Fearless Foodie:

Tennessee Valley Fair Pumped About Pinterest (and a winning banana bread recipe)

Let no one accuse the Tennessee Valley Fair ("Fun on the Farm", Sept. 6-15) of not moving with the times! Just one of several new contest categories this year is "Pinterest Interest." It's too late to enter (that deadline was August 15), but you can look forward to viewing winners at the Kerr and Jacob buildings (which close at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively) in these contests:

01--Best use of a Mason® jar
02--Best use of Chevron pattern
03--Sharpie® Ceramics
04--Fabulous Flops, jazz up those dollar flip flops
05--Repurpose of a t-shirt - (Scarf, Vest, etc.)
06--Artificial Flower Arrangement - flowers created using 
 paper, leaves, etc.
07--Button Wall Art - (Canvas cannot exceed 16" X 20"
08--Picture, within a picture, within a picture collage -(Not to 
 exceed 16" X 20" frame) 
09--Burlap Item
10--Any project using Owls
11--Repurpose of a pallet - (Cannot Exceed 20" X 20")

Can't make the fair? Another advancement made by the fair folks: they've started pinning, to Pinterest, all manner of neato "Blue Ribbon" recipes from county- and state fair-quality pinners the nation over. They've got really good taste, with pins like Carmel Apple Parfait and Red Velvet fudge. (Full disclosure: I don't do much with Pinterest. In fact, I just joined this morning so I could keep following the antics of the fair folks moving forward. To me, it's mostly entertainment unless I come across a cool frugal tips something or other, and the sheer exertion of wishful thinking time is better spent, ah, playing online at BridgeBase.com).

You could spend hours browsing, but if you want a recipe you could make this evening and serve with brunch tomorrow, I recommend this 
first-place banana bread recipe our fair posted, from Judi Harris-Nulle's victory at the Jefferson County 2010 fair... turns out that's Jefferson County Montana but it's still my first choice of all the gooey lavish recipes I saw on there (I'll get to you when I can, Rocky Road Fudge). That's because it's darn tough to find a feasible banana bread recipe, and this one is understated and delicious. 

First Place Banana Bread

Judi's Notes:
My mom was a Home Economist and raised us 4 children after my parents were divorced. She had a hand-written cookbook that had this recipe in it. I made it for the Jefferson County Fair on August 28, 2010 and it won First Place.


1 3/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c shortening
2/3 c sugar
2 eggs
1 c banana pulp (3-4 ripe bananas)


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2 Mash ripe bananas with a fork. Cream together shortening and sugar. Add eggs, mixing well. In another bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. Add flour mixture alternately with banana mixture; mixing well after each addition. Turn into greased loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the top is brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes then turn out onto cooling rack.

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Rose Kennedy covers the Knoxville foodie scene with small discoveries, new openings, rumors, and tastings.