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Old 12-21-2006, 09:01 AM   #11
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Probably you can count "Pepperoni Pizza", "Fettuccini Alfredo", "Caesar's Salad", "Chicken Parmesan" among other things as "American ethnic"... they are practically unknown anywhere in Italy!
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:13 AM   #12
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Technicaly unless you eat Native "American" Indian food, everything you Eat is of some ethnic origin or another, and not native to the America per se.

I say Bring-it-On, the more new stuff you can try and experience the Better :)
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:30 AM   #13
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Technicaly unless you eat Native "American" Indian food...

Not really. The Native Americans/American Indians were immigrants too. They just got here before the rest of us.
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:52 AM   #14
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lol andy. well said. just strecthing out that timeline, huh? always good for a better perspective.

i wonder if older cultures laugh at our (the u.s. and canada) growing pains, historically speaking. if they do, i hope it is as a big brother or sister laughs at their younger sibling, having only recently been there themselves.

we've done a pretty good job trying to catch up to the cuisines of older nations, but it certainly was with their help and/or experience.
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Old 12-21-2006, 11:27 AM   #15
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Could cornbread be considered ethinc american?

Other than that I can't come up with anything thats really ours that hasn't come from something else first, though we do have a variety of unique cuisines here, including cajun, creole, tex-mex, and southern.
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Old 12-21-2006, 02:32 PM   #16
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In my opinion America is a hodgepodge of cultures from around the world...That is what makes America a melting pot both culturally and in the kitchen. It is a wonderful thing. In America we have taken recipes brought over here with our ancestors and "re-tooled" them to better fit this country...If you think about it that way any cuisine is American cuisine because America is home to people from evey backround imaginable.
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AND being such a large country you`re also lucky enough to cover several Climate zones for growing too :)
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Old 12-21-2006, 03:18 PM   #18
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I think this is a topic I'm just too dumb to understand.

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Technicaly unless you eat Native "American" Indian food, everything you Eat is of some ethnic origin or another, and not native to the America per se.
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YT, wouldn't that line of reasoning make foods made with tomatoes, potatoes, corn, or chocolate ethnically American?
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Not really. The Native Americans/American Indians were immigrants too. They just got here before the rest of us.
Therefore every human on the planet is an immigrant with the exception of a single region, probably in Africa and perhaps named Eden.
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Probably you can count "Pepperoni Pizza", "Fettuccini Alfredo", "Caesar's Salad", "Chicken Parmesan" among other things as "American ethnic"... they are practically unknown anywhere in Italy!
I think urmaniac has probably got it about right, which makes this a pretty rich and diverse cuisine.
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Old 12-21-2006, 03:24 PM   #19
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YT, wouldn't that line of reasoning make foods made with tomatoes, potatoes, corn, or chocolate ethnically American?
no, not really.

and I wouldn`t let the "Letter" of the post spoil the meaning behind it either :)
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...Therefore every human on the planet is an immigrant with the exception of a single region, probably in Africa and perhaps named Eden...

That's not what I said. Nor is there any evidence that, if there was an Eden, that it was in Africa.

The Americas; North, Central and South; were populated with humans very late in comparison to Eurpoe, Africa and Asia. The original inhabitants of these continents migrated over the land bridge at the Bering Strait, across and down through these continents.

My point was addressing YT2095's post about Native American food being the only American food that was not ethnic.

We're just having a little fun with the topic.
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