It’s county fair season in Texas and one of our favorite cooks, Mrs. Alise Nolan, has once again shared a few great recipes that are near and dear to her heart this time of year. We hope each of these recipes find their way into your home this fall and wish the Nolan family the best of luck at their upcoming fairs!
Our county fair is almost here in our little part of Texas! The East Texas Yamboree starts this week and our entire county could not be more excited!
This homecoming of sorts for our family and friends is always filled with fair foods, Yam Pie contest, livestock and market shows and sales, and ag mechanic competitions. Then it’s our two huge parades that house our Yamboree Queen and her court along with marching bands, club, community and schools all vying for the best decorated floats!
This year our youngest daughter will carry on the family tradition of showing her market hogs at this festival and then the following week with her broiler and hogs again in our neighboring county for the Harvest Festival where my husband serves on their board as their President. Each of these festivals are the result of countless volunteer hours and result in great memories for both kids and adults alike.
School actually lets out in our small town of 5,000 as do those of the neighboring communities around us. There’s just too much to fit in! From taking in the square to eating a corny dog or a Union Hill School’s hamburger and a piece of Gilmer Band’s Yam Pie as you ride carnival rides. You can listen or dance to the bandstand’s live music and catch up with friends you may not have seen for years!
To culminate our Yamboree each year our family for the last 20 years throws a party the final night hosting our friends and family in the barn at our ranch. We call it our ‘Nolan Family and Friend Barndance’…but very little dancing is now done! The younger crowd eats, visits and then leave for some dancing of their own in our old school gym in the middle of our town where Texas Country Bands come to play at the ‘Yamboree Barndance’. I guess you could call our event the pre-party of sorts.
All my girls will be home this weekend to watch our Audrey dance in our Yamboree Queen Alexis William’s court and Coronation and be there to cheer her on as she shows her market hogs and hopefully makes the sale. We’ll eat plenty of fair food, but one thing I enjoy most is making sure I get a few home cooked meals in their stomachs before they return back to college and their homes away from home.
These recipes I share with you today are nostalgic for us and our kind of ‘comfort food’ that we enjoy. I’ve added in my Pork Roast and Sweet Potatoes and a good friends Yam Pie recipe. With it being Yamboree time for my family I had to get some yams or sweet potatoes in this Sure Champ Blog Recipe post!
Have a wonderful rest of fall everyone! This is my favorite time of the year, not only because of the food, but for the excitement and memories we make as a family and life lessons my girls have learned by being smack dab in the middle of agriculture with us standing right there beside them.
As my oldest daughter Ilissa loves to say…. ‘Let’s Go Yammin’!
- 1 large pork roast, approximately 4 lbs. in weight
- 6 – 8 sweet potatoes, skinned and cubed in 3 x 3 cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to season
- water to cover roast 3/4 the way up the sides