State/Regional Cooking

  1. The "Southern" thread got me thinking about all the traditional dishes from the south, but it's been my experience that even in the south traditional dishes vary from state-to-state.

    For instance, being raised in Kentucky, we had alot of traditional dishes centered around the Derby:

    Hot Browns - Brunch dish of toast covered with ham and turkey smothered in hollandaise sauce and melted cheddar cheese. Bacon slices and fresh tomatoes are toppings.

    Derby Pie - A chocolate chip and walnut pie. Good with vanilla ice cream.

    Burgoo- A stew made largely out of different kinds of meat.

    Mint Juleps - Bourbon and simple syrup with crushed mint leaves over ice. It's only bourbon if it was made in Kentucky!

    Other things I can think of that people down here in NC had never heard of are beer cheese and corn pudding, but they know all about sweet tea, barbeque, and Moravian sugar cakes.

    What kinds of dishes are traditional or popular in your neck of the woods? I'm especially curious about those of you who have unusual things or international traditions.
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Katnip
    Crabcakes. I don't like them. but they seem to be Maryland's state food.
  4. by   suzanne4
    Thai chilis go into almost every food here. Even if you buy an omelette on the street in the morning, there are chilis and then the chili sauce to pour over the top.

    Definitely not for me! But all of my students love the chilis. When you try food that they bring, I can't even taste the food just the chilis.
  5. by   BRANDY LPN
    Poke salet- mmmm making a mess as I type.
    Muscadine- makes good wine and jelly.
    Last edit by BRANDY LPN on Apr 13, '04
  6. by   manna
    I don't know about regional dishes exactly, but I live just down the road from the sweet potato capital of the US. My home state is known for catfish as well

    We have muscadines and scuppernines here too, Brandy. I think most of the dishes that would be Mississippi specific would probably work for the South as a whole. Like the fact that we always have to cook hog jowls, black eyed peas, and greens for New Years.
  7. by   BRANDY LPN
    What is a scuppernine? I don't think we have those.
  8. by   AmyLiz
    In this part of Ohio, we've got Cincinnati Style Chili (which I can't stand...tastes too sweet to me). Also we've got really thin crust pizzas too, which are woonderfuuul.
  9. by   Tweety
    I never heard of key lime pie or black beans and rice until I moved here to Florida.

    I grew up with a mom from Bavaria and a dad from Texas. So it was saurkraut one night and chili the next.

    Of course growing up in the south my German mom learned to fry chicken. LOL
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    Growing up in southern California, with a grandmother from Texas and the ever-present Latino influence, was a tasty experience..........we ate fried chicken, corn bread and chili, and we had tacos and enchiladas and churros. (I'm telling you, you haven't eaten real Mexican food until you've eaten some made by real Mexicans, and the same goes for Southern cooking by actual Southerners.) KFC and Taco Bell just don't cut it for me........if I'm gonna blow a bunch of calories and/or carbs, it has to be the good stuff!!
  11. by   Elenaster
    Quote from AmyLiz
    In this part of Ohio, we've got Cincinnati Style Chili (which I can't stand...tastes too sweet to me). Also we've got really thin crust pizzas too, which are woonderfuuul.
    Oh yeah, I remember that kind of chili. It has spaghetti noodles in it too, doesn't it?

    I also remember eating that pizza at King's Island as a kid. Eat pizza and then ride the Vortex.

    Brandy - what is poke salet and a scuppernine? Never heard of those before...
  12. by   BRANDY LPN
    poke salet is a plant/weed that you must boil several times ( it is poisonous otherwise) then scramble with bacon onions and egg.

    I have no idea what a scuppernine is, that was a different poster. but a muscadine is a small native grape, with a thick skin , and a slightly musky taste, and a very strong grapy taste mmmmm.