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Post by Lil Reads » 12 Jul 2018, 00:20

I'm an American and I have to go with the crowd here - corn dogs, fried chicken, and jello.

For everyone who has a bad Jello salad experience, I really recommend not looking through American cookbooks from the 1950s. Victorian England may have started the weird Jello trend, but America in the 1950s sort of raised it to an art form. It really is more an art form than anything else. To be fair, savory Jello was available and some of the Jello salads with meat and savory Jello might have been less disgusting.

I think some regional dishes, such as Scrapple, grits, avocado, bacon wrapped anything, and similar are really American. I also think fusion cuisines should be considered American.
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Post by Eryn Bradshaw » 12 Jul 2018, 07:30

I'm American, but I live in Ireland. Anything sweet and salty is very American. When I told my husband about PB&J sandwiches, he looked at me like I was nuts. He said he genuinely believed it was a joke and there was no way people could like it. Also, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top was too sweet for his family (except his grandad who loves sweets) when I made it one year for Christmas. I remember a conversation with my mother-in-law who talked about how she went to Seattle and at breakfast, there was always something sweet on her plate for breakfast, even if it was a savory breakfast.

Pumpkin spice is a huge thing I miss in the fall. I practically begged my mom to send me anything pumpkin spice last fall because I missed it so much. Pumpkin pie is hard to get, but there's a man who owns a cafe in town and he serves pumpkin pie. His wife is American, so she makes American styled desserts for the cafe. Also pancakes are different out here. Not sure if it's like this in the rest of Europe, but the pancakes they have here are almost like crepes, but not quite. When I go to the store, I can buy specifically "American Pancakes" that are fluffy, but I tend to just make my own from scratch.

God, the list can go on and on. I just got a package from home today, and there was a box of Cheez-Its inside it. I'm going to happily devour those today.
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Post by juliamenez » 16 Jul 2018, 09:41

American nationality.

I love BBQ, boxed Mac and cheese, and dinner rolls! Really, anything that resembles Thanksgiving side dishes holds a special place in my stomach.

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Post by StarkidStarling » 16 Jul 2018, 09:47

Lil Reads wrote: ↑
12 Jul 2018, 00:20
I'm an American and I have to go with the crowd here - corn dogs, fried chicken, and jello.

For everyone who has a bad Jello salad experience, I really recommend not looking through American cookbooks from the 1950s. Victorian England may have started the weird Jello trend, but America in the 1950s sort of raised it to an art form. It really is more an art form than anything else. To be fair, savory Jello was available and some of the Jello salads with meat and savory Jello might have been less disgusting.

I think some regional dishes, such as Scrapple, grits, avocado, bacon wrapped anything, and similar are really American. I also think fusion cuisines should be considered American.
I really want to look through one of those cookbooks now! Poodle Skirts and Jello Salads...the 50s were a wild time!

What's Scrapple? I've never even heard of it.

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Post by Lil Reads » 17 Jul 2018, 22:42

StarkidStarling wrote: ↑
16 Jul 2018, 09:47
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
12 Jul 2018, 00:20
I'm an American and I have to go with the crowd here - corn dogs, fried chicken, and jello.

For everyone who has a bad Jello salad experience, I really recommend not looking through American cookbooks from the 1950s. Victorian England may have started the weird Jello trend, but America in the 1950s sort of raised it to an art form. It really is more an art form than anything else. To be fair, savory Jello was available and some of the Jello salads with meat and savory Jello might have been less disgusting.

I think some regional dishes, such as Scrapple, grits, avocado, bacon wrapped anything, and similar are really American. I also think fusion cuisines should be considered American.
I really want to look through one of those cookbooks now! Poodle Skirts and Jello Salads...the 50s were a wild time!

What's Scrapple? I've never even heard of it.
They really were wild times - rock music was becoming very popular, cars changed how people traveled, and more.

Scrapple is sort of a Pennsylvania Dutch/Mennonite/Amish dish that combines pork scraps with seasoning, breadcrumbs, and oats into a loaf. It is sort of a hybrid of Spam and meatloaf. While I have never had it, it is now more readily available commercially (I think it is even available in my local grocery stores and I'm nowhere near Pennsylvania). The Food Network and some other cooking websites have recipes for it too.
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Post by Lil Reads » 17 Jul 2018, 22:47

Eryn Bradshaw wrote: ↑
12 Jul 2018, 07:30
I'm American, but I live in Ireland. Anything sweet and salty is very American. When I told my husband about PB&J sandwiches, he looked at me like I was nuts. He said he genuinely believed it was a joke and there was no way people could like it. Also, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top was too sweet for his family (except his grandad who loves sweets) when I made it one year for Christmas. I remember a conversation with my mother-in-law who talked about how she went to Seattle and at breakfast, there was always something sweet on her plate for breakfast, even if it was a savory breakfast.

Pumpkin spice is a huge thing I miss in the fall. I practically begged my mom to send me anything pumpkin spice last fall because I missed it so much. Pumpkin pie is hard to get, but there's a man who owns a cafe in town and he serves pumpkin pie. His wife is American, so she makes American styled desserts for the cafe. Also pancakes are different out here. Not sure if it's like this in the rest of Europe, but the pancakes they have here are almost like crepes, but not quite. When I go to the store, I can buy specifically "American Pancakes" that are fluffy, but I tend to just make my own from scratch.

God, the list can go on and on. I just got a package from home today, and there was a box of Cheez-Its inside it. I'm going to happily devour those today.
Is PB big in the UK? I seem to remember when I was on a school trip to the UK that although there were plenty of ready made sandwiches, none had PB.

MMMmmm Pumpkin! Are you more fond of the products with more spice or more pumpkin flavor?
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Post by Eryn Bradshaw » 18 Jul 2018, 04:29

Lil Reads wrote: ↑
17 Jul 2018, 22:47
Eryn Bradshaw wrote: ↑
12 Jul 2018, 07:30
I'm American, but I live in Ireland. Anything sweet and salty is very American. When I told my husband about PB&J sandwiches, he looked at me like I was nuts. He said he genuinely believed it was a joke and there was no way people could like it. Also, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top was too sweet for his family (except his grandad who loves sweets) when I made it one year for Christmas. I remember a conversation with my mother-in-law who talked about how she went to Seattle and at breakfast, there was always something sweet on her plate for breakfast, even if it was a savory breakfast.

Pumpkin spice is a huge thing I miss in the fall. I practically begged my mom to send me anything pumpkin spice last fall because I missed it so much. Pumpkin pie is hard to get, but there's a man who owns a cafe in town and he serves pumpkin pie. His wife is American, so she makes American styled desserts for the cafe. Also pancakes are different out here. Not sure if it's like this in the rest of Europe, but the pancakes they have here are almost like crepes, but not quite. When I go to the store, I can buy specifically "American Pancakes" that are fluffy, but I tend to just make my own from scratch.

God, the list can go on and on. I just got a package from home today, and there was a box of Cheez-Its inside it. I'm going to happily devour those today.
Is PB big in the UK? I seem to remember when I was on a school trip to the UK that although there were plenty of ready made sandwiches, none had PB.

MMMmmm Pumpkin! Are you more fond of the products with more spice or more pumpkin flavor?
PB definitely isn't as big in the UK as it is in America, but my husband likes to have peanut butter sandwiches where he puts peanut butter on both sides of the bread. It's too much for me personally.

It's definitely the spice in pumpkin spice. I've made my own. But pumpkin pie is pretty satisfying as well. And pumpkin soup if I want something a little more savoury. I've had to replace it with butternut squash out here. It's not bad but not pumpkin.
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Post by Lil Reads » 18 Jul 2018, 15:16

Eryn Bradshaw wrote: ↑
18 Jul 2018, 04:29
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
17 Jul 2018, 22:47
Eryn Bradshaw wrote: ↑
12 Jul 2018, 07:30
I'm American, but I live in Ireland. Anything sweet and salty is very American. When I told my husband about PB&J sandwiches, he looked at me like I was nuts. He said he genuinely believed it was a joke and there was no way people could like it. Also, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top was too sweet for his family (except his grandad who loves sweets) when I made it one year for Christmas. I remember a conversation with my mother-in-law who talked about how she went to Seattle and at breakfast, there was always something sweet on her plate for breakfast, even if it was a savory breakfast.

Pumpkin spice is a huge thing I miss in the fall. I practically begged my mom to send me anything pumpkin spice last fall because I missed it so much. Pumpkin pie is hard to get, but there's a man who owns a cafe in town and he serves pumpkin pie. His wife is American, so she makes American styled desserts for the cafe. Also pancakes are different out here. Not sure if it's like this in the rest of Europe, but the pancakes they have here are almost like crepes, but not quite. When I go to the store, I can buy specifically "American Pancakes" that are fluffy, but I tend to just make my own from scratch.

God, the list can go on and on. I just got a package from home today, and there was a box of Cheez-Its inside it. I'm going to happily devour those today.
Is PB big in the UK? I seem to remember when I was on a school trip to the UK that although there were plenty of ready made sandwiches, none had PB.

MMMmmm Pumpkin! Are you more fond of the products with more spice or more pumpkin flavor?
PB definitely isn't as big in the UK as it is in America, but my husband likes to have peanut butter sandwiches where he puts peanut butter on both sides of the bread. It's too much for me personally.

It's definitely the spice in pumpkin spice. I've made my own. But pumpkin pie is pretty satisfying as well. And pumpkin soup if I want something a little more savoury. I've had to replace it with butternut squash out here. It's not bad but not pumpkin.
So it is really the combo of jam or jelly with the peanut butter that threw him for a loop? My PB&J sandwiches are actually like your husband's - I need PB on both pieces of bread since most jam or jelly is so sweet and runny.

I tend to favor the pumpkin side of the pumpkin spice, such as soup since it is hearty, but not as heavy as some winter soups. I guess since pumpkin is native to the US and not the UK, they tend to favor other squash.
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Post by Eryn Bradshaw » 18 Jul 2018, 16:00

Lil Reads wrote: ↑
18 Jul 2018, 15:16
Eryn Bradshaw wrote: ↑
18 Jul 2018, 04:29
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
17 Jul 2018, 22:47


Is PB big in the UK? I seem to remember when I was on a school trip to the UK that although there were plenty of ready made sandwiches, none had PB.

MMMmmm Pumpkin! Are you more fond of the products with more spice or more pumpkin flavor?
PB definitely isn't as big in the UK as it is in America, but my husband likes to have peanut butter sandwiches where he puts peanut butter on both sides of the bread. It's too much for me personally.

It's definitely the spice in pumpkin spice. I've made my own. But pumpkin pie is pretty satisfying as well. And pumpkin soup if I want something a little more savoury. I've had to replace it with butternut squash out here. It's not bad but not pumpkin.
So it is really the combo of jam or jelly with the peanut butter that threw him for a loop? My PB&J sandwiches are actually like your husband's - I need PB on both pieces of bread since most jam or jelly is so sweet and runny.

I tend to favor the pumpkin side of the pumpkin spice, such as soup since it is hearty, but not as heavy as some winter soups. I guess since pumpkin is native to the US and not the UK, they tend to favor other squash.
Mine is usually one-sided, but with only a smear of jam on the other. Enough to sweeten it. But yeah, jam goes on scones. Get a nice cream tea (scone, jam, and clotted cream). Or on toast.

Plenty of squash out here definitely. Thought I've struggled to find acorn or spaghetti squash out in Ireland. I'll have to check the UK supermarkets when I move back there. There's a lot more variety there than Ireland because of import cost.
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Post by Lil Reads » 18 Jul 2018, 17:59

Eryn Bradshaw wrote: ↑
18 Jul 2018, 16:00
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
18 Jul 2018, 15:16
Eryn Bradshaw wrote: ↑
18 Jul 2018, 04:29


PB definitely isn't as big in the UK as it is in America, but my husband likes to have peanut butter sandwiches where he puts peanut butter on both sides of the bread. It's too much for me personally.

It's definitely the spice in pumpkin spice. I've made my own. But pumpkin pie is pretty satisfying as well. And pumpkin soup if I want something a little more savoury. I've had to replace it with butternut squash out here. It's not bad but not pumpkin.
So it is really the combo of jam or jelly with the peanut butter that threw him for a loop? My PB&J sandwiches are actually like your husband's - I need PB on both pieces of bread since most jam or jelly is so sweet and runny.

I tend to favor the pumpkin side of the pumpkin spice, such as soup since it is hearty, but not as heavy as some winter soups. I guess since pumpkin is native to the US and not the UK, they tend to favor other squash.
Mine is usually one-sided, but with only a smear of jam on the other. Enough to sweeten it. But yeah, jam goes on scones. Get a nice cream tea (scone, jam, and clotted cream). Or on toast.

Plenty of squash out here definitely. Thought I've struggled to find acorn or spaghetti squash out in Ireland. I'll have to check the UK supermarkets when I move back there. There's a lot more variety there than Ireland because of import cost.
Exactly; just a dash of sweetness. Cream tea is awesome and I really need to make some clotted cream so I can have a cream tea at home.

So which types of squash is readily available in Ireland?
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Post by Eryn Bradshaw » 19 Jul 2018, 05:31

Lil Reads wrote: ↑
18 Jul 2018, 17:59
Eryn Bradshaw wrote: ↑
18 Jul 2018, 16:00
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
18 Jul 2018, 15:16


So it is really the combo of jam or jelly with the peanut butter that threw him for a loop? My PB&J sandwiches are actually like your husband's - I need PB on both pieces of bread since most jam or jelly is so sweet and runny.

I tend to favor the pumpkin side of the pumpkin spice, such as soup since it is hearty, but not as heavy as some winter soups. I guess since pumpkin is native to the US and not the UK, they tend to favor other squash.
Mine is usually one-sided, but with only a smear of jam on the other. Enough to sweeten it. But yeah, jam goes on scones. Get a nice cream tea (scone, jam, and clotted cream). Or on toast.

Plenty of squash out here definitely. Thought I've struggled to find acorn or spaghetti squash out in Ireland. I'll have to check the UK supermarkets when I move back there. There's a lot more variety there than Ireland because of import cost.
Exactly; just a dash of sweetness. Cream tea is awesome and I really need to make some clotted cream so I can have a cream tea at home.

So which types of squash is readily available in Ireland?
We really don't get much. We've got zucchini, butternut, and yellow squash. Compares to American supermarkets, it's sad. I had a hard time finding peaches at one point. But we get plenty of potatoes and beef. πŸ˜‚
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Post by Lil Reads » 19 Jul 2018, 20:44

Eryn Bradshaw wrote: ↑
19 Jul 2018, 05:31
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
18 Jul 2018, 17:59
Eryn Bradshaw wrote: ↑
18 Jul 2018, 16:00


Mine is usually one-sided, but with only a smear of jam on the other. Enough to sweeten it. But yeah, jam goes on scones. Get a nice cream tea (scone, jam, and clotted cream). Or on toast.

Plenty of squash out here definitely. Thought I've struggled to find acorn or spaghetti squash out in Ireland. I'll have to check the UK supermarkets when I move back there. There's a lot more variety there than Ireland because of import cost.
Exactly; just a dash of sweetness. Cream tea is awesome and I really need to make some clotted cream so I can have a cream tea at home.

So which types of squash is readily available in Ireland?
We really don't get much. We've got zucchini, butternut, and yellow squash. Compares to American supermarkets, it's sad. I had a hard time finding peaches at one point. But we get plenty of potatoes and beef. πŸ˜‚
I guess squash is really native to North America. :eusa-think: Now, peaches really throws me for a loop - they originated in China; I guess I assumed that the UK would have more access to fruit via European markets. I'm jealous about your access to blackcurrants though! :) Ha! Though I bet there is more variety than here.
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Post by Eryn Bradshaw » 20 Jul 2018, 05:22

Lil Reads wrote: ↑
19 Jul 2018, 20:44
Eryn Bradshaw wrote: ↑
19 Jul 2018, 05:31
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
18 Jul 2018, 17:59


Exactly; just a dash of sweetness. Cream tea is awesome and I really need to make some clotted cream so I can have a cream tea at home.

So which types of squash is readily available in Ireland?
We really don't get much. We've got zucchini, butternut, and yellow squash. Compares to American supermarkets, it's sad. I had a hard time finding peaches at one point. But we get plenty of potatoes and beef. πŸ˜‚
I guess squash is really native to North America. :eusa-think: Now, peaches really throws me for a loop - they originated in China; I guess I assumed that the UK would have more access to fruit via European markets. I'm jealous about your access to blackcurrants though! :) Ha! Though I bet there is more variety than here.
I'm sure the UK does. Ireland isn't part of the UK though. Northern Ireland is. Haven't checked things out there though. Black currants are lovely. And sloes as well. We made sloe gin and it's one of my favourites! I do miss huckleberries though.
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Post by Bukari » 20 Jul 2018, 14:16

Wow! I know the origin of most of the diets in America are made of corn, especially I think of corn-pizza. I am from Ghana, and we also enjoy diets made of corn.
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Post by Charlaigne » 20 Jul 2018, 19:46

Oh I forgot, buffalo wings! Probably my fave American food.

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