I wasn’t really planning to go to the Ventura County Fair. It’s a little too grown up for my kids at this point, and if S and I hire a sitter, it will probably be to do something more romantic than visit the 4H exhibit.
But then I learned that Ventura chef Tim Kilcoyne was using Rio Gozo veggies (my CSA) to participate in the Bounty of the County competition and I figured I had to at least check it out and represent for team Sidecar. Also, I was hoping to snag a shortrib.
Tim is really wonderful. And if I could get my hands on his creamed chard recipe, I swear I would never complain about eating chard ever again.
Tim in prep mode
The salad – this is simplicity itself, and yet totally perfect
I did get a bite of shortrib – heaven!
What you can’t see from these pictures was the screaming boat ride that was going past the window of the kitchen at about a zillion mph every three minutes. The ride operators were absolutely blasting the perfect fair mix of Michael Jackson, Eminem, and Hotel California so loud that you could barely talk in the kitchen.
At the fair I learned that it is now technologically possible to deep fry oreos. So of course I had to get some. Really the only way I can describe how wonderful they were resorts to expletives.
Also? I love sheep. LOVE. Some day I’m going to harvest my own wool and spin it and make lovely sweaters. Some day. Doesn’t this guy look like he’s make a very fine set of sweaters?