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Old 01-17-2005, 04:33 PM   #11
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If you want authentic American food, need to go to the Native Americans who were here first. THe other foods in this country are merely adaptations of the European or country of origin of those who immigrated here and settled, then took their culinary habits and used native food items to enhance them.
That's one of the subjects I have always been very curius about yet know nothing of. The girl I dated for the longest time has exactly half Cherokee but grew up eating canned and boxed food so knew nothing of native cooking. And it's something I've never seen a special, book or article about.

Do you know of any good resources for native and naitive inspired cooking?
Lugaru, I sure don't, but there are every other ethnic cook books around, I am certain there is one for Native American cooking. They probably ate what grew in the area, I know buffalo was in their diet, and fish. How exactly they cooked it, I am not certain. You have raised my curiosity, think I will google it, get back to you.

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Old 01-17-2005, 04:43 PM   #12
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Google always helps. try the following

http://marilee.us/nativeamericans.html All Native American

http://www.cookingpost.com Pueblo

http://www.inmamaskitchen.com Cherokee

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Old 01-17-2005, 06:23 PM   #13
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Not much, but at least it's a start: Native American Culinary Association

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Old 01-17-2005, 11:34 PM   #14
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Nice, nice links. I've been studying them for a while and I feel like I am kinda starting to form an idea as to what makes their cuisine but I still want to keep an open mind untill I can suck it all up. The naitive situation in america pains me so much, not something I would normally get into but it really does, especially since my alltime favorite president was of dark skin (an indigenous boy raised by priests who would eventually separate the church from the state...). He coined the phrase I live by: "El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz" or "respecting the rights of others is peace".
My english, she's not so good... I meant to say I did it with the malice of forethought.
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Old 01-18-2005, 12:04 AM   #15
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Good Thread Lugaru!

Note that the colonization of North America was started by the French/English/Basque exploitationof the Grand Banks of Newfoundland in the "chase for cod"...

Historically, there were umpteen "Catholic" holidays where "meat" could not be eaten, most simply because Europe could not produce enough for its burgeoning population, and a good many "immigrants" came for the protein of North America's unspoiled game population...

Even today, you will find reference to "horse" being eaten in Europe (unthinkable here! Feed it to dogs and cats!) Japanese and Chinese will (theoretically, at least!) eat just about anything short of "dog's lungs and wolf's livers"...and witness how we have successfully run out of too many species by over hunting, logging, ill thought out farming practises etc...(Check out Farley Mowat's "Sea of Slaughter" for a good read on how this, historically, happened!)

I have a few recipes stashed away someplace for Bannock, pemmican etc...if you like, PM me and I can pass them over, after a bit of searching!

Most N American recipes are variations on European, African or Asian themes, supplemented by huge quantities of proteins and fats, that we can access and afford, and "they" can not even "access"...

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Old 01-18-2005, 01:13 AM   #16
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If somebody here asks me for something "American", I go out of my way not to serve hamburgers or hotdogs.

Colesla is now sold ready made in the supermarket, It is actually called."American colesla".

What I make that Dutch people go crazy for are coffee cakes, brownies and muffins.

Variations are available here, in mix or fresh form.

For meals I usually cook something out of one of my "American" cookbooks, a pasta dish or such and name it American.

As for the Native American cuisine, I have had fry bread and pemmican. Didn't they do jerky as well?

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Old 01-18-2005, 03:12 AM   #17
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Yes, and "BBQ", too!

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Old 01-18-2005, 09:57 AM   #18
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in keeping with the "original" Americans:

corn, squash, and beans (the Three Sisters)
wild rice
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Old 01-18-2005, 10:22 AM   #19
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don't forget a bagel and a schmear (cream cheese)!!!!!! oy!
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Old 01-18-2005, 05:14 PM   #20
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some truly Native American foods:

Beans and their cousins
Paw Paw
Great Lakes Fish
Smoked Great Lakes Fish
Cedar Planked Fish
Johnnny Cakes
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes (they were considered poisonous in Europe and were unknown in Asia)
Dandelion (for salads and wine)
Key Limes
Most Citrus
Catails (the plant)

And there are a great many natural herbs that originated in the Americas
Sour Grass (grows wild in my lawn, but few know what it is or how to use it)
Numerous mushrooms such as the Morell
Sasafrass, Sasparilla, Birch Beer, Wintergreen, and Root Beer (all from the U.S. and all simillar in flavor.
File' as in File' Gumbo
And you can keep your ocra, thank you (everone can't like everything)

Pristine drinking water (my well produces incredible water and the Great Lakes hold the majority of the World's fresh water).

I could go on, but why bother. This is a land of abundance and we are wreking that abundace at an incredible rate (heavy sigh
And the list goes on. )

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