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Old 02-16-2014, 09:43 AM   #51
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I never heard of American Chop Suey or Johnny Marzetti until DC. It was always just plain "Goulash" in our house growing up. I didn't even realize the name was Hungarian in origin until sometime later in life when I ordered the real deal in a restaurant, and out came a dish that was nothing like I was expecting. But it was delicious.

I'm a convert to real goulash. I still love (and occasionally) make my childhood goulash, but we call it "chili mac" now, since that seems to be the Minnesota variation. Oddly, chili mac seems to have nothing to do with chili here.

Whatever you call it, it's pretty tasty stuff.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:06 AM   #52
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I noticed the New England reference. We stand alone.
Yeah. I had never seen it before I moved here.

I was pretty shocked when I saw beefaroni presented as chop suey at a diner in Boston.

I still make it, mostly for my brother in law. I don't call it anything.
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So this is all your fault?!

Blame it on the region not the messenger.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:17 AM   #54
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...but we call it "chili mac" now, since that seems to be the Minnesota variation. Oddly, chili mac seems to have nothing to do with chili here...
Steve, does chili mac have chili powder in it?
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:20 AM   #55
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I never heard of any version of it until I was about 40 years old. A freind made it and called it goulash. To me, it just looked like Hamburger Helper. I didn't think it tasted much different than HH either. I only heard of ACS here, and have never heard of Johnny Marzetti until today.

Goulash was always a paprika-laced dish similar to a beef stew. Chop Suey came from the Chinese carry-out.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:05 AM   #56
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I've never eaten hamburger helper, so I couldn't say it tasted like that or not. Obviously a lot depends on the seasonings you would use I imagine.

I refer to the real deal as gulyas. If I'm going to make real Hungarian gulyas I might as well spell it their way.
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:38 PM   #57
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ACS does seem to be a New England thing, I never heard it called anything else until I moved south.
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Blame it on the region not the messenger.
I do, but people tend to judge you by the company you keep.
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:56 PM   #59
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Mom made goulash, no cheese unless we had parmesan (yes, green can), school had Johnny Marzetti, it was the addition of cheddar cheese that captured my interest. There are several other dishes at school that I was enamored of.
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I do, but people tend to judge you by the company you keep.
You're just following your gender's inclination to blame men for everything.
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