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Old 08-20-2007, 02:37 PM   #1
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What is "typical" American food?

My daughter's bf is visiting from England. I am preparing dinner Wednesday night for him. In deciding what to make for dinner that was special to the U.S.A. I realize I really didn't know. When she visited England his mom made her several dishes that she had never had (like Yorkshire pudding) Other than hot dogs and apple pie what else could I do?

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Old 08-20-2007, 02:43 PM   #2
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Since you are in MA, how about a New England boiled dinner or maybe steam up some lobstahs with corn on the cobs.
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Old 08-20-2007, 02:47 PM   #3
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You are right GB. Got me thinking already. I love the lobstah idea but NE dinner may be nice since it seems to be chilly here this week. I thought of turkey dinner (like Thanksgiving) but my dh talked me out if since he only tolerates it on Thanksgiving.
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Old 08-20-2007, 02:48 PM   #4
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Burgers on the grill.

Also, there are ethnic based dishes that are really American creations. Spaghetti and meatballs comes to mind and, I think, veal or chicken Parm is in that category.

Chili con carne.

Barbecue!!!

Fried Chicken

Clam bake
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You must do BBQ! Ribs and pulled pork are great. Beef brisket is a winner. Hamburgers and Pizza are also iconic to the US. A Philly Cheese steak would be great.

But, I imagine everything I just mentioned is available in England.

You might want to go with more “local flavors” instead of US traditional since most of what is traditionally iconic here can be found elsewhere. By local flavors, I mean dishes that are special to the east coast or west cost, or mid-west, the south, the north, etc.

How about Banana Pudding for dessert....I love that stuff!
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Fried chicken, cream gravy, mashed potatoes, chunky applesauce, buttered peas, rolls or biscuits and butter, and chocolate cake or banana cream pie for dessert. Oh, crap. I just made myself hungry for this meal.
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Don't forget the clam chowder.
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I think Chicken Fried Steak is an American food. Served with mashed taters, gravy, green beans...yumm!
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I think Chicken Fried Steak is an American food. Served with mashed taters, gravy, green beans...yumm!
Oooooh, now I'm hungry! Yep, we make some fine chicken fried steaks here in the US. And I think it's illegal to serve them with anything but mashed potatoes & gravy and green beans - at least here in Texas! (Don't forget the biscuits or rolls.)
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