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2012-06-21 11:40:18 AM  

crowbar032: BLASPHEMER!!!! There are no eggs or sugar in cornbread. And it must be baked in a cast iron skillet.


Yes to eggs. No to sugar. Yes to cast iron skillet.
 
2012-06-21 11:40:29 AM  

groppet: I do love me some rootbeer. Some of the best are those ones that are local and hard to find. But for a big brand I do like IBC. I do enjoy mixing rootbeer with rum. Even got some family and friends doing that now.


The best I found was called Natural Brew's Draft Root Beer. All the ingredients really are natural and can really taste the vanilla and the sarsaparilla. Not cheap, $5 per 4pack, and can only be found in natural food stores or sections at grocery stores. I was really surprised by the taste. Other natural pops suck horrible.
 
2012-06-21 11:40:45 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: Shenanigans!: Dead for Tax Reasons: Exxcept for root beer, those are foods most of america doesn't get

Yep. Scrapple? Really? I'd never even heard of this stuff till I saw the scrapple episode of Dirty Jobs. And no thanks.

Cornbread is pretty mainstream though. Goes great with chili.

Scrapple is popular in South Jersey. I'm from North Jersey and I hadn't heard of it until about 10 years ago, when I started working down there. It could explain why Philly fans are the way they are...


My friend who moved to New Hampshire for a job has scrapple shipped to him. And thanks to him the sub place near him has chicken cheesesteak on their menu (and it's a huge hit!).

I'm originally from North Carolina, so I don't like scrapple. Now grits and eggs w/bacon are an awesome breakfast!
 
2012-06-21 11:40:47 AM  

FizixJunkee: jayhawk88: Cornbread sucks. There, I said it.

/And don't even get me started on cornbread stuffing. It's not a food....it's a LIE

Thanksgiving at our place always had CORNBREAD stuffing (my great-grandmother's recipe). In fact, I always thought that was how it was made until college when I had Thanksgiving meals at other homes.

Did you know that there are people who put sausage in their stuffing? To me, that's a travesty.


Did you know that there are people who don't put sausage in their stuffing? To me, that's a travesty
 
2012-06-21 11:40:58 AM  

kidgenius: The one drink that American's don't get that I don't understand? Ginger beer. Super-hot ginger beer, like makes you cough after each sip.


There's this stuff

upload.wikimedia.org

...but I don't think it's distributed outside of the Carolinas. Get the kind with the purple cap if you can.

Like hot peppers sometimes do, this stuff somehow makes you feel good after you've drunk some.
 
2012-06-21 11:41:28 AM  

Iggymac: I am an Aussie living in Chile. There is this little shop here that stocks American products for the US Expat community here.

I grabbed a few bottles of Root Beer the other day. I have to say it wasn´t what I expected but I really liked it. It was kinda refreshing.

Your real beer sucks dogs balls though!


Those are fighting words in these parts, though I highly doubt you're drinking Founders or Stone so it may be forgivable...
 
2012-06-21 11:41:42 AM  
Bart: Hmm, looks like we're out of corn pone, fat back, hard tack, fat pone, corn tack.
Nelson: Any tack back?
Bart: Tack back!?
Nelson: I mean...back tack.
Bart: All out.
 
2012-06-21 11:42:29 AM  
1.Make a pot of chili to your liking. Onions, peppers, beans, sausage, tomatoes.... whatever.
2. Cook up some American bacon, nice and crispy
3. Break bacon into small pieces, add Bacon to cornmeal batter
4. Chop jalapenos, add to cornmeal batter
5. Coat as many Nathans famous Hot dogs as you can with the batter and fry
6. Remove two corn dogs from stick and put it in a shallow bowl
7. Cover the corn dogs generously with chili, sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, and scallions.
8. Enjoy

I prefer to wash it down with a nice American Craft Beer like Bell's or Founders, but you could have a root beer if it suited you.

USA! USA!
 
2012-06-21 11:42:54 AM  
Reading this made me think that if I cooked every food item on that list all at once it would be a fantastic meal. And I'm not even southern!

/Yankee
//fat!
 
2012-06-21 11:43:25 AM  

phaseolus: kidgenius: The one drink that American's don't get that I don't understand? Ginger beer. Super-hot ginger beer, like makes you cough after each sip.

There's this stuff

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x288]

...but I don't think it's distributed outside of the Carolinas. Get the kind with the purple cap if you can.

Like hot peppers sometimes do, this stuff somehow makes you feel good after you've drunk some.


I know literally nothing about you, but you're now on my favorites list.

/grew up near Blenheim
 
2012-06-21 11:43:38 AM  

Witchyman: I haven't made corn bread in ages. Once it cools off gonna have to make some now.


Don't heat up the whole kitchen, make it in a waffle iron
(topped with fried chicken and tabasco)
 
2012-06-21 11:44:34 AM  

JackieRabbit: Grits? In Italy, it is called polenta and they've been eating it for centuries. The only difference is that polenta tends to be ground a bit finer.


came for this, failure with the first one.
 
2012-06-21 11:44:51 AM  

Iggymac: I am an Aussie living in Chile. There is this little shop here that stocks American products for the US Expat community here.

I grabbed a few bottles of Root Beer the other day. I have to say it wasn´t what I expected but I really liked it. It was kinda refreshing.

Your real beer sucks dogs balls though!


You're getting the mass market shiat like Bud or Miller. The small local stuff found throughout the country is much better. And I am not a beer drinker, but I can drink stuff from places like John Harvard's, Berkshire Breweries and other local places that actually has flavor.
 
2012-06-21 11:45:01 AM  

DirkTheDaring: [img94.imageshack.us image 500x375]

On everything.


Not on everything but it is used as a general seasoning by me. My OK raised wife just does not understand what good seasoning is. Of course I would never use that on a good beef from a good OK raised cattle.

/miss having Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs.
 
2012-06-21 11:46:24 AM  
British Food Writer.
Famous Iranian Brewer.
Fundamentalist Intellectual and Philanthropist.
Classic Rap Artist
Mormon Business Ethics

/ Yeah, it's like that.
 
2012-06-21 11:46:35 AM  
Corn bread was a staple dinner item in my house growing up.
 
2012-06-21 11:47:03 AM  

cig-mkr: Pork Rinds, they forgot Pork Rinds !
A true delicacy from the south.


No it's not, from the south that is, it is tasty though.
 
2012-06-21 11:47:05 AM  

phaseolus: kidgenius: The one drink that American's don't get that I don't understand? Ginger beer. Super-hot ginger beer, like makes you cough after each sip.

There's this stuff

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x288]

...but I don't think it's distributed outside of the Carolinas. Get the kind with the purple cap if you can.

Like hot peppers sometimes do, this stuff somehow makes you feel good after you've drunk some.


YES! Blenheim is the bomb. The first time I drank it I had to cut it with Buffalo Trace to drink it. Now, make a moscow mule with it and just die from euphoria. The only thing that gets near it that I've tried is cock and bull. (Fiancé is from Charleston area, we're now living in Illinois).
 
2012-06-21 11:47:17 AM  
Hmm, what about Buffalo style chicken Wings?

They eat them across the pond? Down under?

/I know that chicken wings are eaten throughout the world, just curious about the hot sauced wings
 
2012-06-21 11:47:18 AM  
Some Americans still eat:

Golfer tortus

road kill

squirrels

Chef Boyardee ravioli
 
2012-06-21 11:47:23 AM  
The Scrapple Song by Robbie Fulks

The mom and pop diners 'round Allentown
Don't really have much that a fella can hold down
And the folks up 'round Philly and Bethlehem
Ain't gourmet types, really, or chefly men

Now, they're God-fearin' folks in that keystone state
But their food ain't fit for a collection plate.
There's things for all kinds of people to hate
But there's one that everybody loves


Chorus:

And they call it Scrapple! Scrapple!
Corned and steamed, and hogmeat dappled
Set by the window till it's cold and hard
Sliced up thick and fried in lard
Hey what's that swimmin' in the big red pan
That's kickin' up all this mania
It's scrapple, scrapple, the pride of Pennsylvania


Well, way down yonder by the Ford Corsair
Billy's got his hands in Betty Sue's hair
Shakin' and a-steamin' up the roadmaster
We can see him but we can't see her

Well Mama's in the kitchen and she might see
"Billy better let your sister be!"
But he jumps from the Buick to the dining room
When he gets a whiff of that pig perfume

Well they call it scrapple! Scrapple!
Hearty as a t-bone, slippery as a tadpole
Any old part of the hog will do
Neck, and the nipples, and the toenails too
Hey what's that swimmin' in the big red pan
That's kickin' up all this mania
It's scrapple! Scrapple!
The pride of Pennsylvania

Well up in the pen, 'neath the big shade tree
The laziest hog you ever did see
Stiff in the joints, and slow in the head
That fat boy'd be better off dead
So grab your hammer and away we'll fly
To splatter his brains all around the sty
Then we'll be living in a world of dreams
Chuggin' down scrapple till we bust our jeans

It's scrapple! Scrapple!
Didn't bring a plate then fork you a hatful
Workin' in the field till the sun goes down
Grandma's whipped up twenty-five pounds
Hey what's that swimmin' in the big red pan
That's kickin' up all this mania?
It's scrapple! Scrapple!
The pride of Pennsylvania

It's scrapple! Scrapple!
The pride of Pennsylvania!
 
2012-06-21 11:48:56 AM  

kidgenius: The one drink that American's don't get that I don't understand? Ginger beer. Super-hot ginger beer, like makes you cough after each sip.


Maybe it is that last part is why we don't get it. A kind of a local favorite is Vernors gingerale. Really good and when you are sick it settles the stomach right down. Now I am thinking about, I am going to have to pick some up today. Oddly a Vernors float is called a boston cooler invented in Detriot. It sounds perfect today.
 
2012-06-21 11:50:27 AM  

FizixJunkee: crowbar032: BLASPHEMER!!!! There are no eggs or sugar in cornbread. And it must be baked in a cast iron skillet.

Yes to eggs. No to sugar. Yes to cast iron skillet.


There is nothing worse that sweet cornbread. Except perhaps sweet tea.
 
2012-06-21 11:51:19 AM  

DirkTheDaring: Mateorocks: DirkTheDaring: [img94.imageshack.us image 500x375]

On everything.

I was thinking along those lines. I don't think I've ever bought a crab cake outside of the MD-DC-VA area.

Why would I?

When I was in San Diego, I saw a restaurant that was serving "Authentic" Chesapeake crab cakes. I took a look at one, and it was full of corn. CORN. It also had celery, and some other bullshiat filler, and there was no evidence of any backfin whatsoever. Oh, how I laughed.


By the same token, I'd imagine that San Diego has perfected the fish taco so it's not all bad.
 
Biv
2012-06-21 11:51:28 AM  

mekkab: JackieRabbit: Grits? In Italy, it is called polenta and they've been eating it for centuries. The only difference is that polenta tends to be ground a bit finer.

came for this, failure with the first one.


Not the same thing. Polenta is made with broth, Grits with milk.

Sounds like a small change, but the taste is totally different.
 
2012-06-21 11:51:32 AM  
If you make your cornbread with water, you probably are not allowed to operate heavy machinery.

If you make your cornbread with milk, you're on the right track.

If you make your cornbread with sour cream, let me know when dinner's ready.
 
2012-06-21 11:51:57 AM  

SirEattonHogg: Rapmaster2000 SmartestFunniest 2012-06-21 10:52:43 AM


Lame list is lame. My better list:

1. Mission burritos
2. General Tso's Chicken
3. Deep-dish pizza
4. California roll
5. Pulled pork


Much better list. Apart from root beer, you'll get a "you're not from around these parts" look if you ate any of that stuff in the FTA in the part of the US where I live. I never even heard of scrapple until a year or two ago.


No, I'd definitely take out the California roll and pulled pork and General Tso's chicken. All of these have international popularity.

My list:

Red Velvet cake/cupcakes (rest of the world is rather WTF on this concept)
Gumbo
Deep dish pizza
Succotash
Grits
Most of your sweet pies that aren't made from fruit (sweet potato, shoo fly, etc.)
Cheesesteak and indeed, almost everything that involves sh*tty American cheese
Frito pie
 
2012-06-21 11:52:22 AM  

halfof33: Did you know that there are people who don't put sausage in their stuffing? To me, that's a travesty



I know....bacon is so much better.
 
2012-06-21 11:53:11 AM  

Carn: Root beer + cornbread yes. Others, no.


Exactly.

Then again, I come from the land of poutine. Or, more specifically, lobster poutine...

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-21 11:54:02 AM  

Erix: rocinante721: What ever happened to RAMBLIN root beer?

Lotsa brewpubs in midwest made their own rootbeer for the kiddies. Not so much back here on the East Coast.

Really? A lot of breweries I've been to in the east make it. From recent trips: Victory, Ithaca, Otto's, Iron Hill, Appalachian Brewing... and I'm sure a bunch of others too.



I think Milwaukee's Sprecher Brewing has been selling more

www.sprecherbrewery.com

than beer for years, now.

I love root beer, and while I've found others I've liked just as much as Sprecher, I haven't found any that I like better. It's got a vanilla-centric flavor profile; it has that pure-vanilla-pop-rocks effect on the tongue you sometimes get from heavy doses of good natural vanilla.

Their cream soda's the best, too, but I prefer the more complex flavors you get from root beer.
 
2012-06-21 11:55:03 AM  

GungFu: I've had your corndogs.

Not surprised it hasn't conquered the world's palate.


Michelle Bachman-like typing detected.
 
2012-06-21 11:55:30 AM  

bobbette: My list:

Red Velvet cake/cupcakes (rest of the world is rather WTF on this concept)
Gumbo
Deep dish pizza
Succotash
Grits
Most of your sweet pies that aren't made from fruit (sweet potato, shoo fly, etc.)
Cheesesteak and indeed, almost everything that involves sh*tty American cheese
Frito pie


I'd add Hoppin John to that.
 
2012-06-21 11:55:32 AM  

TypoFlyspray: British Food Writer.


Are you stoned? Britain has some of the best food writers on this planet.

Read Fuchsia Dunlop, Claudia Roden and Heston Blumenthal sometime.
 
2012-06-21 11:57:01 AM  

Tentacle: No love for spruce beer?


Also embraced by Canadians.
 
Biv
2012-06-21 11:57:37 AM  

Eegah: FizixJunkee: crowbar032: BLASPHEMER!!!! There are no eggs or sugar in cornbread. And it must be baked in a cast iron skillet.

Yes to eggs. No to sugar. Yes to cast iron skillet.

There is nothing worse that sweet cornbread. Except perhaps sweet tea.


Hate sweet tea, love sweet cornbread.

And of course there is no sugar, you use honey.
 
2012-06-21 12:00:22 PM  

Jack Kerouac:
Speaking of southern food, I was at a breakfast place with my Arkansas born-and-raised father, and he suggested I try the biscuits and chocolate gravy. I passed.

/gross


I had chocolate gravy once. Yup, it was in Arkansas, too. As far as I could tell, it's just warmed up chocolate pudding.

\no wonder there are so many fatties in Arkansas...they eat dessert for breakfast!
 
2012-06-21 12:01:00 PM  
Because of this thread I just realized how long it has been since I had cornbread. Just popped some in the oven - can't wait!
 
2012-06-21 12:01:11 PM  
I regularly eat most of the 'American' foods mentioned. I love hominy. Wegmans carries it in the Latin Foods section around here WTF?


The one food I have never liked is boiled peanuts. there just nasty.
 
2012-06-21 12:01:44 PM  

Epicedion: bobbette: My list:

Red Velvet cake/cupcakes (rest of the world is rather WTF on this concept)
Gumbo
Deep dish pizza
Succotash
Grits
Most of your sweet pies that aren't made from fruit (sweet potato, shoo fly, etc.)
Cheesesteak and indeed, almost everything that involves sh*tty American cheese
Frito pie

I'd add Hoppin John to that.


Yeah, it's not popular internationally in itself, but beans + rice + pork is a standard Americas-wide dish so I wouldn't put it on the list. I'm also a non-American and I've made American-ish black eyed peas from a British recipe (I know, this was poor decision making) because they sounded delicious.
 
2012-06-21 12:03:47 PM  

FizixJunkee: jayhawk88: Cornbread sucks. There, I said it.

/And don't even get me started on cornbread stuffing. It's not a food....it's a LIE

Thanksgiving at our place always had CORNBREAD stuffing (my great-grandmother's recipe). In fact, I always thought that was how it was made until college when I had Thanksgiving meals at other homes.

Did you know that there are people who put sausage in their stuffing? To me, that's a travesty.


I knew a girl in college who used to put like carrots, extra celery, raisins, all kinds of crap in it. It's like, No, Stove Top has perfected it. We've solved this problem world, move on.
 
2012-06-21 12:04:05 PM  
When I was visiting family in Switzerland, I told them about root beer floats and root beer shakes. They did not believe that they existed until I showed them GISes of them.

Since they don't have root beer over there, I ended up making Coke floats and shakes instead. They really liked the shakes.
 
2012-06-21 12:04:53 PM  

MBooda: No self-respectin' southerner uses instant grits.
[i173.photobucket.com image 178x203]
/in Europe, corn is animal fodder


Well, that's good because humans are animals.

/In USA, European countries are economic fodder
 
2012-06-21 12:05:29 PM  
Favorite Terrible American foods the rest of the world doesn't get. want Yet

FTFY submitard


serious other than root beer (which BTW a lot of countries do have) everything else on that list sucks!
 
2012-06-21 12:06:21 PM  

Biv: mekkab: JackieRabbit: Grits? In Italy, it is called polenta and they've been eating it for centuries. The only difference is that polenta tends to be ground a bit finer.

came for this, failure with the first one.

Not the same thing. Polenta is made with broth, Grits with milk.

Sounds like a small change, but the taste is totally different.


As in pretty tasteless, or most of the flavor being salt.

/have NO idea of why grits are popular
 
2012-06-21 12:08:12 PM  

jayhawk88: FizixJunkee: jayhawk88: Cornbread sucks. There, I said it.

/And don't even get me started on cornbread stuffing. It's not a food....it's a LIE

Thanksgiving at our place always had CORNBREAD stuffing (my great-grandmother's recipe). In fact, I always thought that was how it was made until college when I had Thanksgiving meals at other homes.

Did you know that there are people who put sausage in their stuffing? To me, that's a travesty.

I knew a girl in college who used to put like carrots, extra celery, raisins, all kinds of crap in it. It's like, No, Stove Top has perfected it. We've solved this problem world, move on.


Carrots? No. But stuffing has to have celery and raisins and bacon. Otherwise it is not stuffing.
 
2012-06-21 12:09:00 PM  
I regularly bring white self-rising corn meal back across the border. I also have a local pork butcher mix up sausage with the spices that my mom mails from Kentucky. In the spring, I plant the white half-runner beans I save each year. Unfortunately, there are no stores in Montreal catering to the hillbilly immigrants, which apparently, consists of me.
Gravy and biscuits are what I bring to the neighbor's sugar shack and fried green tomatoes to every épluchette. They're both very popular and no-one has brought the same dish yet.

I'll take root beer over spruce beer any day.
 
2012-06-21 12:10:39 PM  
Oh - and I realize it is a regional thing - but Vernors needs to take over the ginger-ales of the world.

/I about threw up the first time I had a 'ginger-ale' that wasn't Vernors.
 
2012-06-21 12:10:58 PM  

Epicedion: phaseolus: kidgenius: The one drink that American's don't get that I don't understand? Ginger beer. Super-hot ginger beer, like makes you cough after each sip.

There's this stuff

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x288]

...but I don't think it's distributed outside of the Carolinas. Get the kind with the purple cap if you can.

Like hot peppers sometimes do, this stuff somehow makes you feel good after you've drunk some.

I know literally nothing about you, but you're now on my favorites list.

/grew up near Blenheim


Thanks! Once upon a time I traveled a lot for work (and might start doing that again if things work out the way I hope,) and I try to make a point of trying local stuff that I just can't get at home.

They used to send me to Bennettsville a couple times a year. There was a buffet place in town that's closed now that I used to love going to for lunch. I loved their fatback so much... it was more like chicharrón than any other fatback I've tried. You could almost break a tooth on it so I'd let it soak up the juices from the greens first. Mmmmmm...

They told me there was an even better buffet place out in the country somewhere but I never managed to find it.
 
2012-06-21 12:12:48 PM  
Fried hominy is an absolutely awesome dish that most people outside of the south have never heard of.

Anything cooked in bacon grease has to taste good.
 
2012-06-21 12:14:20 PM  

Epicedion: bobbette: My list:

Red Velvet cake/cupcakes (rest of the world is rather WTF on this concept)
.


As for the cupcake itself ...Meh. What really makes a red velvet cupcake is the *creamed cheese* frosting (peoiple who use buttercream should be shot).
Don't other countries have creamed cheese frosting?
 
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