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.
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
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.
The short list:
All native Berry Pies
Senate Bean Soup
Bean Soup with ham hocks
Monterrey Jack Cheese
Maytag Blue Cheese
All things potato
All things tomato
Green bean caserole
Corn on the cob
Great Lakes Native Fish
Eastern Brook Trout
Whitefish (a member of the salmonid family)
Rocky Mountain Elk
New England Boiled Dinner
New England Clam Chowder
squash (all kinds)
Chili Con Carne
Walleye (pickeral for Canadians)
BBQ pork spare ribs
BBQ steaks (any kind of meat)
BBQ roasts (any kind of meat)
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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