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Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

emglow101 Jul 11, 2014 11:18 PM

NonnieMuss has a great topic about foods from your region that are embarrassing and disgusting. I had nothing to say living in California. I'm sure you can come up with plenty. But on the other hand we have a lot of great foods. What are foods from your region that you are proud of, and nobody does it better ?

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  1. PHREDDY RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 04:50 AM

    NYC bagels and pizzas

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      jbsiegel RE: PHREDDY Jul 12, 2014 06:04 PM

      NJ is pretty good for these too!

      NJ subs are the best!

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        mcsheridan RE: jbsiegel Jul 13, 2014 06:16 AM

        And don't forget the Italian Hot Dog.

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          drongo RE: jbsiegel Jul 15, 2014 05:58 PM

          Many of the bagels and some of the pizza in NJ is good... but much is awful (and the same applies to NYC also, lol).

          (I've lived variously in Manhattan and the northern part of NJ for over 25 years, and have had the good, bad & ugly.)

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            jbsiegel RE: drongo Jul 16, 2014 12:37 PM

            Yep...we certainly have our share of Dunkin' Donuts with their "bagels"...

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          JTPhilly RE: PHREDDY Jul 14, 2014 10:34 AM

          I miss Bagels, every sunday growing up there was a hot crusty bag of bagles and a New York Times on the kitchen table - one of the simple pleasures of Home.

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            sunshine842 RE: JTPhilly Jul 14, 2014 03:23 PM

            when our bunch was young and single, Sunday morning was lox and bagels, a pot of coffee, a pitcher of Bloody Marys, and the NYT around the pool.

            Sometimes we found our way back to the apartment before dinnertime.

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              PHREDDY RE: JTPhilly Jul 14, 2014 06:10 PM

              You know, I am still in NYC...and have bagels and lox about once every two months...and read the NYT on line every Sunday morning...I guess I have still have not grown up...but I love mees bages and lox...

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                JTPhilly RE: PHREDDY Jul 14, 2014 07:54 PM

                There is an excellent soup and sandwich stop down the street that has pretty good bagels (by Philly standards and only "everything") and make a lox bagel with an obscene amount of lox (like maybe nobody orders it so a whole package goes on) - it is one of my occasional weekend indulgences. I do the times online but can't justify the actual paper but I do miss a hot bag of bagels and inky fingers from passing sections of the paper around the breakfast table.

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            kseiverd RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 06:09 AM

            In Philly area. Obvious choices include hoagies (NEVER subs, heros, etc) and cheesesteaks. When I worked in Philly, my "breakfast" (almost every day) was a philly soft pretzel... maybe 5-10 secs in microwave and slathered with brown (or yellow) mustard... basically same as a bagel?? Pork roll (Taylor "ham") sandwich on a Kaiser roll.

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              gaffk RE: kseiverd Jul 12, 2014 04:38 PM

              Agreed with all of these. And let me add scrapple and Bassett's ice cream.

              ETA: And Utz chips.

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                jbsiegel RE: gaffk Jul 12, 2014 06:11 PM

                Plus 1000 on the Utz chips!

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                CindyJ RE: kseiverd Jul 13, 2014 12:23 PM

                Don't overlook mushrooms -- many different varieties -- fresh from the mushroom houses in the Kennett Square area.

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                pine time RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 06:33 AM

                My native state (KY): country ham, biscuits and gravy.
                My adopted state (CA): Haas avocados in anything; CA wine, fish tacos.

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                  chloebell RE: pine time Jul 12, 2014 06:39 AM

                  Fresh Gulf of Mexico seafood!

                  Pine Time, friend of mine used to live in CA and had avocado trees in her backyard. Mmmmm, I would LOVE that!

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                    pine time RE: chloebell Jul 12, 2014 06:48 AM

                    Only reason we haven't planted avocado tree is because of our severe drought. However, a friend has an avocado "farm"--heaven.

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                      chloebell RE: pine time Jul 12, 2014 06:50 AM

                      Oh my, I would be the size of that farm barn if I lived there. lol!

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                      drongo RE: chloebell Jul 12, 2014 01:54 PM

                      When I was a kid, we had several avocado trees in the back yard... they were HUGE (30-40 ft high) and so we were deluged -- by far the majority of the avocadoes rotted on the ground. It was a shock to me later in my life to have to PAY for avocadoes!

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                        joycebre RE: drongo Jul 13, 2014 08:17 PM

                        I hate to pay for lemons. (Californian also, but I don't have a lemon tree right now, and have to beg friends for their extra lemons.)

                  2. grampart RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 06:39 AM

                    My home state of NJ: Tomatoes and sweet corn
                    My current home in Georgia: Peaches

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                      Jerseygirl111 RE: grampart Jul 13, 2014 01:10 PM

                      Pecans?

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                        grampart RE: Jerseygirl111 Jul 13, 2014 01:17 PM

                        Actually, I get mine from Alabama and I wouldn't be surprised if some of my peaches were grown in South Carolina.

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                          Jerseygirl111 RE: grampart Jul 14, 2014 04:12 PM

                          Oy. Just heard on the radio the State of Georgia is looking for a new ad campaign for its pecans.

                          How about Vidalia onions?

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                      gordeaux RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 06:51 AM

                      Plenty in Chicago, but the things I would miss that a lot of ppl might not know, or are overlooked:

                      Combo with hot giardiniera

                      Tavern style thin crust pizza (deep dish and stuffed pizza are for tourists)

                      There is CRAZY good Mexican food here. A lot of my L.A. hound friends bee line it for Mexican food when they get in town. The taqueria choices are endless, and some of them are insanely good. Sure, there's plenty of crappy ones, too.

                      Rib Tips / hot links from an Aquarium smoker joint.

                      GArrett's popcorn. Chicago Mix. Heaven in a bag.

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                        ferret RE: gordeaux Jul 12, 2014 01:35 PM

                        As a nearly lifelong Chicagoan, and having frequented the original Malnati's since it opened, deep dish is definitely not just for tourists. We also have a favorite spot for tavern-style as well as another spot for NY style and still another for Neapolitan. Oh and another 4 or 5 other places if we happen to be nearby. They're all delicious.

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                          gordeaux RE: ferret Jul 12, 2014 04:18 PM

                          I'll concede to the Lou's deep dish, because I have a fondness for a Lou's once in a long while when they are done correctly. But, a Lou's extra thin still trumps a Lou's deep 90% of the time, imo. Leaving out the other styles (NY, and Neo,) what is your preference when getting a pie without out-of-towners? Tavern, DD, or Stuft? I, and everyone I know, will say Tavern. Do I know everyone in the city? No. Not at all. Just my 2 cents for the thread. Most of the folks I know do say that DD and stuft are for tourists.

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                            ferret RE: gordeaux Jul 12, 2014 09:59 PM

                            I really don't look at it that way. They're different things for different moods.

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                          tcamp RE: gordeaux Jul 14, 2014 06:58 AM

                          Agree about mexican in Chicago. That is my first order of business when I go there.

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                            RealMenJulienne RE: gordeaux Jul 14, 2014 07:56 AM

                            My east/west coast friends don't believe me when I talk about the Mexican food in Chicago. I fully believe that Chicago's Mexican food is on par with what you can get in LA. Not the shiny Bayless joints, but the down home westside eateries.

                            Agree on the Italian beef sandwich with hot giardiniera. This is the Chicago food that deserves to be nationally famous. But maybe it's a blessing in disguise. It would be a shame if it got bastardized in the way of the Philly cheeseteak.

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                            mse924 RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 07:42 AM

                            Hoppel Poppel: It's my go-to brunch option if it's on the menu. Something about having summer sausage in a breakfast dish makes me really happy.

                            Bloody Marys: Probably could be considered it's own food group in WI. A lot of places make their own mix and the competition between different bars/restaurants to have the most creative garnishes makes for some really tasty drinks.

                            Also, Brandy Old Fashioneds. :)

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                              RelishPDX RE: mse924 Jul 12, 2014 09:53 AM

                              «Hoppel Poppel: It's my go-to brunch option if it's on the menu. Something about having summer sausage in a breakfast dish makes me really happy.»

                              Wow, that's the first time I've heard Hoppel Poppel as the name of a sausage. From my youth, I associate the name with ice cream:

                              http://hoppelpoppel.com

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                                mse924 RE: RelishPDX Jul 12, 2014 11:00 AM

                                The sausage is just a component of the dish! Typical hoppel poppel is basically a big breakfast skillet. Usually includes crispy potato chunks, scrambled eggs and fried meat of some kind (usually salami or summer sausage), plus whatever other veggies, cheese, etc is laying around.

                                The gold standard for the dish in Milwaukee is usually considered to be served at Benji's (an old-school Jewish deli). I'm partial to the version at the Bartolotta's supper club Joey Gerard's because they include Usingers summer sausage and Carr Valley cheddar. Mmmmmmm.

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                                  Fydeaux RE: mse924 Jul 14, 2014 09:35 AM

                                  Hoppel Poppel at Joey Gerard's?! I am guessing this is not on the dinner menu. I've been there several times [my mother LOVES this place] and have never noticed it.

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                                    mse924 RE: Fydeaux Jul 15, 2014 06:14 PM

                                    Nope, not on the dinner menu! The Greenfield location also serves breakfast (I don't think the Mequon location does?) My parents are very devoted patrons of the Bartolotta restaurants so we often end up there after church when they're in town.

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                                sauterc RE: mse924 Jul 12, 2014 01:45 PM

                                Frozen custard, Tom&Jerrys, and fried cheese curds!

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                                  sunshine842 RE: sauterc Jul 12, 2014 01:57 PM

                                  you Badger, you.

                              3. LaLa RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 09:36 AM

                                My home state KY : country ham and beaten biscuits, soup beans with hot water cornbread and fried fatback on the side, spoon bread, beer cheese, Grippos potato chips, pool hall chili ,and hot brown.

                                My now state SC: chicken bog, pilau/perloo, hush puppies light as air, she crab soup, lowcountry boil, oyster roast with the clusters!!!!

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                                  pine time RE: LaLa Jul 12, 2014 10:29 AM

                                  Wow, Grippos potato chips--had forgotten all about them.

                                  Yes, soup beans (never bean soup) and cornbread. Preferably from my grandmother's wood burning stove.

                                  And, every time we go to Berea, KY, must have Boone Tavern's spoon bread. Wonderful memories.

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                                    sandylc RE: pine time Jul 12, 2014 09:14 PM

                                    I have the Boone Tavern cookbook. And a fond memory of eating there as a kid.

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                                      sunshine842 RE: pine time Jul 14, 2014 06:00 AM

                                      let me guess -- white navy beans, cooked with ham?

                                      (Sandylc....I know you're laughing)

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                                        Candy RE: pine time Jul 18, 2014 08:34 AM

                                        We were there for lunch last summer. Another good place in that area is the Science Hill Inn in Lexington, KY. Their Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce is fabulous. They make it with stale biscuits and what a good use for them.

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                                        six dower RE: LaLa Jul 12, 2014 05:36 PM

                                        Where do you find the "light as air" hushpuppies in SC? The only ones that I have had in SC are dense and over fried. I like the NC style...light and sweet.
                                        Do you know of a few spots in SC?

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                                          LaLa RE: six dower Jul 12, 2014 06:30 PM

                                          Yes...any inlet style places....lees inlets kitchen, drunken jacks, inlet affairs catering, capt Dave's dockside, prossers...not sure where you are eating but plenty of places serve the light kind.

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                                            six dower RE: LaLa Jul 13, 2014 10:40 AM

                                            I am in Charleston. Which place serves your fav? Looks like I need to make a drive north!

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                                          Teague RE: LaLa Jul 14, 2014 08:13 PM

                                          Ooh, yes, KY soup beans and white flint cornbread, I went to college in Morehead, and was introduced to this goodness. Dated a local boy for three years, and his gramma taught me how to make cornbread - it started with bacon drippings in the cast iron skillet in the oven, I still make it to this day.

                                        3. Jay F RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 09:43 AM

                                          From my home state of NJ, pizza. From the DC area, crab and other seafood (I remember Crisfield's).

                                          1. carolinadawg RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 10:35 AM

                                            BBQ, shrimp and grits, Cheerwine, liver mush, brunswick stew, country ham peach cobbler to name a few...

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                                              meatn3 RE: carolinadawg Jul 15, 2014 10:46 AM

                                              Ocracoke Fig Cake too!

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                                              Harters RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 10:41 AM

                                              Black pudding
                                              Manchester tart
                                              Potted shrimps

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                                                grampart RE: Harters Jul 12, 2014 10:58 AM

                                                I had a Manchester tart once years ago. Very sweet, but I had trouble getting past her accent. ;-)

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                                                  Harters RE: grampart Jul 12, 2014 10:58 AM

                                                  The old ones are the best ones, grampart.

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                                                    grampart RE: Harters Jul 12, 2014 11:00 AM

                                                    I couldn't resist.

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                                                  drongo RE: Harters Jul 12, 2014 02:02 PM

                                                  I am familiar with (and like) black pudding, having grown up in a distant colony of England. But the other two I had to google... and was interested to see that "potted shrimps" was purportedly a favorite dish of Ian Fleming, who passed that predilection to his fictional character James Bond.

                                                3. sunshine842 RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 10:49 AM

                                                  shrimp in more ways than Bubba Gump can name
                                                  fried grouper sandwiches
                                                  Cuban sandwiches
                                                  (Cuban food in general - not picky)
                                                  Tomatoes

                                                  And Key Lime Pie.

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                                                    meatn3 RE: sunshine842 Jul 15, 2014 10:48 AM

                                                    To this I'll add:

                                                    Grouper chowder
                                                    Smoked mullet
                                                    Coquina chowder - made on the beach over a fire.

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                                                      meatn3 RE: meatn3 Jul 16, 2014 11:11 AM

                                                      Can't believe I forgot to add Minorcan Clam Chowder!
                                                      And Datil sauce.

                                                  2. Kris in Beijing RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 11:11 AM

                                                    Oooh -- I can promote a food about which I feel I'm alllways hounding Hounds!!
                                                    My "China Dish" is a variant of my "Appalachian dish"

                                                    Mei Cai Kou Rou, which in essence is fatback, pork, and collard greens.

                                                    https://foodeliciousheaven.wordpress....
                                                    http://www.tasteofsouthern.com/southe...

                                                     
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                                                      alkapal RE: Kris in Beijing Jul 13, 2014 05:31 AM

                                                      nice blogs there!!!

                                                      good chinese recipes and also….any southern recipe site that has fried grits is all right with me! he is a real southerner!
                                                      http://www.tasteofsouthern.com/fried-...

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                                                        sunshine842 RE: Kris in Beijing Jul 14, 2014 06:02 AM

                                                        I'm fascinated by dishes that appear nearly identical in separate cultures like this. The seasonings might be different, but the soul of the dish is the same.

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                                                          Kris in Beijing RE: sunshine842 Jul 14, 2014 04:38 PM

                                                          I id a thread on that a few years ago.... which I cannot find. Perhaps was modded due to my overuse of internet acquired pictures.
                                                          I mentioned meicai kourou and some other dishes I encountered in China.

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                                                            lsmutko RE: Kris in Beijing Jul 16, 2014 04:50 PM

                                                            I just made Lion's Head meatballs over bok choy the other night, and swap the ginger for some home-canned tomatoes and I essentially made my grandmother's golabki. I didn't totally wrap the meat, but did cup in the leaves it to keep it formed as it steamed away. Pork and cabbage.

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                                                        cavandre RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                        Central East Coast of Florida...broiled Rock Shrimp!

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                                                          grampart RE: cavandre Jul 12, 2014 12:32 PM

                                                          35 years ago in Vero Beach, we used to buy them in 10 pound bags for about $3 per pound. Delicious, but my fingers would be bleeding from "shelling" them. How much do they go for now?

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                                                            cavandre RE: grampart Jul 13, 2014 03:47 AM

                                                            Don't know the retail price...I get them at restaurants.

                                                        2. mtlcowgirl RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 12:44 PM

                                                          Montreal smoked meat.

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                                                            jacquelyncoffey RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 01:24 PM

                                                            CT - Lobster rolls - hot buttered, no mayo

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                                                              miss_belle RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                              Chicken fried steak w/cream gravy, corn dogs & great Tex-Mex.

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                                                                James Cristinian RE: miss_belle Jul 13, 2014 04:22 AM

                                                                You left off the Texas trinity of BBQ, brisket, pork ribs, and sausage. Sides, we don't need no stinkin' sides.

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                                                                  miss_belle RE: James Cristinian Jul 13, 2014 06:47 AM

                                                                  The thread title states foods you find tasty and delicious. Since I'm not a huge BBQ fan I thought I'd let someone else mention it. No 3 hr wait in 105* heat for me:-)

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                                                                    James Cristinian RE: miss_belle Jul 13, 2014 09:02 AM

                                                                    I left off Vietnamese food.

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                                                                      miss_belle RE: James Cristinian Jul 13, 2014 03:39 PM

                                                                      A bowl of chili, Blue Bell ice cream and an ice cold DR Pepper. Game, set, match:-)

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                                                                        James Cristinian RE: miss_belle Jul 13, 2014 04:07 PM

                                                                        I had a hip replacement late winter and it was all you can eat Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla from the freezer across the hall + hydrocodone + morphine = I didn't want to leave that place. I enjoyed it so much I'm going back in the fall for a new knee. All those contact sports into my 30's coming home to roost. Edge JC especially when you read my post down below.

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                                                                C70 RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 01:40 PM

                                                                Montreal bagels
                                                                Poutine
                                                                Maple syrup
                                                                Tourtiere
                                                                Whippet cookies

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                                                                  C70 RE: C70 Jul 17, 2014 07:01 AM

                                                                  I forgot Ice cider from Ile d'Orleans. Great stuff!

                                                                2. linguafood RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 02:06 PM

                                                                  I can't think of any regional specialty from Central PA that I find tasty or delicious, so I'll go with my two German hunting grounds:

                                                                  Pan-fried calf's liver with apples & onions
                                                                  Spreewald pickles
                                                                  Himmel un Ääd (pan-fried blood sausage, mashed potatoes, apple sauce)
                                                                  Bönnsch

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                                                                    susancinsf RE: linguafood Jul 13, 2014 11:15 AM

                                                                    no to shoo-fly pie? Hubby hails from central PA, and years ago (perhaps before they stored pics and lots of information from passports on computers?) when his passport and all identifying docs were stolen in Rome, one of the questions the US Embassy asked him to establish he was who he said he was, after asking where he spent his childhood, was to describe shoo-fly pie.....In any case, I like it, more than much of the regional food I've tasted in that area.

                                                                    He also remembers corn, pulled from the stalk and cooked within minutes, and sometimes just eaten raw. He remembers more than one August dinner that consisted of corn. and nothing else other than a bit of salt, pepper and butter.

                                                                    I can also report that while I was born in and have lived most of my life in California (and agree with the obvious: we really do have some of the best produce anywhere), the best tomatoes I ever ate were in a salad in an otherwise forgettable restaurant in rural Western PA.

                                                                    Speaking of obvious: San Francisco Bay Area: Dungeness Crab. Sourdough.

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                                                                      linguafood RE: susancinsf Jul 13, 2014 12:02 PM

                                                                      No thanks. Too damn sweet, like most Amish pastries/sweets. Ick.

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                                                                        cleobeach RE: linguafood Jul 13, 2014 05:17 PM

                                                                        I put shoo fly pie under the other thread! I agree with linguafood, way too sweet as are most PA German/Dutch for my taste.

                                                                        I do remember dinners of just corn or just tomatoes (and butter bread) when those were in season.

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                                                                          gaffk RE: cleobeach Jul 13, 2014 05:25 PM

                                                                          I too mentioned shoo fly pie in other threads. The mere mention of the words make my teeth ache.

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                                                                            JTPhilly RE: gaffk Jul 14, 2014 10:37 AM

                                                                            I like shoofly pie - as a rare treat, like buttercake its one of those once a year indulgences but I do enjoy it.

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                                                                              gaffk RE: JTPhilly Jul 14, 2014 12:12 PM

                                                                              I guess somebody must like the stuff given its popularity.

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                                                                                pine time RE: gaffk Jul 15, 2014 11:49 AM

                                                                                I'll gladly take anyone's unloved shoofly pie. And every single Indiana sugar pie, too!

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                                                                                  sunshine842 RE: pine time Jul 15, 2014 12:25 PM

                                                                                  LOL -- years ago there were a few of us from Indiana who oohed and aaahed when I said I would bring a sugar cream pie for the holiday potluck.

                                                                                  The receptionist (not a Hoosier) happily dived into her second piece and commented that wow, she never would have believed that this was sugar free!

                                                                                  After a stunned moment, we realized she had misheard "sugar cream" in the noisy breakroom -- she finished the rest of the 2nd piece, even now that she knew that it definitely is NOT sugar free!

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                                                                                    sandylc RE: sunshine842 Jul 15, 2014 12:33 PM

                                                                                    When well-made, it's delicious and indulgent...but it's just SO DANG SWEET!

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                                                                                      sunshine842 RE: sandylc Jul 15, 2014 06:02 PM

                                                                                      oh yes -- one of the few pies where you can serve 12 people with an 8" pie....

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                                                                    cleobeach RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 03:13 PM

                                                                    Soupies, when they are good they are great.

                                                                    Eta, they are like soppressata.

                                                                    1. ennuisans RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 04:16 PM

                                                                      Even Bourdain couldn't find much worth eating in the Ozarks :( There are good places to eat but not much in the way of local marvels. We eat burgers.

                                                                      Actually, Silver Dollar City of all places has an extensive selection of candy, including older stuff like hoarhound and fool's gold (think peanut brittle without the peanuts) and one store devoted to saltwater taffy that I can never pass up.

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                                                                        Jerseygirl111 RE: ennuisans Jul 13, 2014 01:13 PM

                                                                        I love hoarhound penny stix!

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                                                                          John E. RE: Jerseygirl111 Jul 13, 2014 01:26 PM

                                                                          When my mother was a little girl, her big brother would buy hoarhound candy because he knew she hated it. He didn't even like it much, but he didn't have to share. (This was during the Great Depression. I still miss them both.)

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                                                                            Jerseygirl111 RE: John E. Jul 14, 2014 04:16 PM

                                                                            Aww. Big brothers are such meanies! ;-)

                                                                            It is a very old fashioned candy. I rarely see it anymore. Probably on the interweb, I guess.

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                                                                              Fydeaux RE: Jerseygirl111 Jul 15, 2014 06:12 AM

                                                                              I have a bag of Claeys Horehound candy in my desk drawer at work. I think I see them most regularly at places like World Market.

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                                                                        Dirtywextraolives RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 04:35 PM

                                                                        Home state of CT : th lobster rolls, someone else mentioned, and our New Haven pizza, best in the country, we have awesome southern Italian specialties too.

                                                                        Adopted state of CA : our produce is the freshest and best in the country so any kind of salad and any dish with fresh fruit; fish tacos, spiny lobsters, and a huge selection of regional Mexican food from Oaxacan to Sinaloan to Baja cuisine, just incredible. And of course, guacamole with our unbeatable avocados. If I ever leave CA I will miss my avocados the most. And our wine is great with great prices compared to the east coast....

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                                                                          AdamD RE: Dirtywextraolives Jul 13, 2014 11:22 AM

                                                                          Also CT home state
                                                                          And must mention the hot dogs hummel bros, rosols,
                                                                          http://ctoriginals.com/

                                                                          Adopted state: NYC and its suburbs. Pretty much the best of everything, but we need more Mexican and Vietnamese places!

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                                                                            Dirtywextraolives RE: AdamD Jul 13, 2014 04:46 PM

                                                                            I used to LOVE hummels and their German bologna sandwiches.... You used to be able to just say Hummels and everyone knew what you were talking about.... Yum, thanks for the memory...

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                                                                          healthytouch101 RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 04:42 PM

                                                                          Ohio Valley Style Pizza from DiCarlo's.

                                                                          Pepperoni Rolls. With sauce and cheese.

                                                                          This is fun! I looked up soupies...very cool.

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                                                                            MacTAC RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 04:56 PM

                                                                            Roast Long Island Duckling

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                                                                              ErnieA RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 05:27 PM

                                                                              Scrapper. .(.auto correct is trying to correct me, it ends with an L) I lived in MD as a kid and this Penn treat is still a fav.

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                                                                                sunshine842 RE: ErnieA Jul 12, 2014 06:03 PM

                                                                                do you mean scrapple?

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                                                                                  linguafood RE: sunshine842 Jul 13, 2014 07:32 AM

                                                                                  Likely.

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                                                                                    ErnieA RE: sunshine842 Jul 13, 2014 12:53 PM

                                                                                    Yes.That's what I meant. Apparently this tablet doesn't like s c r a p p l e because it auto corrects it when I try to spell it! ..sigh...

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                                                                                      John E. RE: ErnieA Jul 13, 2014 01:13 PM

                                                                                      I turned off autocorrect to avoid these problems.

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                                                                                        Ttrockwood RE: John E. Jul 13, 2014 07:07 PM

                                                                                        First thing i did after i turned it on.

                                                                                2. LMAshton RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 07:36 PM

                                                                                  Mee Goreng and Nasi Goreng!

                                                                                  There's a hole-in-the-wall place that the husband and I stumbled across while we were walking a few blocks in Johor Bahru. It was pretty busy with Malaysians eating there, so we figured we'd give it a try. The husband had the nasi goreng and I had the mee goreng. Oh my, it was good. We paid RM11, or about US4, total. Good sized portion, didn't skimp on the chicken, filled us both up. Spicy, flavourful. And cheap! :)

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                                                                                    alkapal RE: LMAshton Jul 13, 2014 05:36 AM

                                                                                    i always chuckle when i see nasi goreng. in my mind, i'm hearing "nasty goring." LOLO

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                                                                                      LMAshton RE: alkapal Jul 14, 2014 10:51 PM

                                                                                      LOL! Yeah, the very punny husband butchers the names for everything, so here, in our house, it *is* nasty goreng. :D

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                                                                                    Klunco RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 07:39 PM

                                                                                    Boston, Mass:

                                                                                    -Fried whole belly clams
                                                                                    -Clam Chowder
                                                                                    -Boston Cream Pie
                                                                                    -Hermits
                                                                                    -Boston Brown Bread
                                                                                    -Chocolate chip cookies
                                                                                    -Lobster Rolls
                                                                                    -Raspberry lime Rickeys

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                                                                                      phatchris RE: Klunco Jul 13, 2014 05:28 AM

                                                                                      - Northshore Roast Beef sandwiches 3 way

                                                                                      - Marinaded Steak Tips

                                                                                    2. Ttrockwood RE: emglow101 Jul 12, 2014 09:52 PM

                                                                                      Well, i grew up in central CA. So, all produce. We drove by fields of strawberries, broccoli, lettuces, artichokes, almonds, olives, etc... And until i moved to nyc i was spoiled rotten. Regionally ollaliberries were unique, and local fresh sand dabs, squid, abalone, and sardines came from the bay.

                                                                                      Now in nyc there's definately good eats as well, but most of the year we get produce that was trucked across the country from a few miles away from my childhood home.....

                                                                                      1. Paprikaboy RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 04:11 AM

                                                                                        South London and Kent:

                                                                                        Pie and mash and liqour.
                                                                                        Romney Marsh Lamb.
                                                                                        Chapel Down beers.

                                                                                        1. alkapal RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 05:20 AM

                                                                                          from the SE of the US:
                                                                                          fried gulf shrimp
                                                                                          swamp cabbage
                                                                                          pork bbq ribs
                                                                                          stone-ground grits (and fried grits from leftovers: http://www.tasteofsouthern.com/fried-...).
                                                                                          collard greens
                                                                                          hoppin' john
                                                                                          shrimp creole
                                                                                          biscuits
                                                                                          pound cake
                                                                                          coconut custard pie
                                                                                          peach cobbler
                                                                                          fried grouper
                                                                                          cuban sandwiches
                                                                                          boiled peanuts
                                                                                          stone crab claws
                                                                                          key lime pie with the real pastry crust and not that latecomer graham cracker crust
                                                                                          cornbread without sugar
                                                                                          pecan tassies
                                                                                          seminole fry bread
                                                                                          hushpuppies (was reminded by a post from LaLa
                                                                                          )orange juice
                                                                                          duke's mayo
                                                                                          southern-style potato salad with mayo, mustard, chopped boiled eggs, celery & onions.
                                                                                          pecans
                                                                                          cornbread dressing
                                                                                          corn pone
                                                                                          field peas with bacon
                                                                                          fried chicken
                                                                                          sausage gravy

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                                                                                            Uncle Bob RE: alkapal Jul 13, 2014 11:07 AM

                                                                                            My name is Uncle Bob, and I approve of this message!!!

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                                                                                              alkapal RE: Uncle Bob Jul 13, 2014 12:01 PM

                                                                                              uncle bob, my pal!

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                                                                                              Ttrockwood RE: alkapal Jul 13, 2014 07:08 PM

                                                                                              I'm sorry.....swamp cabbage???

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                                                                                                sunshine842 RE: Ttrockwood Jul 13, 2014 08:01 PM

                                                                                                aka hearts of palm -- "swamp cabbage" is the name the locals use for it.

                                                                                                Majorly, majorly good stuff -- entirely different from canned/jarred.

                                                                                            3. NonnieMuss RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 05:33 AM

                                                                                              I'd thought about starting this thread too! To represent KY, I'll put in the Hot Brown, beer cheese (as mentioned below), Western KY mutton BBQ, burgoo, Derby pie, pimiento cheese (although we don't have exclusive rights to that one), Ale-8-One, fried catfish, though I'm not a fan, and of course....bourbon. I guess there's also Benedictine, but that's neither delicious or disgusting. It just is.

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                                                                                                pine time RE: NonnieMuss Jul 13, 2014 08:14 AM

                                                                                                Mr. Pine used to love Ale-8-One--didn't know it was still made.

                                                                                                Must be a disgraced Kentuckian, 'cause I just don't care for pimiento cheese or Benedictine (altho' I wasn't from Louisville, where I heard B. originated).

                                                                                              2. 3MTA3 RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 05:51 AM

                                                                                                THANK YOU !

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                                                                                                  spazita RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 07:57 AM

                                                                                                  Nova Scotia, east coast of Canada

                                                                                                  Lobster
                                                                                                  Donairs
                                                                                                  Fried Clams
                                                                                                  Scallops
                                                                                                  Northumberland lamb
                                                                                                  Mussels
                                                                                                  Musquodoboit Valley beef
                                                                                                  Honeycrisp apples
                                                                                                  Bacon jam

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                                                                                                    Ttrockwood RE: spazita Jul 13, 2014 07:14 PM

                                                                                                    I *think* Inniskillin also makes their amazing ice wines near by nova scotia.....?

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                                                                                                      lsmutko RE: Ttrockwood Jul 16, 2014 04:56 PM

                                                                                                      Maybe some but not all. I know their Ontario winery does a lot of ice wine.

                                                                                                  2. prima RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 08:34 AM

                                                                                                    Old-fashioned Ontario buttertarts.
                                                                                                    Southwestern Ontario sweet corn.
                                                                                                    Niagara peaches bought from a fruit stand / farmers' market (way better than the Niagara peaches sold at the supermarket)

                                                                                                    1. John E. RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 10:07 AM

                                                                                                      I grew up in rural Minnesota where hotdish was eaten at least once a week, and no, not all hotdish uses cream of whatever soup. Hot beef commercials, walleye, wild rice in all forms, sweet corn in August and September, and all various fried foods on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair.

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                                                                                                        grampart RE: John E. Jul 13, 2014 10:12 AM

                                                                                                        Mmmmmm.....Walleye. That and snook are my favorites.

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                                                                                                          MplsM ary RE: John E. Jul 19, 2014 07:56 PM

                                                                                                          Wild blueberries - blueberry is our state muffin, but my dear departed cousin made the best dang blueberry pies known to man

                                                                                                          Chokecherry jam

                                                                                                          Wild rice - the real stuff

                                                                                                          Bundt cake

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                                                                                                            sunshine842 RE: MplsM ary Jul 19, 2014 08:00 PM

                                                                                                            there's a lady who owns a sandwich shop here in Tampa who's from Thief River Falls -- her key to fame is the wonderful bread that she makes with wild rice -- it's awesome.

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                                                                                                          jujuthomas RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 10:54 AM

                                                                                                          from the Twin Tiers of NY, spiedies. Thank goodness Wegmans carries the marinade so I can make them here in Philly. :)

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                                                                                                            grampart RE: jujuthomas Jul 13, 2014 10:59 AM

                                                                                                            How long do you marinate?

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                                                                                                              jujuthomas RE: grampart Jul 13, 2014 11:38 AM

                                                                                                              cut the meat into bite size chunks, marinate at least 6 hours, usually overnight.

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                                                                                                                grampart RE: jujuthomas Jul 13, 2014 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                That's what I do. I've seen some recipes that call for a 3 day marinade.

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                                                                                                                  jujuthomas RE: grampart Jul 13, 2014 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                  wow, 3 days? what type of meat? we generally do chicken but have had wonderful venison spiedies - I can see venison taking a longer marinade.

                                                                                                                  I really should try some of the marinade recipes out there, but the bottled is so good and so easy. :)

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                                                                                                                    grampart RE: jujuthomas Jul 13, 2014 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                    A spiedie consists of cubes of chicken, pork, lamb, veal, venison or beef. The meat cubes are marinated overnight or longer (sometimes for as long as two weeks under a controlled environment) in a special marinade, then grilled on spits (if steel skewers are used, they are called "spiedie rods") over a charcoal pit.
                                                                                                                    http://foodsoftheworld.activeboards.n...

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                                                                                                                      jujuthomas RE: grampart Jul 13, 2014 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                      I've had chicken, pork, lamb and venison spiedies. I have some cubed goat meat in the freezer - now I'm thinking about goat spiedies! ;)

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                                                                                                                        grampart RE: jujuthomas Jul 13, 2014 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                        My favorite is lamb, but chicken is very good and cheaper.

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                                                                                                            sandylc RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 11:01 AM

                                                                                                            Originally from Indiana. I have a best of/worst of combo.

                                                                                                            The breaded tenderloin. When it's done right, it's addictive. Done wrong, embarrassing.

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                                                                                                              sunshine842 RE: sandylc Jul 13, 2014 11:02 AM

                                                                                                              we just got a Culver's. Yay.

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                                                                                                                ennuisans RE: sandylc Jul 13, 2014 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                Is this a pork tenderloin sandwich? When I was a kid this was a "diner" staple but you hardly see them anymore.

                                                                                                                I say "diner" because I don't know a better name, but it's not like Seinfeld. It's those country burger-and-soft-serve places that dot rural areas. Some call them Chat 'n' Chews.

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                                                                                                                  sunshine842 RE: ennuisans Jul 13, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                  yes, it's made from tenderloin -- but it's hammered out to the diameter of a dinner plate, then breaded and deep-fried.

                                                                                                                  A particularly Midwest specialty, only rarely found outside the region, and even then only at places run by natives of the Midwest.

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                                                                                                                    James Cristinian RE: sunshine842 Jul 13, 2014 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                    We have a fried pork loin, not a sandwich at the Polish restaurant just up the street in Houston, decidedly not Midwest. The owners are from Poland, as are my grandparents via Galveston. It's delicious, better than the veal schnitzel and a few buck less.

                                                                                                                    http://www.poloniarestaurant.com/Menu...

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                                                                                                                      sunshine842 RE: James Cristinian Jul 13, 2014 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                      an enormous percentage of folks in the Midwest are descended from German and Polish immigrants, and very likely the source of the sandwich.

                                                                                                                      a breaded pork tenderloin is a sandwich by definition.

                                                                                                                      It goes on a fluffy white bun with mayo and a couple of slices of pickle.

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                                                                                                                        James Cristinian RE: sunshine842 Jul 13, 2014 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                        The fried pork loin here is served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut plus a basket of darkish bread and a lard spread. Sounds like I could turn that into a fine sandwich, never thought of it.

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                                                                                                                          ennuisans RE: James Cristinian Jul 13, 2014 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                          This sounds like what I've read schnitzel to be. Come to think of it, so does the sandwich.

                                                                                                                          I had not however heard of a lard spread. My goodness.

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                                                                                                                            James Cristinian RE: ennuisans Jul 13, 2014 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                            The lard spread sounds better than it tastes, pretty funky. I opt out for regular butter. Come to think of it, lard spread doesn't sound good.

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                                                                                                                              grampart RE: James Cristinian Jul 13, 2014 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                              Lard spread made from fatback pork. Yum.

                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                James Cristinian RE: grampart Jul 13, 2014 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                The wifeacita likes it.

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                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: ennuisans Jul 14, 2014 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                              Lard is even better when it's goose fat with crackling in it. Or crispy onions. Mmmmmmlard.

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                                                                                                                    jacquelyncoffey RE: sandylc Jul 15, 2014 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                    I know what you mean, I have had them so thin that they were just crust, no pork to be found

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                                                                                                                      sunshine842 RE: jacquelyncoffey Jul 15, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                      or the other way -- sliced too thick, not pounded enough, and somebody thinks they have to be a wiseass with the breading and add a bunch of spices that don't belong in the cracker crumbs!

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                                                                                                                    James Cristinian RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                    Texas Gulf coast Houston, freshly caught by me, fried speckled trout and red snapper, both skin on. Fried redfish and redfish on the half shell. Gulf shrimp and briny Texas bay oysters, wintertime only. Boiled crawfish and crawfish etoufee. Fresh fried okra and simmered okra, corn, and tomatoes with jalapenos, bell peppers, onion, and green onion. Carnitas with fresh flour tortillas and killer red and green sauce. Taco trucks and carnicerias, ostionerias everywhere.

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                                                                                                                      Jerseygirl111 RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                      NJ-tomatoes, corn, porkroll

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                                                                                                                        diablo RE: Jerseygirl111 Jul 13, 2014 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                        There's nothing like a Jersey tomato sandwich on white bread with mayo, s&p! And porkroll, egg and egg and cheese on a kaiser with spk. And the blueberries! They are awesome this year. I just had them in pancakes this morning.

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                                                                                                                          Jerseygirl111 RE: diablo Jul 14, 2014 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                          Yes blueberries! And cranberries!

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                                                                                                                          JTPhilly RE: Jerseygirl111 Jul 14, 2014 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                          I plan to live primarily on sweet corn and jersey tomatoes as long as the season allows!

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                                                                                                                          DBinNOLA RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                          New Orleans - roast beef po-boy's, muffaletta's, boiled crawfish and crabs, steen's cane syrup, zapp's potato chips, pecan pralines, red bean's and rice with smoked pork sausage, fresh shucked oysters, fresh caught speckled trout, french bread, grits, beignets and cafe au'lait, king cake . . . . .

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                                                                                                                            sunshine842 RE: DBinNOLA Jul 13, 2014 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                            yeah, but that's not fair -- even the napkins in NO taste good....

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                                                                                                                              Uncle Bob RE: DBinNOLA Jul 13, 2014 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                              My name is Uncle Bob, and I approve of this message too!!!

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                                                                                                                                EM23 RE: DBinNOLA Jul 14, 2014 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                jambalaya, bourbon bread pudding...

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                                                                                                                                venushakti RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                Hometown in Hudson Valley:
                                                                                                                                gas station sausage egg and cheese sandwiches on hard rolls
                                                                                                                                apples
                                                                                                                                maple syrup

                                                                                                                                Adopted New Orleans:
                                                                                                                                Everything! I've had a grand total of two bad meals since moving here in Aug 2000 :-)

                                                                                                                                1. juliejulez RE: emglow101 Jul 13, 2014 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                  Grew up in central CA, so, yeah, lots of stuff there. I too was spoiled until I moved away.

                                                                                                                                  Now, Denver area... what do we have... hmmm. Green chile? That's pretty good when done right.

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                                                                                                                                    Harters RE: emglow101 Jul 14, 2014 01:52 AM

                                                                                                                                    Whenever a version of this thread crops up (this isnt the first, by any means), I often wonder how many folk are posting about their local foods that are "famous" (as in the thread title) or are they posting just about their local food that they like.

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                                                                                                                                      sunshine842 RE: Harters Jul 14, 2014 05:01 AM

                                                                                                                                      you have the disadvantage of looking in from outside.

                                                                                                                                      From in here, most of these are pretty well-known coast to coast.

                                                                                                                                      (most folks here would ask the same of hot pot or Bakewell pudding)

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                                                                                                                                        Harters RE: sunshine842 Jul 14, 2014 05:24 AM

                                                                                                                                        In that case - WOW, so many famous foods. Foreigners can forget just how large America is.

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                                                                                                                                      4X4 RE: emglow101 Jul 14, 2014 04:37 AM

                                                                                                                                      Maryland crabs and Ledo pizza (the original Ledo restaurant, not the chain.)

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                                                                                                                                        kpaxonite RE: emglow101 Jul 14, 2014 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                        Poutine!

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                                                                                                                                          AngelaID RE: emglow101 Jul 14, 2014 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                          Idaho - Finger Steaks, Scones (what the rest of the country calls Indian Fry Bread) and huckleberries.

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                                                                                                                                            Jerseygirl111 RE: AngelaID Jul 14, 2014 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                            Finger steaks was a new one to me!

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                                                                                                                                              John E. RE: Jerseygirl111 Jul 14, 2014 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                              You aren't missing much. When I had finger steaks, they were full of bones and tendons without much meat. (I had to spit out the nails.)

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                                                                                                                                                grampart RE: Jerseygirl111 Jul 14, 2014 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                They look like fish sticks made out of beef.

                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                AngelaID RE: AngelaID Jul 15, 2014 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                I make them at home with cube steak. Serve with cocktail sauce or Bloomin' Onion dipping sauce. Never had one "full of bones and tendons without much meat". Ever.

                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                  John E. RE: AngelaID Jul 15, 2014 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I forgot to add this... ; )

                                                                                                                                                  It was a joke, or maybe a pun.

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                                                                                                                                                    sandylc RE: John E. Jul 15, 2014 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Ah-hh...fingers!!!

                                                                                                                                                    You're a dry one, John E.

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                                                                                                                                                    sandylc RE: AngelaID Jul 15, 2014 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Back when Friday's was the height of deliciousness to us (think late 70s, early 80s), they did a chicken-fried steak on a skewer with dipping gravy that we absolutely loved.

                                                                                                                                                    Similar, maybe?

                                                                                                                                                2. JTPhilly RE: emglow101 Jul 14, 2014 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Hometown NYC
                                                                                                                                                  Pizza - the traditional thin crust pizza as one would expect it served on Arthur Ave

                                                                                                                                                  Sandwiches X2
                                                                                                                                                  A proper Jewish Deli Reuben
                                                                                                                                                  The "Italian Wedge" or "Italian Compo" basically every Italian cold cut, provelone, lettuce, tomato, oil and vinegar on a crusty Italian bread - its all in the layering an the bread this is not a "hoagie"
                                                                                                                                                  Greek Diner Food
                                                                                                                                                  Knish

                                                                                                                                                  From Houston my 2nd adopted home
                                                                                                                                                  Beef Brisket BBQ
                                                                                                                                                  Tex Mex (especially when it incorporates beef brisket bbq)
                                                                                                                                                  Chicken and Waffles
                                                                                                                                                  Po Boys
                                                                                                                                                  Vietnamese Po Boys

                                                                                                                                                  From Philly my current adopted home
                                                                                                                                                  Jersey Tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                  Siverqueen Corn
                                                                                                                                                  Lancaster Dairy - sone really fantastic yoghurt and cheeses
                                                                                                                                                  Kielbasy
                                                                                                                                                  Cheesesteaks
                                                                                                                                                  Roast Pork Sandwiches
                                                                                                                                                  Buttercake
                                                                                                                                                  Rita's "Wooder" Ice

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                                                                                                                                                    gaffk RE: JTPhilly Jul 14, 2014 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Hey, you really are a Philly boy now--you know how that word spelled water is really meant to be pronounced ;)

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                                                                                                                                                      JTPhilly RE: gaffk Jul 14, 2014 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                      LOL the accent is thick here - street names in my hood took awhile to figure out.

                                                                                                                                                      this is a good writeup
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/opi...

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                                                                                                                                                        gaffk RE: JTPhilly Jul 14, 2014 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Interesting article (and pretty accurate). Although in my set it was always: "Djeet yet?" "No, djew."

                                                                                                                                                        Years ago I went to grad school in SE Ohio. I was in the English Department and one of the profs whose specialty was American English used me as research. He was astounded that I thought words like "merry," "Mary" and "marry" had distinctly different pronunciations.

                                                                                                                                                        When I ended up sick in the hospital I received more than one card advising me to drink plenty of "wooder."

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                                                                                                                                                          JTPhilly RE: gaffk Jul 14, 2014 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                          "He was astounded that I thought words like "merry," "Mary" and "marry" had distinctly different pronunciations"

                                                                                                                                                          that's funny. In college down south a zionist friend dropped her nickname "Merri" because a drawl could just not differentiate from "Mary" to her endless chagrin.

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                                                                                                                                                          CindyJ RE: JTPhilly Jul 14, 2014 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Philly -- where hewgies are served up wid atteetude.

                                                                                                                                                    2. chartreauxx RE: emglow101 Jul 14, 2014 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                      i'll weigh in for washington/seattle area!

                                                                                                                                                      cedar planked salmon
                                                                                                                                                      salmon chowder
                                                                                                                                                      walla-walla sweet onions
                                                                                                                                                      apples (mmmm opal apples...)
                                                                                                                                                      wild huckleberries
                                                                                                                                                      oysters
                                                                                                                                                      geoduck
                                                                                                                                                      dungeness crab
                                                                                                                                                      american style teriyaki plates (trash food but very, VERY seattle)
                                                                                                                                                      salmon candy

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                                                                                                                                                        alkapal RE: chartreauxx Jul 14, 2014 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                        tell me how one comes to pronounce geoduck like gooeyduck?

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                                                                                                                                                          chartreauxx RE: alkapal Jul 14, 2014 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                          you pronounce it "geoduck" once and the waiter laughs his ass off at you. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                            grampart RE: chartreauxx Jul 14, 2014 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                            and there goes a good portion of his tip. Laugh that off, asshole!

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                                                                                                                                                              chartreauxx RE: grampart Jul 14, 2014 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                              it wasn't mean spirited :-) i was about 9 at the time, and quite an earnest child - i'm guessing he just found it adorable.

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                                                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: alkapal Jul 16, 2014 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                            i should have asked WHY is geoduck pronounced gooey duck.

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                                                                                                                                                              jpc8015 RE: alkapal Jul 18, 2014 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Don't ask why. There is no reasonable explanation.

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                                                                                                                                                            jpc8015 RE: chartreauxx Jul 18, 2014 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                            All of those things.

                                                                                                                                                          4. biondanonima RE: emglow101 Jul 14, 2014 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Michigan - therefore ALL THINGS SOUR CHERRY!!!!!!!!! Also, I can get behind a pasty every now and again. And Vernors ginger ale.

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                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives RE: biondanonima Jul 14, 2014 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                              We have Vernors here in LA also....

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                                                                                                                                                                biondanonima RE: Dirtywextraolives Jul 14, 2014 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Vernors is becoming more and more widely available but it is definitely a Michigan product.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives RE: biondanonima Jul 14, 2014 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I had never had it before coming to LA, and never knew it was a Michigan soda, thanks.

                                                                                                                                                            2. PHREDDY RE: emglow101 Jul 14, 2014 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                              You know what else?...Square fried potato knishes, cut in half and slathered with some good deli mustard!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                P_penelope RE: emglow101 Jul 14, 2014 11:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Great topic and I've lived in a lot of places so I'll try to just pick one or two from each place...

                                                                                                                                                                New England:
                                                                                                                                                                fried clams, MUST INCLUDE BELLIES. Sorry for shouting but that cannot be stressed enough.

                                                                                                                                                                PNW:
                                                                                                                                                                Marionberries
                                                                                                                                                                salmon is pretty much a no-brainer here

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                                                                                                                                                                biscuits
                                                                                                                                                                cornbread

                                                                                                                                                                midwest
                                                                                                                                                                ...
                                                                                                                                                                ...
                                                                                                                                                                Nope, sorry. Oh wait! I had a really good burger there once.
                                                                                                                                                                Okay, okay, Free State Brewery in Lawrence, KS does a mighty fine porter.

                                                                                                                                                                California:
                                                                                                                                                                oh hell yeah to the avocados
                                                                                                                                                                also fish tacos FTW

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                                                                                                                                                                  Tabaka RE: emglow101 Jul 15, 2014 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Blue crab and Virginia ham.

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                                                                                                                                                                    James Cristinian RE: emglow101 Jul 15, 2014 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I just grilled a mess of fajitas bought at a Houston carniceria simply cooked with salt and pepper and a splash of lemon applied before grilling medium rare. These are beef of course, not the oxymoron chicken, shrimp, or shudder veggie.

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                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal RE: James Cristinian Jul 16, 2014 06:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      the best fajitas in my life were in houston -- at a catered party. the fajitas of my dreams! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/470522

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                                                                                                                                                                      AdamD RE: emglow101 Jul 16, 2014 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      CT home state:
                                                                                                                                                                      In addition to the fried clams, hot dogs and new haven style pizza, I find myself missing Greek style pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                      Like they serve at park lane pizza in west Hartford and at hope street pizza in Stamford. Really yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                        jacquelyncoffey RE: AdamD Jul 16, 2014 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm from West Hartford, Park Lane was a go-to, as was Pizza West and Jimmie's. I really miss Greek pizza

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                                                                                                                                                                          AdamD RE: jacquelyncoffey Jul 17, 2014 03:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I usually pick up a large pie and bring it home to westchester when I pass through Hartford-about 10 times a year. Same as it ever was!

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                                                                                                                                                                        MumbaiCentral RE: emglow101 Jul 16, 2014 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Ooh.

                                                                                                                                                                        From my home state, Goa: fish curries. I don't think anyplace else does it better in terms of balancing spice with the delicateness of the fish and not overwhelming it.

                                                                                                                                                                        From where I live now: Tamil Nadu: The mutton (goat) uppukari and chukka. Fatty delicious pieces of goat meat in a pepper/cumin/chilli based thick sauce, or a stir fry. I don't think any State in India does goat meat better than Tamil Nadu regional cuisine.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Jerseygirl111 RE: MumbaiCentral Jul 16, 2014 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Never had goat but it's on my list!

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                                                                                                                                                                          lsmutko RE: emglow101 Jul 16, 2014 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Since no one else from the Buffalo/WNY area has chimed in yet:

                                                                                                                                                                          Wings. Not "Buffalo," just wings. Not battered, with no other sauce than differing ratios of Frank's Red Hot and butter, and split into drummies and flats. MAYBE a shake of garlic powder. But not BBQ, not teriyaki or honey mustard or whatever else might be truly great. Just plain old wings.

                                                                                                                                                                          Beef on Weck. There are other beef sandwiches native to other regions, and I love a dripping po' boy or a Chicago Beef, but I'll put up a well-made beef on weck, with thinly sliced and moist rare to medium rare beef, a little bit of juice on a fresh kummelweck roll with fresh horseradish to garnish up against any of them.

                                                                                                                                                                          Ted's Hot Dogs. It's not just the Sahlen's dog, but it's how they freely and blatantly abuse it over an open flame.

                                                                                                                                                                          Less known, but worthy of a mention -- Friday night fish fry. Not just for Lent, all year 'round.

                                                                                                                                                                          These are the things I crave when I visit home.

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                                                                                                                                                                            tardigrade RE: lsmutko Jul 16, 2014 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Yay! Another actual ex-Buffalonian on this board!

                                                                                                                                                                            I disagree about the wings: I've never had any good ones there (they didn't become popular until after I left anyway). But I agree on the beef on weck (with plenty of horseradish!) and Ted's hot dogs. Fish fry is good in theory, but alas generally poor in execution.

                                                                                                                                                                            Now potato pancakes, if you can find one of the old-style German places still around, are worth the trip.

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                                                                                                                                                                            tardigrade RE: emglow101 Jul 16, 2014 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            The meal I look forward to all autumn: local Dungeness crab on locally-grown romaine lettuce, with fresh sourdough and a crisp California white wine.

                                                                                                                                                                            And Brussels sprouts fresh from the field, frost-tinged artichokes, and the strawberries that show up at the local farmers' market that were left on the plants too late to be shippable and so have an intense strawberry taste. And sand dabs.

                                                                                                                                                                            Despite the prices and crowding, there are pluses to living in the San Francisco area!

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                                                                                                                                                                              sunshine842 RE: tardigrade Jul 16, 2014 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              one of my favorite travel meals was sitting on Fisherman's Wharf with a whole crab, a cold Anchor Steam, and a loaf of sourdough, watching the boats pass on a warm autumn day

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                                                                                                                                                                                mcsheridan RE: tardigrade Jul 17, 2014 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Your autumn meal, served as Crab Louis, was my very first S.F. meal in 1977. I'll never forget it.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Sandwich_Sister RE: emglow101 Jul 17, 2014 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Florida - Gulf Shrimp, Key West Pink Shrimp, Cuban Sandwiches, Ropa Vieja, 100 percent USDA Organic Florida Orange Juice (Uncle Matts), Puerto Rican Pig roast, Gator Tail.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  jpc8015 RE: emglow101 Jul 17, 2014 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Alder smoked salmon from the PacNW.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Candy RE: emglow101 Jul 18, 2014 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    In Indiana Pork Tenderloin sandwiches are great and quite popular.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      jpc8015 RE: Candy Jul 18, 2014 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      You don't see them very often here in Oregon. But...there is a German restaurant in town that does a pork schnitzel sandwich that is a very good substitute. They put a curry mayo on theirs that is great. You probably wouldn't see that on a real tenderloin in the Midwest though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Candy RE: jpc8015 Jul 19, 2014 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm sure it is a take on schnitzel, there were/are a lot of German settlers in southern Indiana.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The "tenderloin" is actually a boneless pork chop pounded very flat. I do occasionally make a real tenderloin sandwich, but I think the tastier one is made from the chops.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          sunshine842 RE: Candy Jul 19, 2014 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          oh, there's no shortage of Germans or Swiss in Northern Indiana, either -- and plenty of breaded tenderloin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            jpc8015 RE: sunshine842 Jul 21, 2014 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            No shortage of Germans here:

                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.mtangelwurstfest.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                            jpc8015 RE: Candy Jul 21, 2014 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Where is the chop cut from? I typically see loin chops in the markets here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          DebinIndiana RE: Candy Jul 19, 2014 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Mmmm, pork tenderloin. One of the great Indiana foods, along with sweet corn and black raspberry pie.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I have always assumed the pork tenderloin was German-influenced. We had a flood of German settlers in the mid 1800s. Most all my relatives came to Indiana at that time, and settled farms.

                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.visithamiltoncounty.com/te...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Teague RE: DebinIndiana Jul 19, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Persimmon pudding is an Indiana dessert, it's awful good

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Candy RE: DebinIndiana Jul 20, 2014 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Don't forget about Sugar Cream Pie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            speakhandsforme RE: emglow101 Jul 19, 2014 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Probably just going to be a repeat of alkapal but here goes, northern FL Panhandle/SE Alabama/general southern US:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Banana pudding
                                                                                                                                                                                            Fried okra
                                                                                                                                                                                            Fresh raw oysters
                                                                                                                                                                                            Gulf shrimp and fish
                                                                                                                                                                                            Fried green tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                            Mullet (the fish)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Field peas with snaps
                                                                                                                                                                                            Hog meat with pinto beans (you know you're country when)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Blueberries and huckleberries straight off the bush
                                                                                                                                                                                            Georgia/Alabama peaches
                                                                                                                                                                                            Locally grown strawberries
                                                                                                                                                                                            Deer in any form
                                                                                                                                                                                            Chicken and dumplings
                                                                                                                                                                                            Mustard/turnip greens (not a huge collard person)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Non-sweet cornbread. Sweet stuff = abomination
                                                                                                                                                                                            Chocolate sheath cake

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                                                                                                                                                                                              sandylc RE: speakhandsforme Jul 19, 2014 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Chocolate "sheath" cake conjures up some strange images!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                speakhandsforme RE: sandylc Jul 19, 2014 08:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I always insisted as a child it should be called sheet cake, but was firmly corrected by my grandmother, who said it was definitely sheath cake... It's much fudgier and richer than what I'd think of as a sheet cake anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I googled it. I guess it comes from Texas. That explains it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  sandylc RE: speakhandsforme Jul 19, 2014 09:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, I googled it, too, and after correcting Mr. Google, who also wanted to say "sheet" cake, by golly!!! it's "sheath" cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've learned something new; I can go home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wait, I am home...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: speakhandsforme Jul 21, 2014 03:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    nah, it *is* sheet cake -- because it is made in a sheet pan. i have many community cookbooks to attest to that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    it is too sweet for my taste, but my sister's family loves it. hers is called Texas Sheet Cake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      sunshine842 RE: alkapal Jul 21, 2014 06:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I made a white Texas sheet cake (actually a lot of cakes) a few months ago as the base for shortcake for a thundering herd of hungry teenagers (50 of 'em!) -- it got *raves*

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  James Cristinian RE: speakhandsforme Jul 20, 2014 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chicken fried deer tenderloin, Houston.

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