Saturday, a hot muggy August evening in Kent Ohio, was to be the evening to finally end the controversy over who has the better corn Szalay’s or Rufener’s. Today the controversy lives on.The corn arrived from both locations and was kept separated until it went in the pots. Sealed envelopes contain which color corn holder was from which farm. The final vote 11 Szalay’s 9 Rufener’s. When the envelopes were opened there had been a clear case of tampering. The names had been cleverly changed in each envelope and one envelope (the Rufener’s had clear signs of tampering) The evidence has been turned over to the authorities and there is nothing left to do but attempt to clear the controversy up next year. As organizer of this years event I apologize for the lapse of security and this will need to be improved for next year. The result will stand this year with an asterisk next to it “*they cheated” and the preparations will begin for next year.
Lots of food!!! The meal started with mussels from Aunt Bethy. My favorite of the night. The mussel juice could also be worn as a decoration if needed. Elyse made a slaw with kohlrabi and zucchini, the flavors and textures from these elements really added to a traditional slaw. I smoked a brisket from Duma’s Meats using the rub Tom and Jeff brought back from Texas. Brisket has turned into one of my favorites to smoke. The sauce everyone seemed to like was a Texas tradition – pan juices and ketchup. Simple is the best sometimes.
A special thanks from all of us to (oh this is hard to say) Beth for all her help with this meal. We could not have done with out her. And to all of the judges who resisted most offers of bribery to put on a scandal marred contest that has resolved nothing. Here is to next year!