I know because that's what happened to a certain young man who used to live in our home. We had taken turkeys that first year, four of them--two males and two females. We had two sons entering, so they each took a pair. We were rather proud of the toms. They were huge and seemed to be really well feathered out. However, it was a young hen that caught the judges eye and before we knew it, he was pinning a "Champion" turkey ribbon to her cage. Wow! We had no idea there was anything special about her because, frankly, we had no idea what we were doing when we showed poultry. We had just brought what we had. That same young son also had made brownies. He didn't cook a lot, but he got up early that morning and without me doing too much hovering managed to put together easy, make-in-one-bowl, moist, fudgey brownies. They received a purple ribbon which is up there at the top, really the best you can do short of a Champion ribbon. There were likely other entries, probably vegetables or flowers, but years have passed and I don't know what they were. It was a really good year, though, especially for a seven or eight year old at his first fair.
|The brownies in this story did not look like this
Even with three boys in the house, we never finished off that pan of brownies. Sad to say, they were quite awful. Who knows why. But I can tell you that these brownies have always earned a purple ribbon at the fair!
They are simple to make. A bowl (or pan, if you melt the butter on the stove) and mixing spoon are all the utensils you need. Here's how to make Prize Winning Brownies:
Melt 1 cup butter (2 sticks). I use the microwave.
Add 3/4 cup cocoa and mix well.
Add 2 1/4 cups sugar. It took me way too many years to figure out that I could fill my 3/4 measuring cup three times to make 2 1/4 cups.
Stir together well.
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla.