The 1988 Montgomery County Fair Cookbook


Today we’re cracking open a copy of the 1988 Montgomery County Fair Cookbook.  The Montgomery County Fair’s roots date all the way back to 1945.  While we missed out on the pig racing and Tilt-a-Whirls this summer, let’s see if we can capture a little bit of that county fair nostalgia with these vintage recipes!

The book features classics such as Grandma Butler’s Apple Pie, as well as more dated recipes like Mayo Rolls & Tuna Toastees.  In this article we’ll be sharing two of the Moco recipes found inside.

We’ll start with an appetizer: Olive Cheese Balls by Carla Pappalardo from Potomac, MD

This is very easy to prepare, with the majority of items likely to already be in your kitchen. The closest thing I can compare them to are cheddar biscuits. I ended up using a tiny bit more water than suggested and it wouldn’t hurt to spray PAM on your baking sheet.  If you are looking for an excuse to make these around Halloween, they do kind of resemble spooky eyeballs. Avoid if you don’t like olives.
Score: 6/10

Next up is Hot Spiced Cider by Mrs. Irene Lowe

This was chosen because it’s a great drink for the time of year. We should note that we boiled the ingredients in a pot instead of using the recommended percolator.  The brown sugar might not be necessary if the cider you are using is already very sweet. A different approach could include adding a bit of your favorite rum.
Score: 8/10

Thanks for reading and let us know what types of recipes you’d like to see next!


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