Thursday, October 23, 2008


We have a bit of a (hopefully mild) stomach bug in our house. So what better to blog about than food, right?

I saw this a few days ago on The Zimmer Zoo, and am grabbing it myself :) I've seen different, more adventurous versions of this, but I like this version because it doesn't have things like blood pudding on it. I'm not sure who started this version, but apparently it's the North American version, which makes sense to me living in North America!

Foods I've tried are bold. Comments are in parentheses.

1. New York pizza (Oh, delicious New York Pizza!!)

2. Hoppin' John (I looked up what this is, and I'm pretty sure I've had dishes quite similar while I was living down south, but I'd never heard it called Hoppin' John, so I'm leaving it un-bolded.)

3. New Mexico green chile (again, I'm not too sure what this is, though I have had green chile sauce...)

4. Homemade buttermilk biscuits

5. Tasso (Yum, I love me some Cajun food!)

6. Whole Maine lobster (Double yum! I've even had it in Maine!)

7. Calabash-style shrimp and hushpuppies (Despite living down south, I never actually was in that part of the Carolinas. I've had hushpuppies and fried shrimp, though!)

8. Kansas City barbecue ribs (Had BBQ ribs, highly doubt they were KC style!)

9. Hot glazed Krispy Kreme

10. San Diego fish tacos (Have had fish tacos, but never in San Diego. What's up with the location-specifics? And yes, Nancy, these are yummy!)

11. Cheese curds (You can find these at Trader Joe's now!)

12. Key lime pie (Yes, but YUCK!)

13. Philly cheese steak (I even had one in Philadelphia...when I wasn't eating red meat at the time. I made an exception for this :)

14. Memphis pork barbecue sandwich (Yes, again, I've had pork BBQ sandwiches, but never in Memphis!)

15. Lowcountry boil

16. Huckleberry pie

17. New England clam chowder (My grandma makes the best!)

18. Boiled peanuts (Ick. Ick. Double yuck!)

19. Buffalo (Bison) burger (Okay, tastes like beef to me)

20. Eggs Benedict (One of my favorite breakfasts. I have no idea how to make it, and no inclination to figure it out. It's one of those rare out-to-brunch meals. I had an awesome one with smoked salmon and a vodka cheese sauce once. Non-traditional, but so good!)

21. Pastrami on rye

22. Corned beef and cabbage

23. Pancakes with maple syrup

24. Everything bagel with cream cheese and tomato (during college, I think I had this for lunch every other day!)

25. Thin Mints

26. Frito pie (sounds awesome, but no)

27. Potato knish with mustard (okay, I would NEVER, NEVER mess up my potato knish with mustard.)

28. Silver Queen corn on the cob

29. Soft pretzel from a street cart

30. Fresh-picked blueberries (in fact, I still have some in my freezer from some of the times we picked this summer!)

31. Sourwood honey

32. State fair funnel cake

33. Chesapeake crab cakes

34. Candied yams

35. Oyster dressing

36. Snow cone or snowball (remember those Snoopy Sno-cone makers? Mmmm)

37. Wild Alaskan salmon

38. Sauteed morels (I wish. Unfortunately, I don't have 1 zillion dollars to spend on mushrooms)

39. Persimmon pudding

40. General Tso’s Chicken

41. Frozen custard

42. Italian sausage with peppers and onions on a hoagie bun

43. Chili dogs

44. Buffalo wings with blue cheese (Being from Buffalo, let me assure you these are just called CHICKEN wings. And eating them with Ranch dressing is an abomination.)

45. Spam musubi

46. Saltwater taffy

47. Fluffernutter sandwich on Wonder Bread (I've got my boys eathing Fluffer-Faux-Nutter sandwiches now...fluff and soybean butter!)

48. Black and white cookie

49. Frybread (I'm down with any fried bread. We had this for the first time out west while we were driving across the county. I've never seen it anywhere else!)

50. BLT with thick-cut applewood bacon (I agree with Nancy that it's better with regular bacon! And I actually like BASTs rather than BLTs...Bacon, Avocado, Spinach, and Tomato)

51. Baked beans

52. Pumpkin pie

53. Collards with vinegar and Tabasco (come on, I did live in Atlanta, after all!)

54. Tex-Mex fajitas with skirt steak and sauteed peppers (I'm actually not a big Tex-Mex fan. I'd much rather have Mex-Mex :)

55. Fried green tomatoes (I just made this a few weeks ago in fact!)

56. Succotash (Sufferin'! This reminds boys actually love lima beans. I should make this!)

57. Shrimp and grits (I keep wanting to like grits, but rarely do. Only with tons and tons of cheese...)

58. Hot water cornbread

59. Barbecue chicken pizza with red onions

60. Chicken fried steak (Ick!)

61. Carnitas burrito

62. Apple butter

63. Geoduck

64. Soft-serve ice cream cone dipped in chocolate shell

65. Pecan pie (Does anyone else now say this exactly like Harry in When Harry Met Sally?)

66. Catfish supper at a church or fire station (at a restaurant I have!)

67. Oysters Rockefeller

68. Homemade cranberry sauce (Yum! Actually have some frsh cranberries in my fridge just for this purpose!)

69. Pimento cheese

70. MoonPie washed down with R.C. Cola (Have had them both, but never together)

71. Pickled watermelon rind

72. Cracker Jacks at the ball game

73. Smithfield ham

74. Meatloaf and mashed potato blue plate special at diner

75. Chicken and waffles (Now THIS is a southern thing! Or at least that's the only place *I've* seen it!)

76. Po'Boy with many napkins

77. Green bean casserole with French’s fried onions

78. Stuffed sopaipillas (better just with honey drizzled on top)

79. Turducken

80. Shad roe on toast

81. Sweet potato casserole with or without marshmallows

82. Cioppino

83. New York cheesecake

84. Pan-fried river trout

85. Jambalaya

86. North Carolina pig pickin'

87. California rolls

88. Burgoo

89. Penuche fudge (never again. Not my favorite!)

90. Fried peanut butter and banana sandwich (Are you lonesome, tonight?)

91. Scrapple or livermush

92. Elk medallions in red wine reduction

93. Muscadine grapes

94. Cheeseburger at backyard barbecue

95. Open-face turkey sandwich (What else are Thanksgiving leftovers good for?)

96. Chicago deep dish pizza

97. Cobb salad

98. Peach pie a la mode

99. Macaroni and cheese

100. Root beer float

So, what about you? And, is there anything I've missed that I need to search out??


Anonymous said...

I'm only going to comment on the things you have not tried bc it's impressive you've eaten all that stuff.

Spam musubi = YUMMY!!!! I had some in Hawaii at a beach BBQ. Jon's college friend works at one of the telescopes, so we got to live like locals for two weeks. I tried it just to try it and it was so yummy I stuffed myself. It was the only time I've eaten spam.

Pickled watermelon rind = double yummy!!! I buy it at the NC farmer's market.

Turducken = so not worth the time. Jon's brother made a turducken one Thanksgiving and a regular turkey and everyone said the regular turkey was better. There are too many layers of meat and nothing gets cooked to exactly the right texture.

NC Pig Pickin' = I may be off the vegetarian wagon but it has always been extremely disturbing to me to see whole roasted animals.

PS. Comments are jacked on blogger today... this is LauraC writing this comment.

Nancy said...

DANG! You've had quite a lot.

I'm pretty sure I had a few more than I bolded, but it was either that whole "place" thing or a specific name...who the heck knows what kind of grapes I've had :P

And I TOTALLY thought of the snoopy sno-cone maker too :)

jules said...

how can you NOT love key lime pie? YUM! and i second the fact that watermelon rind pickles are double yummy! i am actually on a mission to make them some year (my great aunts used to make/can them; we had them at every holiday meal when i was growing up).

since you've got fresh cranberries i'm going to leave you with this recipe. i haven't tried it, but the person i got it from said it's fantastic (and makes a great ice cream topping).

1 cup cranberries
2 1/2 pounds firm, ripe pears (about 4)
1/2 rinsed lemon sliced thin (discard end)
1 cup sugar
2 Tab. cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves

sort cranberrries. rinse and drain. peel pears. cut in 1/2 and core. in a 2 or 2 1/2 quart dish combine cranberries, pears and lemon slices. in a 1/2 quart pan over medium-high heat stir sugar, vinegar, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and 1/2 cup water until mixture boils and sugar dissolves. pour over fruit. cover dish tightly with foil
bake at 350 degrees until pears are tender when pierced...45 minutes to 1 hour.

serve warm or at room temp.

Anonymous said...

Impressive list and cool post! Have you had poutine in Montreal? (Not American but still North American.) It is french fries with cheese curds and gravy. Totally gross but yummy at the same time! Also New York Coneys and salt potatoes - yum! Hoppin' John is good - we used to always make it for New Years since it is a traditional dish.

Ronnica said...

You've never had a frito pie. Make yourself one on a cold day! It really is just inverted chili (as in there's more fritos and they're under the cheese and chili rather than on top).