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Fair corn dogs you can make at home

If you have some kid in you, chances are you look forward to the county fair as much as I do. The familiar smells of roasted ears of corn, cotton candy, caramel apples and corn dogs still mesmerize me just like when I was a young child. This week I would like to share a favorite version for corn dogs that we have enjoyed many times. These pronto pups, or better known as corn dogs, beat any fair corn dog. I made these for years for my kids when they were growing up, and now I enjoy making them also for my grandkids.

Judy's Pronto Pups

1 pound frankfurters


1/2 cup cornmeal

1 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons salt

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup milk

1 egg, beaten

Mix all dry ingredients. Add eggs, milk and beat with a rotary egg beater until smooth. Dry the hot dogs thoroughly on a paper towel before coating. Insert a wooden stick into each hotdog. Kabob sticks work great. Dip franks in batter and fry in hot fat until brown. Turn and brown the other side. Drain on paper toweling.

Wok Caramel Corn

7 large marshmallows

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

About 6 to 7 cups popped popcorn

Slowly melt first three ingredients in a wok. Be careful not to burn. Add popcorn and serve.

Honey Chicken Sandwiches

3 large skinless boneless chicken breast halves or 6 small

1 1/2 cups very fine cornflake crumbs

Dash paprika

1/4 cup flour

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/4 cup milk

1 egg

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard

2 tablespoons honey

12 slices lean honey ham

6 lettuce leaves

6 large tomato slices

6 large hamburger buns

Cut each large chicken breast in half to fit hamburger buns, if necessary. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine cornflake crumbs and paprika in shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper. Beat together milk and egg in a shallow bowl. Dip each chicken piece in flour, then beaten egg mixture, then roll in cornflake mixture to coat. Place on baking sheet or baking stone. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until chicken is done. While chicken cooks, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard and honey in a small bowl. Place lettuce leaves on bottom of hamburger buns. Top each with chicken, two slices ham, tomato slice and honey-Dijon sauce; top with bun top. Serve immediately.

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