Thursday, April 3, 2008

Fried Oreos, Fonts and Bleeding Cowboys

That's the kind of day it's going to be, a real case of mixed metaphors and subject matter. What do fried oreos have to do with fonts? Absolutely nothing, but since they both begin with the letter "F" I figured it was OK to mash them together and throw in some bleeding cowboys just for fun.

My photoblog "The Farmer's Wife" has been up and running for 3 years on April 9th. Of all the photos I've posted (over 700) the most popular photo of all is my picture of fried oreos taken at the county fair.


This is a little upsetting to me because I've been deluding myself that I'm some kind of artiste doing serious and important "art". It's sobering to realize that all the public wants is photos of stinking fried oreos! And yes, people are actively search fried oreos on Google.

We're not going to mention those bad boys in the middle east and in Indonesia who are searching naughty things that include the word "farmer" or "wife" or any number of strange combinations of those words. Shame, shame.

It occurred to me after a few years of dealing with the popularity of a fried oreo image that I didn't actually have a recipe for the treat. I figured I'd just let the vendor at the fair do all the greasy work, and besides I don't think my arteries could take it more than once a year. But sometime in January I was feeling so besotted by winter that I thought a batch of fried oreos would bring me out of my funk and so I gathered together a couple of recipes and tweaked a bit and came up with this:


1 cup buttermilk pancake mix
3/4 cup ice water
1 quart vegetable oil
20 Oreo cookies
confectioners sugar

Freeze the cookies for a couple hours or overnight. In a heavy 3-quart saucepot heat oil to 350 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl mix water and pancake mix with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. Dip each cookie into batter and smooth batter, making sure the cookie is entirely covered. Place coated cookie carefully into hot oil. Fry on both sides, turning over once until golden brown. You can fry more than one a time.

When nice and brown scoop them out of the oil and drain on paper toweling and dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.

I believe you can also use this recipe to recreate the fried Snickers bars. My teeth are aching just at the thought!

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Now what about fonts? I came across a site where you can download free fonts, it's called DA FONT. Let me tell you as a calligrapher and having spent a lifetime in the printing and graphics field this is very exciting stuff. Of course because of the generational thing I'm challenged in the area of computers. I spent a very frustrating evening attempting to teach myself how to unzip files and get them to where they need to be in order to load into my font library. Phew, I'm all worn out. I did manage but I'm sure I could repeat the feat this morning.

There are some really great fonts at the DaFont site. I love the wild ones because well, Times Roman is just so ... yesterday.

I'm crazy for a font called Bleeding Cowboys, and the other evening it was listed as the number one font, which only goes to show that I know an interesting font when I see one!


Please understand that no cowboys were actually harmed in the creation of this font. The artist did this solely from his imagination.

There are lots of beautiful font designs available and since I'm sure you're much more savvy than me, you'll have no trouble unzipping those files. I'm told they're great for creating banners for your blog or for you Etsy site....hmmm, let em go try.

UPDATE: I've got the hang of it. You've gotta love fonts named A Theme for Murder....


or Font in a Red Suit.


If you want to have a font made from your own handwriting, Allie Hoops can do that for you and it's only $5. Visit her at Allie Hoops.


Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

I'm glad that no cowboys were harmed. LOL! Wowzer! What a great find that was and how generous of you to share. This at a time when I need some more exciting joke.

Fried oreos...ohhhhh nooooo! I had a fried whoopie pie at the fair where I discovered that I like the unfried versions of these treats just as they are. Do you enjoy them?

I did get talked into making fried dough one evening and now I have little beggars looking for more!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Forget unzipping them! I can't even download them. %(

Suzanne said...

Vee - they were very tasty. The Oreos get very soft, warm and creamy.

KatKit13 said...

Oh MYYY! I love fonts. And calligraphy. It's an addiction. I swear. That Bleeding Cowboys would be soooo cool on a scrapbook page.

You can keep the oreos. I'm not a fan of those, except for Peppermint JoJos from Trader Joe's at the holidays.

Abbie said...

Hi suzanne!
Weee!! OMG! Fried Oreos!? that sounds like heaven in your hand!
I'm not even gonna attempt them as heart disease runs in my family and I might drop dead at the pure smell! Oh, dunked in a glass of whole milk.. Good grief woman.. what have you done to me?? I'll never be the same again!
thank you for the font link!

Robyn said...

Sorry but I'm fascinated with fried oreos! I won't rest till I'v tasted one.

Lil_Birdie said...

They look sooooooooo good :)

Mrs. Happy Housewife said...

I had never tried Fried Oreos until this year's fair. They were good but the Fried Snickers was even better. Thankfully, my family of four split one Snickers. I can't begin to imagine the calorie count.