Larry and I were in our “collecting states” travel mode and he needed Iowa. So, we attended the Iowa State Fair and acquired something more than another pin in our map. We got a dose of delightful. And it was quite the food adventure.
Movies like the Bridges of Madison County are my favorite – great chick flick, all sexy and romantic and simple, and then we came to Iowa and discovered those bridges do exist. And we also discovered the awesome HOT BEEF SUNDAE.
A presentation in the state fair food pavilion, the little sign said it was funded by the Iowa Beef Producers. It did not win a blue ribbon, and that’s a shame because it certainly promotes beef in a way most people like it – with potatoes and gravy. Here is the description from the showcase, which featured packaged foods, yet easy to replicate with fresh-cooked ingredients, I think.
For an Easy Beef Meal, Make a “Beef” Sundae
What Exactly is a Hot Beef Sundae? A bowl filled with two scoops of hand-mashed Russet potatoes, surrounded by slow-roasted fork tender beef tips, topped with savory beef gravy, a sprinkling of cheddar cheese and finished with a sweet red cherry tomato topping.
In the same pavilion, we also discovered a work of art: this Blue Ribbon beauty entitled “Road Kill” was entered in the Ugly Cake Contest, open to teens and younger. The individual who entered this has a creative future somewhere.