No sooner did we post on the West Coast preserving craze, NPR picked up the mixing spoon and ran a story the next morning on an East Coast canner--it's amazing how fast they work when challenged. NPR's Linda Wertheimer hangs with Mrs. Wheelbarrow in a "suburban Washington kitchen," forgetting to mention it's D.C. and not the large state on the West Coast. Sure, the recipes for Spicy Peach Salsa and Fig, Lemon and Thyme Confiture sound great, but the real contribution to culinary magic that morning was NPR's nod to Texas and fried beer. This epitome of epicurean enchantment is competing with fried s'mores Pop Tarts for the Big Tex Choice Awards at the Texas State Fair.
Which has Minnesota crying in their fried beer cause Texas thought of it first. Silly, when everybody knows the real contribution from the Midwest meat maven is their indigenous camel on a stick. One hump or two?