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Old 01-03-2014, 06:52 PM   #21
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Here's a few:

Grits
Shrimp & grits
Crab boil
Gumbo
Jambalaya
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:17 PM   #22
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Pie. And Ice cream. Preferably served together.

Root beer ( a soft drink) also good with a scoop of ice cream.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:30 PM   #23
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Apple pie
Cherry pie
Pumpkin pie
Blackberry pie
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:22 AM   #24
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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!
And just maybe some magic mushrooms? ;-)

California can lay claim to the Cobb salad. 4meandthem said hot dogs, but even more American would be corn dogs. And then there are Buffalo Wings. Yup, you'll be busy googling this weekend! Have fun!
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:06 AM   #25
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You'll fit right in around here Lisa. Welcome.

California has a diverse reputation in the food department. The first thing that comes to mind is a cut of beef practically unknown to the rest of the country called Tri Tip. It's wonderful for what we call Santa Maria barbeque.
The southern part of the state has lots of influence from the flavors of Mexico, while the northern part of the state around San Francisco is well known for it's fabulous Pacific seafood, and cooking with California wine.
Thanks for the welcome Kayelle. I think I know somewhere in Cape Town that sells Tri Tip steak. San Francisco sounds a lot like Cape Town. We even have a Waterfront although I think the pacific seafood is more interesting than ours. We produce very good wines as well.
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:11 AM   #26
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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.: American Regional Recipes - Exploring American Regional Recipes - Regional American Recipes

I don't necessarily agree with all of their suggestions, but some are good. Let us know what you decide to make.
Thanks GG, some interesting suggestions here. My son will love the pulled pork sandwich and I've heard of shrimp and grits. Seen it on the Food Network Channel on Triple D. I will definitely try that. Cioppino sounds like the sort of thing we will all like.
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:14 AM   #27
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And just maybe some magic mushrooms? ;-)

California can lay claim to the Cobb salad. 4meandthem said hot dogs, but even more American would be corn dogs. And then there are Buffalo Wings. Yup, you'll be busy googling this weekend! Have fun!
Thanks for the suggestions. I have a recipe for corn dogs. They're a lot of fun. And buffalo wings are just plain delicious. Both very American.
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:15 AM   #28
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Here's a few:

Grits
Shrimp & grits
Crab boil
Gumbo
Jambalaya
Thanks. Jambalaya will definitely be on my list. I will be googling Gumbo.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:14 AM   #29
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The short list:
Apple Pie
Cherry Pie
Blueberry Pie
Peach Pie
Pecan Pie
Chocolate Pie
All native Berry Pies
Senate Bean Soup
Bake Beans
Bean Soup with ham hocks
Pinconing Cheese
Colby Cheese
Monterrey Jack Cheese
Maytag Blue Cheese
All things potato
All things tomato
Green bean caserole
Farmer's omelet
Corn on the cob
corn pudding
grits
Cream Corn
Corn salad
Farina
Great Lakes Native Fish
Eastern Brook Trout
Perch
Whitefish (a member of the salmonid family)
Ruffed Grouse
Sage Hen
Turkey
Woodcock
American Bison
Squirrel
Moose
Rocky Mountain Elk
New England Boiled Dinner
New England Clam Chowder
squash (all kinds)
Potato Chips
Tacos
Burritos
Enchiladas
Empenada
Tortilla
Tamales
Carne Asada
Chili Con Carne
Maple everything
Birch Beer
Root Beer
Cola soft-drinks
wintergreen
Walleye (pickeral for Canadians)
Burbot
BBQ pork spare ribs
BBQ steaks (any kind of meat)
BBQ roasts (any kind of meat)
Pulled Pork
Shredded Beef

Oh, I could go on. But this list just touches the surface of foods that are uniquely American. Even Chop Suey and Chow Mein were created in America by Asian immigrants.

Hope this gives you some ideas. And we haven't even touched American pastries, or baking in general.

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Old 01-04-2014, 04:20 AM   #30
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Addie, you are gonna get tossed out of Boston for not putting Boston Baked Beans at the top of your list!

A relatively recent item is Buffalo chicken wings.

For me it is mainly foods that would be found on most farms in New York state prior to the depression.

Baked Beans
Smoked Bacon
Maple syrup
Apple pie
Homemade biscuits, cornbread, white yeast bread.
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