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What are the main foods in the country
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Kyle Edwards    Posted 06-06-2003 at 22:35:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i would like to know the main foods in the country.

Michele    Posted 06-11-2003 at 16:17:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
ice cream, brownies...of course, it was the same when we lived in the city. hee hee

screaminghollow    Posted 06-08-2003 at 01:12:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Traditional foods for the PA Dutch were meat and potatoes type stuff, nobody eats greens around here with the exception of a few oldtimers who make a hot salad out of young dandelion leaves or lettuce. It is a sweet and sour egg and bacon dressing. Very few folks around here eat rice or any kind of dried beans. Ham and bean soup here is chunks of ham. potatoes and green beans in a watery clear broth. They do make a concoction here called hamburger barbecue, which has nothing to do with barbecue. It is hamburger crumbles with mustard, ketchup, sugar and vinegar,made in a skillet on the stove and eaten like sloppy joes. One of the local delacasies is chicken corn soup. Chicken pot pie here is a thick stew with big noodles, sort of like chicken and dumplings elswhere. Traditional breakfast is scrapple or fried mush with apple butter. And, nothing will clog yer heart like "puddin", a dish made by grinding up pork rinds, kidneys,and livers and then boiling it until it is thick and will congeal when cold. Somefolks slice it and eat it in sandwiches, others fry it like scrapple and some just heat it in a bowl in the nuker and eat it like thick gravy. There's also lebanon bologna and ring bologna which are nothing like the crap Bologna sold by Oscar Meyer. Very few folks around here make biscuits. And no one around here would admit to eating grits, cornbread or hush puppies, although I love all three. Fish is only eaten fried.
But the younger generation just seems to eat whatever can be purchased at the convenience store or heated in a microwavable box. My daughter would eat pop tarts for every breakfast and pizza every evening. Although this morning she fried up some bacon.

Kelly    Posted 06-07-2003 at 14:34:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Southern Country Foods:

Potato salad
Baked beans
Chili and cornbread
hot dogs
like clod said anything BBQ
home grown tomatoes and cucumbers
tomato sandwiches
bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, home fries, sausage
blackeyed peas
lots of fresh vegetables and fruits in the summer, watermelons, etc
okra, etc
lots of stuff you grow yourself is good
cream corn, real, not canned
fried chicken
thats of the top of my head! :)
oh yeah, and onions go with everything, sliced, diced, you name it!

DW    Posted 06-07-2003 at 14:37:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dont forget the slaw!!

Kelly    Posted 06-07-2003 at 14:57:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My Mama would shoot me, I almost forgot, GRITS! And your only allowed to put butter, salt, and maybe pepper on it, NOT honey or jelly or anything like that! :)

Joshuatree    Posted 06-07-2003 at 14:26:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have breakfast, dinner (lunch meal) and supper for the evening meal. When we farmed with my grandparents, we ate hearty food that would stick with you out in the field. Breakfast was slabs of country ham fried crispy or bacon cut right there on the spot, a big pot of boiled grits with fresh butter, creamy scrambled fresh hen eggs and homemade biscuits with apple butter or homemade strawberry jam. Dinner was the big meal of the day, we would feed all the fieldhands plus the family. Fried chicken was the order of the day, thick beef stews with carrots, potatoes and onions all from the garden, and of course homemade biscuits to sop up the gravy. Supper would be chicken, beef roast with gravy, homemade mashed taters, two or three kinds of beans and field peas, pan fried cornpone, and usually some kind of greens, either collars, turnip or steamed cabbage with lots of pot likker for soppin. Desert would be a 6 layer homemade some kind of cake grandma had made, usually chocolate or coconut, or either a blackberry cobbler, apple or blueberry pie, or sweet potatoe pie. We ate what was in season and what we had at the time, but believe me, we ate good. Nowadays, if I ate like that, I'd be bigger'n a semi-truck. So its lots of salad, grain muffins, or the "other" white meat, LOL........Man, I sure miss my grandma.

Ron/PA    Posted 06-07-2003 at 12:02:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
We raise beef and pork cause we eat beef and pork, howsomever, we eat as much or more chicken than anything, Yep danged few lobster roasts around here but then again my family is from the old Pennsylvania dutch, and no doubt one of my uncles might have taken an ax handle to the first lobster he saw.
Lots of taters, and greens as well as corn an peas that we freeze.
Later, I'm gettin hungry,,,

Ludwig    Posted 06-07-2003 at 08:43:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can see big regional differences...
Where I'm from in Maine chicken is probably as prevelent
as beef with pork a distant third. Fawteen didn't mention
lamb though he grows it, it not very common, though a
favorite of mine.
We eat fewer beans and less rice, probably heavier on
potatoes as Maine is potato country.
More greens too, fiddleheads in spring, peas and beans
in the summer, cukes, squash and zucchini in the fall.
Thats for fresh greens, have frozen all summer. We
always have a veggie dish, but don't always have a
starch. Lately my wife and I don't always have meat
either, she keeps me on a tight leash on the fats
department, like Fawteen, except I'm quite a bit younger
so this is preventative maintenance.

Venison, rabbits, and partridge are common fall foods.
Hunting doesn't open up until October up here. No Mainer
would go out of his way to eat squirrel, if you'd even
seen our squirrels you'd understand, theres no point.
Likewise the only people I've ever known to eat
groundhog were southerners and we could never
understand why someone would bother to take all that
time to skin one and get the fat off. Moose meat is a
special treat since a max of 3000 are harvested each
year. Its amazing stuff if you can get it off of a young
Then theres fish, typical assortment of freshwater and
saltwater, plus clams, mussles, quohogs, oysters,
scallops, lobsters, crabs, etc. Crab up here will tend to
refer to Alaskan king crabs not the Maryland type.

williamf    Posted 06-07-2003 at 06:03:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was growing up the answer to "What's for supper?" was rice-and-gravy-and-beans-and-meat.
Supper was the evening meal, dinner was midday, lunch was what was served at school. Breakfast, dinner and supper were eaten at the dining room table, everyone who was home at the time (and old enough to use a fork) sat and ate together. It wouldn't have occured to us to do it any other way.

Fawteen    Posted 06-07-2003 at 04:53:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Country Food" eh? The classics like Chicken 'n Dumplings, Biscuits n' Gravy, Beans 'n Rice, etc etc. give rise to the notion that us country bumpkins eat different than anyone else.

'Taint so, for the most part. Regional differences, yes. Don't see a lot of crawfish etoufee around here, but then ya probably don't see a lot of lobster stew and clam chowder in Kansas either.

I eat almost no beef, what little I do eat is usually in spaghetti sauce. That has nothing to do with where I live, it's Doctor's orders. I eat a lot of fish, poultry, and lamb, some pork, rice and veggies, relatively little fried food for the same reason I don't eat much beef.

My wife is a world-class cook, and I know my way around a kitchen myself. Ya never know what will show up on the supper table.

Just an observation, not a judgment, but I guess my point is not to stereotype diet based on urban vs. rural lifestyle.

Jimbob    Posted 06-07-2003 at 01:04:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
We eat a lot of beef & chicken for meat & lots of vegitables. We live in dairy farm country, thus buy beef from the farmers. We raise chickens for meat & eggs. I added two goats for milk & pigs for pork this year. Kids also started raising rabbits for meat, not sure if I want to eat a rabbit though.

We have changed our property to be self sufficient except electricity. I may put up some electric windmills later, however our electric is about $80 a month & the investment vs interest on the money pays the electric bill. So, electricity would have to get more expensive. (This does not include phone or internet service nor gasoline purchases either).

Lenore    Posted 06-07-2003 at 06:41:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
JimBob, domestic raised rabbit is wonderful!!
It is not at all like wild rabbit, which is ok if you are hungry.

Sid    Posted 06-07-2003 at 00:08:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Beans and cornbread bean soup beans and fried taters Tomatoes, squash corn on the cob green beans, butter beans, ham and beans, fried ham fried chicken fried steaks hamburger tenderlion pork chops all kinds of produce and vegetables. Don't forget the milk and iced tea. A rabbit or squirrel on occasion maybe some fresh vension and fish

Ron,Ar    Posted 06-06-2003 at 23:41:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
breakfast-biscuits & gravy
lunch-some sort of sandwich
supper-potatoes, corn,beef or pork. prefer beef

DeadCarp    Posted 06-06-2003 at 23:02:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
The staple foods around here (central Mn) is meat & potatoes. If you want customers to come back to a cafe, meat & spuds gotta be plentiful & easy to find. Don't offer too much poultry, these kids like beef/pork. Main spices are probably salt, pepper & ketchup. :)

Clod    Posted 06-07-2003 at 09:32:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Vegetable soup made of real fresh vegetables with a bone with meat on it.Which nobody has put in a can on the store shelf.Stew ,rice and beans.All with cornbread.Bar B Que anything. Real hot tomales made by Mexicans.Cornbread and buttermilk.roasted corn on a cob.Chicken and dumplins.Catfish fried in cornmeal. BIG OLE STEAKS cooked on the pit.Bluebell icecream.Suntea.baked potatoes with cheeze ,sour crean and green onions.pancakes .bacon. Chili.

Ludwig    Posted 06-07-2003 at 13:45:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Only kind of Mexican food that can rival that made by
Mexicans is that made by Hippies. Think about it, people
who get vicious munchies KNOW something about food.
Being hippies they tend to be much more careful about
the ingredients too.
The last place I worked was near a Mexican place
owned by Mexicans, food was excellent. Went there at
least once a week.

Clod    Posted 06-07-2003 at 17:34:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ludwig..Notice we all left out watermelons and cantelopes??That is a main ingredient in summer food..

Clod    Posted 06-08-2003 at 10:08:08       [Reply]  [No Email]

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