Menu: United States of America


In yesterday’s post, someone had a really great point: when it comes to American food, we mustn’t forget the Native Americans. Yesterday, I spoke of Thanksgiving and how the Native Americans taught us to celebrate the harvest and abundance. Today should be no different.

Apples are the perfect example of the Native American mindset, even if not an actual recipe of theirs. The apples are harvested from American crops. They haven’t been flown in from a continent away. As they are sliced and lovingly added to apple pie, they remind of us of the abundance right here, in our own land.

Even within our wide borders, we grow many varieties of fruits and vegetables. Let’s be sure  to celebrate that which grows right here, right now, whenever possible.

Both recipes and the meal review will be posted throughout the week.

BBQ Ribs [Recipe]

Baby back ribs, dry-rubbed with an assortment of spices like paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, oregano and more.  After three hours on the grill with hickory wood chips, the ribs develop a lovely crust and practically fall off the bone. The finishing touch? Fingerlickin’ BBQ sauce.

All-American Apple Pie [Recipe]
Warm apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and bright lemon juice, all wrapped up in a homemade crust. Just like my mom used to make.

P.S. I really wanted to include an American proverb, but I wasn’t sure what the best one to include was…

…any ideas or suggestions?


  1. If you think about it, Sasha, when one considers the basic original premise of the United States of America, your entire Global Table has been representative of the USA.

    This is a wonderful thing.

  2. aunty eileen says

    “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. A very popular American saying/proverb.

    Because America became a land of immigrants (U.S. is a very young country)… we are fortunate to have had the opportunity to try all kinds of recipes via our neighbors and restaurants and a huge array of cookbooks. Churches and organizations and even towns… had printed their own cookbooks with recipe contributions from their members/citizens and which recipes had the contributors name included with the recipe. Then these organizations would sell their cookbooks…. These type of American paperback spiral cookbooks are very collectible today.

  3. aunty eileen says

    sorry, there were even hardcover ones etc. But, they are highly collectible/wanted. Even the old ones that were printed when U.S. was a young country…. all kind of neat tips and ideas regarding cooking and canning/preserving and unusual recipe….

  4. aunty eileen says

    and: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal’ that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”… with responsibility.

  5. Rick Scott says

    On proverbs, check with Benjamin Franklin. He wrote a whole book of them, “Poor Richard’s Almanac.” I do like Eileen’s suggestion of “An apple a day.” It ties in with the food theme of the blog.

  6. Brian Schwartz says

    I think barbecue is a wonderful choice. First, I believe that the dish is a true American invention. Yes it may well have originated elsewhere, but as evolved today it is a product of the U.S.A. Also, there is great regional variation. It inspires a passion among aficionadoes rarely found elsewhere. And there’s a mystique: flame, sizzle and magic. Finally, it’s democratic, just like the U.S.A. A guy, a rural shack, and a pit probably makes better cue than the top chef at the most expensive big city restaurant. You might want to read this barbecue review, it captures a bit of the magic of the hunt for the best BBQ place.

    The only drawback is that most of the people in the Northeast don’t know barbecue exists. I didn’t. I thought it meant Dad grilling meat in the backyard. (And by the way, he was really good at it. And when he got to Tulsa, he loved the real barbecue.)

  7. “Variety is the spice of life”
    A immigrant country with thousands of ethnicities and mixed-cultures? Variety is definitely the spice of life in the US.

  8. Bridget Horne says

    I like the “apple a day” one too! Can’t believe I didn’t think of that one. The two I thought of are:
    “penny wise and pound foolish” and “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”. But I’m not sure these are American proverbs. For all I know they come from Shakespeare. But I remember my grandmothers saying these often, so they seem American to me.

    Also here is a fun link where flags are made out of the food associated with that country. You’ve probably already seen this, but I got a kick out of the American flag made out of hotdogs and mustard.

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