Thursday, September 27, 2012

East Coast Food Tour Part 2

We're now just one week out from the end of our food trip through all 50 states. Have you had fun perusing the recipes I dug up for each state? Hopefully, I managed to entertain you and teach you a little something about each state and all the delicious foods unique to each.

I have enjoyed researching the diverse foods, recipes and ethnic trends each state offers up to natives and visitors alike. I hope you are inspired to go on a real food trip of your own soon and visit a state with something delicious!

Pennsylvania - Best known for it's Philly cheese steaks, Pennsylvania also boasts some popular Dutch recipes too. Since I didn't have a recipe for cheese steak, I opted to share our Corned Beef.
Corned Beef and Cabbage

Connecticut - I never expected to learn that Connecticut is best known for it's hamburgers. Here's our recipe for a Bacon Melt, which I think would be excellent with a beef patty tucked underneath all that ham!
Bacon Melt

Rhode Island - I am not exactly sure what Coffee Milk is, but that's what Rhode Island claims fame for. I'm guessing it's essentially half coffee and half milk. Here's our homemade Cappuccino Mix.
Cappuccino Mix

Massachusetts - Last this week but not least, Massachusetts revels in its Clam Chowder popularity. We've got clam chowder recipes on the site, but no pictures. Here's our Ham & Bean Soup to tempt you over!
Ham & Bean Soup

Enjoy these recipes and stay tuned for next week's final visit to Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine! Bet you can't guess what they are famous for?! Connect with us on Facebook to share your favorite state food, or visit Alicia's Recipes for more great recipe ideas!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

East Coast Food Tour Part 1

Welcome to the East Coast and East Coast eating! We've made our way across the country, with a brief stop in every state to access the famous foods and dishes as we go along...and it's been such fun. I hope you are enjoying our state by state food tour as much as I have enjoyed compiling and writing about it.

This week takes a little further up the East Coast through West Virginia to New York, and talk about diversity. I learned about strange foods like ramps and blue crabs, and learned that Pizza really is the most famous food out of New York. Enjoy!

West Virginia gets our tour started this week with...Ramps! From everything I found, ramps are similar to leeks or related to the onion family, depending on who you talk to. Since I didn't have access to a ramps recipe I included our Egg Drop Soup, to get you "ramped."
Egg Drop Soup

Maryland they like seafood, and more specifically they like it blue, as in Blue Crabs. Again, no blue crab recipe in the archives but I did find a nice Southwest Tuna Salad to wet your appetite for all things seafood.
Southwest Tuna Salad

In Delaware it's back to seafood stuff, especially the Crab Puff! (Unintentional rhyming, I promise.) Crab Puff recipes must be a well guarded secret with no picture found. So, I settled for Lemon Oregano Chicken.
Lemon Oregano Chicken

New Jersey, if you can believe it, is famous for their Italian Sub. I'm not really surprised. But I thought I would add a little twist and feature our Lasagna Bread recipe to change things up!
Lasagna Bread

New York is the Pizza capitol of the world, well according to them, and I have no problem with that self title. Again, I want to spice things up a little and found this Pizza Mexicana recipe that looks delicious.
Pizza Mexicana

Enjoy this week's state food tour. We may only have one or two more weeks left to travel up the Eastern sea board and explore the food. Connect with us on Facebook to share your favorite East Coast recipe, or visit Alicia's Recipes for more great ideas for food fixin'.!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Southern Comfort Foods

We are in the home stretch of our tour across the US, visiting each state to find out what foods they are most famous for. We've been from the Northwest and Southwest states all the way to the Gulf coast. As we travel up the Eastern sea board state by lovely state, we'll take a brief stop in each one to enjoy the food!

Wouldn't you know it? Kentucky is famous for its fried chicken, so I dug up the best and most simple recipe I could find just in case you want to enjoy some soon!
Real Simple Fried Chicken

Tennessee was a a little bit of a surprise with it's love of tomatoes but I thought you might enjoy something a little different featuring this funny fruit.
Tomato Soup Salad

In North Carolina they enjoy something called "dry barbecue." I'm not entirely sure if that's a type of preparation or cooking process, or if it refers to the ingredients. Either way, I figured our short ribs would get you in the mood for barbecue!
Baked BBQ Beef Short Ribs

In South Carolina, their favorite famous food is something called Benne Wafers (a crispy Sesame Seed Cookie). These breakfast cookies were the closest recipe I had on hand and I think they'll do the trick.
Breakfast Cookies

Last but not least, let's venture into Virginia and enjoy some ham, because those Virginians certainly do. I added our Honey & Brown Sugar Ham recipe to "ham up" your weekend menu.
Honey & Brown Sugar Ham

I hope you enjoyed this week's state by state food exploration. Connect with us on Facebook and share your favorite state and it's food or visit Alicia's Recipes to find more food ideas you will love!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Great Lakes And Great Food!

Ready for another food trip across the United States? This week we are visiting the Great Lakes region and the states next door to it. First stop: Cheese Country!

Wisconsin: known for it's cheeses and love of cheese...Embrace your inner cheese freak and try our Cheesy Ham and Potato Bake.
Cheesy Ham and Potato Bake

Michigan was a bit of a surprise. I had no idea they were so fond of pasties and pastries. Having no pastie recipes on hand, I settled for sharing our homemade Sugar Glazed Doughnut recipe.
Homemade Sugar Glazed Doughnuts

Illinois must be a super fun state to visit. A state whose favorite food is Chicago Style Pizza truly is one of the most food fun places in the US. Here's our Calzones recipe to try, (hey - it's in the pizza family).

Indiana is a bit of a mystery to me. They favorite food is popcorn. Although, there are several ways to dress up blase popcorn into a tasty masterpiece. Give our Caramel Popcorn recipe a try.
Caramel Popcorn

I had know idea Ohio was so enamored of Cincinnati Chili. Each to his own right? Try our chili recipe and find out what all the chili love is about.
Chili 2

I hope your enjoying this food journey across all 50 states. We've got a few more states to visit over the next couple of weeks. Connect with us on Facebook to share your favorite state food or favorite recipe, or visit Alicia's Recipes for more inspiring free recipes to try.

Looking for our other weekly food trips across the US? Check them out here:
Northwest Regional Favorites
Pacific & Southwest Regional Foods
East of the Rockies
Midwest Favorites Part 1
Midwest Favorites Part 2
Gulf Coast Guilty Pleasures

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