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Alabama regional food - specialties

We have set 2012 as a year of weekly theme dinners for our family. This year we are doing the fifty states (as my fourth grader is studying the states and since this is the fifth time we've done the states unit... we are trying something different to keep our sanity). As part of our dinners, we have state trivia (capital, flag, birds and other facts), decorations (to the extent we can) and foods that are typical of the area. Our first state was Hawaii, which was fun but pretty easy.

Our next state is Alabama! Any ideas for food that is really specific to the state of Alabama??? We have all of the southern states to do at some point and would love to get some ideas other than frying everything in sight or BBQ!

Thanks all!

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  1. Boiled peanuts, peaches, pecans, grits, corn bread, collard greens, catfish and gulf shrimp come to mind when I think Alabama food.

    1. i have nothing helpful wrt alabama, but i would love to follow a series of posts with other states and especially your final menu choices for each one! i would be sure to contribute ideas when you reach my own neck of the woods, and i'm sure i'm not alone in thinking this is a very interesting exercise! you should consider posting regularly about these dinners, if it sounds like fun to you. good luck :)

      1. This is a fantastic idea Duck! Luv it. I'm fairly centrally located in Birmingham and as it happens, our local paper is promoting Alabama's latest tourism campaign. Check it out here: http://www.yearofalabamafood.com

        Some suggestions for you:
        Butter beans (we have an entire festival devoted to this Alabama favorite. Seriously.
        )White barbeque sauce served over grilled/smoked chicken (made famous in North Alabama)
        Cornbread
        Fried green tomatoes (The movie was based on The Whistlestop Cafe which is located in Bham)
        Shrimp (an homage to our fantastic gulf coast)
        Banana pudding - every 'Bama potluck get-together has banana pudding made with vanilla wafers

        Let us know how things turn out!

        1. Almost forgot, whatever you serve, it must be accompanied by sweet tea!!

          1. Great ideas for dinner - thank you so much! We might have to forgo the decorations this time but have some great Alabama trivia.

            I'll tell you how it goes.