Blogging Food and Recipes from the 50 States

Say what?

Yep! For the next year or so, I thought it would be fun to blog food and recipes from all 50 states. I initially planned to do this back in 2012 but I had other commitments that kept me from really delving into it, not to mention that I wanted to research more. Plus, let’s face it, there aren’t enough hours in the day to do this rapidly. However I was thinking about it and there are 52 weeks in a year, so how hard is it to pop one up a week? This is me, probably pretty hard, but that’s why I said the project is over the next year or so.

How did I research the foods and recipes of all 50 states?

It wasn’t easy. It probably isn’t even complete, yet. I have a whole notebook full of notes on each state. State ingredients, restaurant favorites across the state, etc. I have notes from my interviews with residents from all 50 states. I have also lived  or traveled to more than three quarters of our country, so I have some of my own ideas as well. I also used state cookbooks, websites and other locations to find out whatever I could to do this. It was not a simple project, mostly because I want it to be accurate.

I can’t believe you made _______ for the state of ________. It should have been _________.

Yes, I’m sure it should have been. In fact, I’d be grateful if you’d give me suggestions in the comments below. I don’t plan to only blog a single recipe from each state. This is primarily because most states are known for several different dishes, ingredients and cuisines. I’d like to include as many as I can. So if you can think of an ingredient, recipe or dish that you feel like represents your state, go ahead and throw it in the mix. This will be updated all through 2013, so hold tight.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Gum Drops

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Easy Apple Churros with Dulce De Leche

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Cajun Grilled Shrimp Po’ Boy

Skinny Baked Beignets 

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Eggnog Gooey Butter Cake (a twist on the traditional favorite)

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

(and because I think it counts and most of the other lists I’ve seen don’t…)

Washington D. C.