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Old 01-03-2014, 12:12 PM   #11
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Yes, poutine is uniquely Canadian. Also Tourtiere, which is a Quebec meat pie traditionally eaten around Christmas time. In both Quebec and Ontario, 'beaver tails' are big (not real beaver tails but a maple syrup concoction made by taking advantage of the snow!)

On the East coast we have our famous lobster rolls. I believe there are also a number of unique Newfoundland dishes, but don't know a whole lot about these.

Elk and bison are eaten across Canada, both in the form of steaks and burgers. I am sure the 1st Nations and Innuit could also offer up countless unique dishes, including those involving whale meat etc.

As for the West Coast? I'm with Abbie here. No idea whatsoever, but probably something to do with berries and weed/s!
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:21 PM   #12
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PNW food =
Berries! Blueberries. Raspberries. BlackBerries. Marionberries. For just a few.
Dungeness crab!! It's in season now.
Fresh seafood is available in the PNW---- I mean fresh, not fresh frozen at Denny's, but it ain't cheap.

Quinoa--- popular here for various reasons, one reason is because it's gluten free and the city I live in is the 'gluten free capital of the U.S.! Native Americans ate it too. But its very popular here because it tastes good.

I rarely see octopus except in ethnic restaurants and in dedicated fish markets.

Native Americans are said to eat pemmican and other indigenous foods but I suspect that most Native Americans now eat what others eat except for ceremonial activities.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:38 PM   #13
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As for the West Coast? I'm with Abbie here. No idea whatsoever, but probably something to do with berries and weed/s!
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:22 PM   #14
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Yes, poutine is uniquely Canadian. Also Tourtiere, which is a Quebec meat pie traditionally eaten around Christmas time. In both Quebec and Ontario, 'beaver tails' are big (not real beaver tails but a maple syrup concoction made by taking advantage of the snow!)

On the East coast we have our famous lobster rolls. I believe there are also a number of unique Newfoundland dishes, but don't know a whole lot about these.

Elk and bison are eaten across Canada, both in the form of steaks and burgers. I am sure the 1st Nations and Innuit could also offer up countless unique dishes, including those involving whale meat etc.

As for the West Coast? I'm with Abbie here. No idea whatsoever, but probably something to do with berries and weed/s!
Don't forget Flipper Pie from our Newfoundland friends.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:50 PM   #15
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Thanks guys. I can see I'm going to be doing a lot of googling. Flipper pie???
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:23 PM   #16
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Hi, Lisa. That sounds like a fun project I have a few suggestions:

- meatloaf and mashed potatoes with brown gravy
- cioppino - fish stew from San Francisco, with crusty Italian bread
- chili and cornbread
- fried chicken with mashed potatoes and chicken gravy
- shrimp and grits - grits are similar to polenta and a similar dish was made by American colonists and by Native Americans before them.
- smoked pulled pork sandwich on a soft white bun with cole slaw on top and fries on the side
- a big ol' steak, grilled medium-rare, a baked potato with sour cream and chives and Caesar salad

Here's a site with more ideas and info about the different regions of the U.S.: http://americanfood.about.com/od/ame...nalrecipes.htm

I don't necessarily agree with all of their suggestions, but some are good. Let us know what you decide to make.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #17
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Thanks guys. I can see I'm going to be doing a lot of googling. Flipper pie???
I suppose there aren't a lot of Harp Seal's in South Africa..
It's a type of meat pie made from the flippers of Harp Seal's..
Seal Flipper Pie | Newfoundland Recipes – saltjunk.com
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:25 PM   #18
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I would also add that the Creole and Cajun cuisine of Louisiana is completely unique to that region. While it has French, African, and Southern US influences, dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, and red beans & rice (to name a few) are uniquely American.

Here are some ideas:
The Creole and Cajun Recipe Page (est. 1994)

The food of the American southwest is also a fusion of multiple cultures, including Spanish and native American.
Southwestern cuisine from Fine Cooking: recipes for chili, grilled salad, Mexican stew, quesadillas, and Texmex dinners

And let's not forget the lowly hamburger. No one knows exactly where it was invented, but Americans have definitely adopted it as their own.
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Mac n Cheese
Pizza
Hamburgers
Fried Chicken
Hot dogs
BBQ
Chili
French Fries
Clam Chowder
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Lisa, I've been thinking more about "Quintessential American Food".

The one day of the year that nearly every American eats basically the same meal is Thanksgiving Day. It's a very big deal here and without going into the interesting history of the day, it revolves around a feast of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with turkey pan gravy, bread or cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, various family side dishes, and pumpkin pie. It just doesn't get more American than that.
In Canada it's celebrated on another day, but the meaning and feast are basically the same.



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