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Old 04-15-05, 06:32 AM   #26
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I'm surprised no one said corn and corn-based foods. That is actually uniquely "American" (if you correctly identify "American" as referring to both North and South America). Corn did not exist in Europe until explorers brought it back.

As for uniquely USA-based food, its kind of dissappointing to try to make a list, but that's okay. A lot of cultures are not particularly known for their good eats.

Anyways, I'm glad more Americans are opening up to other cuisines, though.


This makes me hungry. I think I'll go to the Pho place for lunch today.
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Bar-B-Que. NOT stuff you put on a grill. Real, slow cooked pulled pork and ribs with the regioanlly correct sauce. NOT some hamurgers and steaks yo seared over a flame for 3 minutes. BBQ takes all day to cook properly. NOT grilling.
I agree with Dan. For the most part, American cuisine reflects the myriad of cultures that have come together to form this 'nation' - and as a biased Southerner - I don't think there's anything more originally American than pork BBQ. Dan also mentions 'regionally correct sauce' - and he hit the nail on the head. Fist-fights have been started over arguments as to which sauce is 'correct' or 'best'.

In fact, if you browse any book store for texts on 'American' cuisine - I would guess that titles on Southern food is in the majority. Southern foodways and culture have an old and storied tradition, and there's not much else around that can match it in its originality.

H23 is also correct when mentioning corn-based foods, and the South still dominates. Ever had grits? Mmmm... grits.

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Cedar plank Salmon
Brown rice and veggies pilaf
roasted squash and garlic
Mixed baby greens salad with raspberry vinegarette dressing
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H23 is also correct when mentioning corn-based foods, and the South still dominates. Ever had grits? Mmmm... grits.
"Grits for breakfast" is how you can tell where the South really begins-- somewhere in southern Virginia, just North of Newport News.

But in parts of Italy, polenta is a historic staple-- basically stiff grits with tomato sauce (sometimes grilled), very good.
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"Grits for breakfast" is how you can tell where the South really begins-- somewhere in southern Virginia, just North of Newport News.

But in parts of Italy, polenta is a historic staple-- basically stiff grits with tomato sauce (sometimes grilled), very good.
I waited tables in a college town for years as an undergraduate. Many foriegn students (and yankees) had no idea what grits were, and I simply described it as soft polenta with no seasoning. They understood, but I still don't think they enjoyed it very much.
I think you have to be raised on grits to fully appreciate them.
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Apple butter and fried biscuits.

Scrapple, head cheese, souse.

PIzza, frankfurters. (Yeah, I know, but like Catsup these foreign inventions have been given a unique American twist).
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Cedar plank Salmon
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Yum. We're all coming by for dinner tomorrow night. What time should we be there?
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Catsup is asian in origin. I think indonesian or thai.
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American cuisine I would say is southern or cajun. We could hit some cookbooks from the early 1800s and see what they say.
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Apple butter and fried biscuits.

Scrapple, head cheese, souse.
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I think tomatoes originated here.
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I think tomatoes originated here.

Care to tell the Italians that
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From the americas:

Squash, (sweet and not) potatoes, corn, tomatoes, chili, peanuts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon!!

There's more, I bet....
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American cuisine is more than meat and potatoes...Comes to mind...Sweet potato pie..Meatloaf, Pot roast..Thanksgiving Dinner...A favorite..Corn chowder with potatos...Go to the colonial states of the East..Our cuisine traditions run deep and often unappreciated...You have foreign guests...Don't feed them 'rice and beans,' the last night of their stay as we have.
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I'm surprised no one said corn and corn-based foods. That is actually uniquely "American" (if you correctly identify "American" as referring to both North and South America). Corn did not exist in Europe until explorers brought it back.

As for uniquely USA-based food, its kind of dissappointing to try to make a list, but that's okay. A lot of cultures are not particularly known for their good eats.

Anyways, I'm glad more Americans are opening up to other cuisines, though.


This makes me hungry. I think I'll go to the Pho place for lunch today.
I was actually watching the food network and they said the same of potatoes. Discovered here and brought back to europe where the french quickly made the first french fry
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Catsup is asian in origin. I think indonesian or thai.
Might explain why it seems so similar (yet very mild) compared to sri ratcha....
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I was actually watching the food network and they said the same of potatoes. Discovered here and brought back to europe where the french quickly made the first french fry

It was my understanding that 'French' Fries originated in Belgium, and Belgian Waffles originated in... you got it...France.
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I think tomatoes originated here.
That's correct. As a nightshade, they were considered poisonous for a long time.
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Salmon cooked on a cedar plank originated with the NW indians.
Don't forget McDonald's (if you consider it food).
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Perhaps a Canadian perspective would shed some insight:

Biscuits 'n' gravy (notice; not biscuits AND gravy): Love them, can't find them in Canada.

Commercial American Beer: Eeurgh, though some of your micro-brews are very nice.

All that fast food crap we BLAME on Americans, but it's a global phenomenon now. Oh, what the heck, supersize it.

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<snip> Biscuits 'n' gravy <snip>
Ahh, the breakfast of champions at the heart attack hotel.
I love 'em... but I feel so guilty... they are soooo bad for you...
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