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State fair season is winding down, and if your traditional rhubarb crisp failed to take home a blue ribbon this year, don't despair: there's always next year. Whether you still have a chance to snag a prize in your own state, or you're plotting a comeback for 2011, the Richmond Times-Dispatch has compiled some tips for whipping up a winner.
The main message from judges and contestants alike seems to be: looks matter, but taste matters more. Taste, texture and moisture content are key, according to one judge, but if there's a tie, pretty, level cakes with evenly distributed frosting win over lopsided and deformed ones.
If you're thumbing through your recipe box trying to decide what to enter, a good strategy is to choose the recipe that garners the most praise from your friends and family. In other words, if your plate of peach cobbler consistently comes home empty from your church potluck, then you may have a winner.