Paula's Recipe Inspiration????????
Many of Paula's recipes are not really Southern but I think I may have possibly found out where her inspiration came from. My son, his family and I attended the county fair last night. There were Doughnut Burgers, Fried Oreos, Fried Twinkies, Fried Snickers, Fried Butter and believe it or not, Fried Kool Aid. This was my first time hearing about "Fried Kool Aid". For those of you who have also never heard of it, they make a sweet batter, flavor it with Kool Aid and drop it in balls into the "grease". None of us had any desire however to try it so I can't tell you how it tasted. Now my family settled in the South right off the boat so I am 100% Southern but I'd never heard of these things until they were introduced at the fair over the years.. They definitely aren't Southern regardless to what Paula says. The South has to take the blame tho for the Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Green Beans, Fried Pickles, Blooming Onion, Onion Rings, Fried Cauliflower, Broccoli and Squash, which was also offered
My son, DIL and grands shared an order of Fried Oreo's (I don't even like Oreos right out of the package) and we all shared a Blooming Onion, Pizza and Funnel Cake; the boys also had cotton candy so we were bad but hey, the fair only comes once a year. Of course there is also the Swamp Cabbage Festival, Coconut Grove Art Festival, Black Gold Festival, Sugar Festival, etc. so I guess we are bad a little more than once a year l................... Oh well, you only live once but if I attend too many of these festivals I probably won't live as long. ;^(
I saw advertised, but had no desire to become any more closely aquainted with it, "Maggot Melts". Yes you read that right. The advertisement pictured a hamburger bun with cheese and on top of that the squirmy little critters. I made sure not to buy anything from that vendor...........didn't know where one of the little varmits might have crawled to. I looked it up online and supposedly it is a big seller all over the country. My eight year old grandson thought I was kidding until I showed him the advertisement. He said "Now that is just plain disgusting". Yep, an eight year old revolted by it and adults buying them??????