art that perhaps only the seasoned can master. Or at least master this well.

 

A tour of the best and worst in fair food

Come on, admit it. The best reason to attend the state fair every summer is to be once more shocked into queasiness by the abundance of fried, salted, sugared and otherwise politically incorrect food. Here's some of the best of the worst of this summer's fair fare.

 

Bacon-wrapped corn dogs. What could possibly improve this 190-calorie, 38 percent fat staple of the fair circuit? Two words: Ba-Con!

 

Deep Fried Butter on a Stick. The now-classic fair food dips an entire stick of butter, itself on a stick, into a sweet cinnamon batter, topped with a sugared glaze. Tasty, and it makes your hair shine!

Deep Fried Trix. Silly rabbit, heart attax aren't just for kids!

Deep Fried Girl Scout Cookies. Whether it's caramel and coconut Samoas or mint and chocolate Thin Mints dipped in batter, deep-fried and powdered sugared, here's your chance to help commemorate the 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts by pretty much ensuring you'll never see that many years yourself.

Poutine. A French-Canadian dish whose name translates loosely as "cottage-cheese gravy soup," tops a basket of french fries with hot gravy and "squeaky" curds of white cheddar.

The Doughnut Dog. Take one high-quality German-style frank, wrap it in bacon, deep fry it inside a longjohn doughnut and dip it all in maple syrup. Breakfast, lunch and dessert in one convenient dish.

Fried Bubblegum. Dip three jumbo bubblegum flavored marshmallows in a bubblegum flavored batter, deep fry, drizzle with blue bugglebum-flavored glaze and garnish with bubblegum bits. Your dentist will thank you.

Deep Fried Pickle Dawg. Quarter and slice a dill pickle, add cream cheese, wrap in ham and pastrami, batter it and deep fry. Somebody call the Dawktor!

 

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