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American Regional favorites?

jp4401 Apr 5, 2008 05:49 PM

I have a cooking club coming up, and the theme is American Regional favorites? For example, New York style cheesecake, New England clam chowder, Key West Key Lime pie, Southern Fried Chicken, Maryland Crab cakes, Texas BBQ, Philadelphia Cheese Steak, and so on.

What I am asking is if you can list more regional favorites. I would like to look over the list then pick what I will make. I know I cannot think of all of them. So what do you know is a regional favorite?

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    ceekskat Apr 11, 2008 05:35 PM

    Living in California, I do miss a good chicken fried steak w/ gravy that I grew up with in Texas:-(. Realized this last night watching a Travel network episode on deep fried foods.

    1. mamaciita Apr 11, 2008 12:05 PM

      I moved to Louisville in 1996 from Evansville, IN, and I had never before heard of Benedictine, but it's the local food addiction that no one else has ever heard of--most people immediately associate Louisville with Hot Browns. Let me see if I can find a link to a good recipe. . .

      Never mind. Here's mine. All of the others I found use mayo (yech) and a food processor (makes a watery mess out of the cucumbers).


      1 medium cucumber
      1/4 medium onion
      8 oz cream cheese, softened
      1/2 tsp salt
      juice from 1 lemon
      1 drop green food coloring

      Peel, seed, and grate cucumber. Combine grated cucumber and salt in a colander and drain 10-15 minutes. Grate onion and reserve. Beat cream cheese to a smooth consistency, then beat in lemon juice. Squeeze moisture out of cucumber and add to cream cheese mixture. Pour off any liquid that has seeped out of the onions and add onions to cream cheese mixture. Blend well. Add 1 drop green food color and stir to incorporate. Add salt to taste.

      The classic preparation is finger sandwiches or Benedictine and bacon sandwiches. I love it on smoked turkey sandwiches or by itself on hot, crusty French bread.

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        Diane in Bexley Apr 11, 2008 10:24 AM

        Cincinnati five way chili is always a fun buffet meal. It's chili served over spaghetti noodles with different toppings. If you want more details or recipe, let me know.

        1. bbqboy Apr 10, 2008 11:38 AM

          plains states: deep fried tacos
          Beirocks/Runzas(Fresno too:) )
          Pork Tenderloins-all through the pork belt north of the Ohio River Westward to Eastern Ks.

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            pringle347 Apr 9, 2008 02:45 PM

            Indian Fry Bread out west (Arizona?)
            Florida Stone Crabs
            Goetta from Cincinnati
            Long Island Steamers (Steamed Clams)
            Southern Cornbread
            Gullah food from South Carolina

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            1. re: pringle347
              Sean Apr 10, 2008 11:34 AM

              New York and Coney Island System Hot Weiners...

            2. EastRocker Apr 9, 2008 02:11 PM

              steamed cheeseburgers (central CT)
              White Clam Pizza (New Haven, CT)
              Maple Creemees (VT)
              dynamites (RI)
              coffee milk (RI)

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                soupkitten Apr 7, 2008 07:19 PM

                brunswick stew, burgoo, gumbo, booya

                chicken&biscuits, biscuits&gravy, red beans& rice, shrimp&grits, cornbread, spoonbread

                boston cream pie, chess pie, key lime pie, lady baltimore, king cake, shortcake

                chitlins, snoots, hot brown

                hot dish, hoe cake, johnny cake, boston beans, rotel dip, layered salad, waldorf salad, po boy

                sf sourdough, plank salmon, poi, poke (hawaii), poke (salad), pigsfoot& greens, fried chicken, crab cake, flapjack, chili, etouffee, praline, maque choux

                poetry. i'll think of some more for you tomorrow.

                1. Paul Weller Apr 7, 2008 06:52 PM

                  Hangtown fry was really popular when I lived in coastal northern california years ago. It's sort of like corned beef hash with oysters instead of corned beef.

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                    soupkitten Apr 7, 2008 07:25 PM

                    and don't forget eggs. the reason it was called hangtown fry was because oysters and fresh eggs were both very hard (& expensive) to obtain in gold-rush sf. sf area outlaws sentenced to death could extend their lifespan by several days by requesting "hangtown fry" as their last meal-- if their wishes were respected, it would take a few days to obtain the ingredients, staying their execution.

                    1. re: soupkitten
                      BobB Apr 11, 2008 06:58 AM

                      Good story, but incorrect. Hangtown was an early name of Placerville, CA, where the dish originated. According to nearly all accounts from the time, the dish originated when a lucky miner, his pockets full of gold, showed up at what is now the Cary House Hotel (it was the El Dorado at the time) and demanded the most expensive dish they could create. Thus the Hangtown Fry was born.

                      It is also not similar to a hash, but rather an omelet made with bacon and oysters. There are no potatoes or onions in the recipes I've seen.

                      1. re: BobB
                        soupkitten Apr 11, 2008 09:38 AM

                        incorrect? well-- there are 2 stories about the *origin* of the dish, one which you relate (unnamed miner who struck it rich), and one that credits it to a condemned prisoner (again unnamed, funny huh?), but regardless of the origin, i was talking about the history of the dish, and relating how it came to be named-- subsequently becoming (in)famous as the frequently requested last meal of prisoners in "hangtown"

                        During the gold rush, Placerville, California was known as "Hangtown," for obvious reasons. As legend has it, a miner who had just struck it rich, walked into a restaurant and demanded the most expensive breakfast possible. The cook fried together the three most expensive ingredients at the time; bacon, eggs and oysters. This delicious and decadent breakfast became known as the Hangtown fry.
                        By the way, it was reported that this dish was a popular "last meal" request among those unfortunate souls awaiting their walk to the gallows. Since it often took a few days to procure all three ingredients for the Hangtown fry, the condemned man could stall his inevitable fate.
                        from http://americanfood.about.com/

                        1. re: soupkitten
                          BobB Apr 11, 2008 10:02 AM

                          I understand that prisoners may have requested it for a last meal as a delaying tactic, but even the (second) story you quote here does not imply that this is how the dish got its name, which is what I thought you were claiming above. But upon re-reading I see that I misparsed you. My apologies.

                          1. re: BobB
                            soupkitten Apr 11, 2008 10:09 AM

                            no worries-- i think your origin story is more fun anyway :)

                            is hangtown fry still a specialty at any restaurants out there?

                  2. MsMaryMc Apr 7, 2008 02:17 PM

                    In the Pacific Northwest, you've got salmon in its various forms and preparations (smoked, grilled on a cedar plank, etc.), Penn Cove mussels, Dungeness and Alaskan king crab, Olympia oysters, and other glorious seafood.

                    Heading south, can't forget San Francsico sourdough bread and Mission-style burritos. In central California there's Santa Maria Tri Tip barbecue.

                    1. Paul Weller Apr 6, 2008 09:39 AM

                      Fish tacos are a regional favorite in So. California.

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                      1. re: Paul Weller
                        jp4401 Apr 6, 2008 01:52 PM

                        Excellent, keep them coming everyone!

                      2. steinpilz Apr 6, 2008 07:30 AM

                        Upstate NY red hots, white hots
                        Buffalo beef on weck
                        NM green chili stew
                        Birch beer (Philly area I think)
                        Taylor ham (NJ)
                        Big belly fried clams (MA)
                        Connecticut style lobster roll (butter not mayo)
                        Steamed soft shell clams
                        NY clam chowder
                        MD soft shell crabs
                        SC She-crab soup
                        Peanut soup
                        Ohio Amish baby swiss cheese
                        Scrapple (PA)
                        NC pulled pork BBQ
                        NC bay scallops
                        Hoppin' John
                        Florida grouper
                        California abalone
                        (I guess I'm getting a bit general here now)

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                        1. re: steinpilz
                          Kelli2006 Apr 7, 2008 03:45 PM

                          The Ohio Amish also have trail bologna and fantastic shoofly pies.

                          1. re: steinpilz
                            KevinB Apr 9, 2008 03:31 PM

                            Beef on a weck - Buffalo's much better gift than chicken wings.

                            1. re: KevinB
                              Catskillgirl Apr 10, 2008 11:20 AM

                              I made one for dinner last night! My bakers, bless their little hearts, made me a couple. I hadn't had a beef on weck in at least 20 years, and it was so, so, so good! I even cheated and used bottled (Heinz) au jus gravy and it was still divine.

                            2. re: steinpilz
                              BobB Apr 11, 2008 07:51 AM

                              Big belly fried clams, YES! But I would not recommend the OP attempt to make these at home, even if she could get fresh Ipswich clams in DC, which is doubtful. Even here it takes an expert hand with a Fryolator to get them right.

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                              Janet Apr 5, 2008 11:05 PM

                              Southern pecan pie
                              New Orleans gumbo
                              Ky. pool hall chili
                              Tex Mex
                              Ky beer cheese
                              Monterey Jack Cheese
                              KY. Hot Browns

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                                Jimbosox04 Apr 5, 2008 06:00 PM

                                Boston Baked Beans
                                Louisiana Jambalaya
                                Cinncinatti Chili
                                Maine Lobster Rolls
                                Rhode Island Chowda (the red stuff)

                                I am sure there are many more, hope this helps with a few.

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                                1. re: Jimbosox04
                                  Jimbosox04 Apr 6, 2008 07:53 AM

                                  I made an error here, the R.I. Chowda is clear broth, Manhattan is Red OOPS

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                                  jp4401 Apr 5, 2008 05:53 PM

                                  Here are some more I can think of.

                                  Chicago Deep dish Pizza
                                  New York style Pizza
                                  Chicago hotdogs

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