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Old 12-20-2006, 07:54 PM   #1
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Ethnic in the USA

What are the ethnic foods of the USA? Would that be a pbj wrapped in Kansas wheat bread?

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Old 12-20-2006, 08:19 PM   #2
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Your original post has a tongue and cheek feel to it but what we might refer to as regional could be considered American/Ethnic. Such things as BBQ's, Cajun, Tex-Mex. Although they may have roots from different parts of the world they have developed to be truly American. Just as pasta came from Asia it is most associated with Italian cuisine here. The US is a very young country that is made up of many cultures unlike Europe that has it's well defined Ethnic groups as well as Asia, Africa and the Mediteraenean (sp). Give us time be proud of our American ethnicity and build on what we have done. We are a great country it's just as an "ethnic group" we come in many shapes, sizes and colors. It would truly be great if we could be non hyphanated Americans in the future.Sorry if I'm taking this in a path you didn't intend but I'm very proud to be an American and what we have to offer the world.

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Old 12-20-2006, 08:38 PM   #3
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Well JDP that's why I eat pbj on Kansas wheat bread. I am an American. Mom's apple pie bakes here. I just want to recognize my own roots.
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Old 12-20-2006, 08:50 PM   #4
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What are the ethnic foods of the USA? Would that be a pbj wrapped in Kansas wheat bread?
What the heck is Kansas wheat bread? Okay I'm going to take a deep breath count to ten and reread Alix's advice in her Peace be with you? thread.

I hope that you discover the immense heritage of American cooking that all of our forefathers have passed on to us. Clearly there are antecedents to our dishes from literally everywhere on earth but that is also true of virtually every other culinary culture.
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:13 PM   #5
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Well JDP that's why I eat pbj on Kansas wheat bread. I am an American. Mom's apple pie bakes here. I just want to recognize my own roots.
Hey if you love your PBJ on Kansas Wheat bread then God bless you. I too enjoy a good PBJ. In your original post I was given the impression that you felt the United States of America has no ethnic American dishes and you where using sarcasim to make your point by using the PBJ on Kansas wheat bread as your only example. Again my point is that the USA has made many wonderful contributions to the culinary world in styles of cooking from the many different regions of this glorious nation. Take for example Bisquits and gravy, Shrimp Etouffe, Blackened redfish, the neuveau(sp) cuisnines of the 90's, American pizza, Door County Fish Boils, tailgating ( not really one food but could almost be considered an ethnic style), smoked ribs, pork butts and briskets. The list could go on and on.

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Old 12-20-2006, 09:23 PM   #6
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bbq, chili, corn bread, deep greens, various soups and chowders such as Manhattan or New England clam or Maryland crab, gumbo...our regional cuisines are our ethnic recipes to other nations.
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:46 PM   #7
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The traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, a green vegetable and pumpkin pie for dessert probably qualifies as ethnic american food.
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Whatcha mean?

Hey, StirBlue:

Could you clarify what you meant in your first post? As others, I do sense a bit of sarcasm, but I can't quite tell if you really wanted an answer.

Do you think the USA has issues w/ 'ethnic' food? Were you intimating that our 'original' cuisine is dull...or non-existent? Make your case, I know many who'd be interested.

I think the best and truly most amazing thing about the USA is its adoption of other cultures' foods. We will try anything! Remember when sushi was posh and chic? Heck, now folks go shop at WallMart and get sashimi on the way home. No black dress required. That is an incredible change in a culture in a few decades.

I have lived abroad for short periods. The food can be so wonderful. But in Mexico, it's Mexican. In China, it's Chinese. In Thailand, it's...you get the idea. (I'm not including large cosmopolitan cities in those countries b/c the same is true all the world over: go to a big enough city and you can get just about anything.) But even in my 15K population town in I can get several kinds of Chinese, several versions of sushi, Northern Indian, Thai, and scads of Italian, Mexican, and W. European foods. That, to me, is the coolest thing about our (admittedly adopted!) 'ethnic' cuisine.
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I just think we need to look around our own country of greatness (USA) before we order out (another country). No offense intended to those wonderful people of other countries who share so much with us.
I just thought we (USA) were being left out of the ethnic foods. I guess now I know that we can be just as ethnic as everybody else.
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Sorry Stir blue I got the impression that you felt we brought nothing to the table when with came to the culinary world. In a way we are also like the BASF commercial. We didn't make the dish...but we did make it better.

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