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Old 11-02-2008, 08:17 PM   #11
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Breezy, that's what I mean... as Americans... WE EAT EVERYTHING

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Old 11-02-2008, 08:22 PM   #12
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Good old Chicken Soup...plain broth...with noodles....with rice. Then chicken salad sandwiches with the shredded chicken. Nothing better when you're feeling under the weather.

Oh, then there's grilled cheese sammies with tomato soup. Very American.

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Old 11-02-2008, 08:31 PM   #13
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This will get you started on some in addition to what has already been mentioned.

Maize (corn):
On the cob: boiled or roasted
Off the cob: boiled, creamed, fried, fritters, chowder, custard, mixed with equal part lima beans (succotash)
Dried and ground: cornbread, muffins, hoecakes, pancakes, as a coating for fried foods like fried catfish or okra or tomatoes, as a cereal (corn meal mush)

Stuffed and baked, stewed, stewed with bread (breaded tomatoes), tomato and okra gumbs, soups, sauces, sliced and broiled, picked and sliced green then dredged in flour or cornmeal or batter and fried (fried green tomatoes), or just eaten raw - alone or added to salads, sandwiches, etc.

Baked, boiled, mashed, fried, hash browns, soup, chowder, potato salad

Sweet potatoes:
Baked, mashed, fried, quick breads, muffins, pies

Quick breads, muffins, pies, soup

This doesn't even get into uses for other native summer and winter squashes, beans, etc.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:30 PM   #14
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I live right in the middle of the USA, in the southern tip of Illinois. It is a largely rural area, with lots of farms, coal mines, hills, hardwood forests and wildlife.
Indigenous foods are:

Pan fish like catfish and bluegill, which are generally dipped in a cornmeal/flour/spice mix and pan fried or deep fried in vegetable oil, along with hush puppies and then sliced potatoes. Cole slaw (made from cabbage) and baked beans are typical accompaniments.

Chicken and rolled dumplings, green beans cooked with onion and bacon, and corn bread.

Biscuits and creamy sausage gravy with Scrambled or fried eggs.

Pan-fried and braised rabbit or squirrel with cream gravy and mashed potatoes.

Pan-fried pork chops, fried potatoes with onions, corn on the cob and sliced fresh potatoes.

Fried chicken, chicken gravy, mashed potatoes, biscuits and honey.

We are famous for our pies...apple, cherry, pumpkin, pecan, White Pie, Million Dollar Pie, and many more.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:21 PM   #15
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These all sound yummy.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:23 PM   #16
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Thfirst thing that popped into my head for "American food" was good ol' Fried Chicken!! Yum!
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:20 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by jpmcgrew View Post
Thats a tough question since all Americans came from another country with the exception of the Native Americans.
even native americans aren't really indigenous to the americas. they walked here over a period of 35 millenia. GETTING TO THE NEW WORLD: Distribution of Founding Lineage in Native Americans

anyway, with thanksgiving coming up, my first thought was the traditional thanksgiving dinner.

roast turkey, cornbread stuffing/dressing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
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Old 11-03-2008, 03:57 AM   #18
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Side order of pomfrits and a bacon cheeseburger with a big slice of sweet raw onion and catsup or a slice of tomato and Hellmans mayonnaise.
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Old 11-03-2008, 08:01 AM   #19
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Wow, now I know where to turn when I don't know what to cook for dinner.. :P

Everything sound really delicious (well, except for the tomatoes and anything with fish; I've just never been able to learn to like that..). The things I can say that I myself connect to america is macaroni and cheese, hamburger and fried chicken. Anyone have any good recipes of that?

Also, I'd love it if anyone had some sort of dessert? I guess pie is sort of obvious there?

I'm from Sweden, and we do have some typical swedish food, though those words doesn't really have any good translations..

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