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Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Wed, 13th May '09 11:26 AM


For my Birthday tomorrow we are going to attempt to prepare some traditional American dishes. (In theme with the trip in Fall) Because I won't be able to share the birthday meal with you, who wants to help prepare it with us? Can you help out by suggesting some things to include? (I could look it up but it is more fun this way)

Appertizers and Entrees?
Main meals?
Vegetable dishes?

This reminds me of the progressive sploofus dinner i wrote a quiz about a year or 2 ago. In Fall, we CAN do a few. Just let me know what ya plans are people.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 13th May '09 11:59 AM

Green Bean Casserole? Want the recipe?

Zeedee  (Level: 222.1 - Posts: 1088)
Wed, 13th May '09 12:07 PM

Corn on the cob

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Wed, 13th May '09 12:16 PM

Yes please Sheral. And a recipe for southern fried chicken, grits, anything else typically US that we can have to munch on. Entree dishes??

How do ya make that, Di?? LOL

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 13th May '09 1:15 PM

3cans (14.5 oz each) French-style green beans, drained
1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of mushroom soup
1 can (2.8 oz) French-fried onions
1 8oz bag shredded cheddar cheese

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In 1 1/2-quart casserole or glass baking dish, mix green beans, soup and milk.
2. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, topping with onions during last 5 minutes of baking, until bubbly.

I copied this from Betty Crocker, but changed it to my taste.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 13th May '09 1:27 PM

I want it noted that she did NOT learn to make that from me.

I use frozen beans and real mushrooms.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 13th May '09 1:28 PM

Ok Martha!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 13th May '09 1:42 PM

You're so sarcastic. You get that from your sister.

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 13th May '09 2:09 PM

New Orleans Shrimp Butter

½ lb(225g)
1/3 lb (150g) Butter (softened)

2T 4 t Ground Black Pepper

1T 2 t Gumbo Filé

¼ t 1/6 t Tobasco

½ t 1/3 t Salt

1 2/3 Garlic clove

¼ C 4 t Worcestershire Sauce

¼ C 4 t Lemon Juice

Combine all ingredients and mix with spoon.

Sauté larger shrimp (16/20 preferred) in this butter. Do not over cook shrimp. Serve with rice.

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Wed, 13th May '09 2:25 PM

Ummm ... LOL Our Maccas don't do french fried onions ... neither does Hungry Jacks (Burger King)

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 13th May '09 2:29 PM

Now you are being picky! You asked for recipes ....well there ya go! You don't have to use the onions, but I like them and it is usually part of the dish. They are just sprinkled on top.

Bigdavy  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 524)
Wed, 13th May '09 2:56 PM

Meat loaf?

Macaroni and cheese?

As American as APPLE PIE?

I usually know "foreign food" when I see it, but I have no idea which foods are classic American versus actually being favorites in many other lands as well....

- bigdavy

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 13th May '09 2:58 PM

I just made meatloaf the other was yummy too!

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 13th May '09 3:42 PM

American cuisine, guys.

Like Indian pudding - not easy to make, but yummy with ice cream.

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Wed, 13th May '09 4:10 PM

It is difficult to pinpoint food that is specifically American, as so much of our cuisine has been influenced by the many cultures that have emigrated here over the centuries. Also our cuisine varies depending on what region of the US you are from. Here are a few ideas (most of which are standard southern fare.)

Barbecued Pulled Pork sandwhiches or Barbecued Ribs (Typical sides would include coleslaw, baked beans, corn bread and fried okra)

Fried or blackened catfish with corn on the cob and mashed potatoes(homestyle mashed with the skins still on and smothered in white country gravy)

Alvandy  (Level: 225.5 - Posts: 7525)
Wed, 13th May '09 4:14 PM

Chicken corn soup would be a good ole PA Dutch starter.

I love it!

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 13th May '09 4:15 PM

Last Monday was my birthday and my menu was classic American;

Breakfast was Oat Bran & toast

Lunch- Ritz crackers & PB w/milk

Supper?,,,,Fried chicken and Pillsbury biscuits & gravy.

Traditional? I dunno. American? YES!

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 13th May '09 4:57 PM

Where's DeeDee (Summertime)? She's a foodie.

Doubt you'll find Gumbo Filé, an essential in New Orleans spicy recipes, in Australia. It's made from sassafras leaves. So here's something even more authentically American from Durgin Park restaurant in Faneuil Hall, Boston.

Indian Pudding Recipe

6 cups of milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup molasses
3 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 cup golden raisins (optional)
Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

1 Scald the milk and butter in a large double boiler. Or heat the milk and butter for 5 or 6 minutes on high heat in the microwave, until it is boiling, then transfer it to a pot on the stove. Keep hot on medium heat.

2 Preheat oven to 250°F.

3 In a separate bowl, mix cornmeal, flour, and salt; stir in molasses. Thin the mixture with about 1/2 cup of scalded milk, a few tablespoons at a time, then gradually add the mixture back to the large pot of scalded milk. Cook, stirring until thickened.

4 Temper the eggs by slowly adding a half cup of the hot milk cornmeal mixture to the beaten eggs, whisking constantly. Add the egg mixture back in with the hot milk cornmeal mixture, stir to combine. Stir in the sugar and spices, until smooth. At this point, if the mixture is clumpy, you can run it through a blender to smooth it out. Stir in the raisins (optional). Pour into a 2 1/2 quart shallow casserole dish. Bake for 2 hours at 250°F.

5 Allow the pudding to cool about an hour to be at its best. It should be reheated to warm temperature if it has been chilled. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Serves 8-10.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Wed, 13th May '09 5:04 PM

Here's a Dessert for you is one of my favorites ..and it is good Promise!
Chocolate Eclair Cake

1 box of graham crackers
1 box of vanilla pudding
31/2 cups of milk
1 ct. of cool whip

Line baking pan with crackers, mix milk with pudding mix,beat 21/2 mins.
fold in cool whip. Pour half of mixture on top of crackers,layer crackers
on top. Pour remaining pudding on crackers,layer last of crackers on top.


11/2 cups powder sugar
1/2 cup cocoa [sifted]
3 tablespoons of butter
2 teaspoons of corn syrup
2 teaspoons of vanilla pudding
1/3 cup milk

Mix all of the above, pour on top. let cool

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 13th May '09 5:08 PM

typical american these days?

breakfast: not, okay, coffee

lunch: big mac and fries, large diet coke

dinner: frozen dinner loaded with salt and calories

okay, not everyone, but many. It's why we're so darn fat!

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 13th May '09 5:43 PM

LOL! Sad but true.

Maurlin  (Level: 210.5 - Posts: 2658)
Wed, 13th May '09 6:38 PM

Goddess...your recipe for Green Bean Casserole is exactly the same as mine!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 13th May '09 7:29 PM

Mine isn't, because I also put french-fried onions in the mixture too, and more on top.

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Wed, 13th May '09 7:55 PM

LMAO Sandy. Yeah Rick, for a truly American menu, your best bet would probably be to set up a vending machine and let your guests fend for themselves, and then use all the coinage collected to buy yourself something awesome for your b-day

M48ortal  (Level: 248.0 - Posts: 3733)
Wed, 13th May '09 8:09 PM

Here's an apple cake (pie?) for dessert:
⅔ Cup oil 2 Eggs
1 ½ Cup Sugar 2 Tsp Cinnamon
1 ¾ Cup Flour 1 Tbsp Vanilla
3 Cups Chopped Apples (Granny Smith or other tart apple)
With a mixer, beat eggs and oil together until foamy.
Using a wooden spoon, stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour mixture into a greased and floured 9” by 13” baking pan. Bake at 325̊ for 45 minutes.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Wed, 13th May '09 8:14 PM

Send me an address via PM and I'll send you (and anyone else that wants them) boxed mixes for New Orleans jambalya, dirty rice, red beans and rice, or Cafe du Monde beignets (powered donuts...yum)

I vote for a new orleans dinner!!

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Wed, 13th May '09 9:21 PM

I am not being picky LOL I am joking about the french fried onions. We won't be able to buy them in lil old Tasmania let alone the rest of Oz, so I want to know how to make them, that's all. My sense of humor goes way over most of the US heads.

Looks like the menu for tonight will be something like ...

Chicken Soup (Gumbo??)
T-Bone Steaks
Green Bean Casserole
Sweet Potato with marshmallow
Macaroni Cheese
Corn on the cob
Mashed potato and Gravy

Indian Pudding
or Baked Alaska

Cookies and Coffee

Thanks for your help. Will be fun to do a REAL progressive dinner with some people when we know the exact dates. Get ready for it!

Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 13th May '09 11:55 PM

What a meal! I told Rick he doesn't have a clue as to the amount of prep time involved putting this meal together.
But since he asked for a contribution, I suggested that something cool and refreshing, and not heavy, would be a great addition. I offered the suggestion of an original American classic - Waldorf Salad. The original salad, created in New York City in 1893, did not include the walnuts until sometime later...but trust me, the addition of lightly toasted walnuts spells -
d-i-v-i-n-e !

If interested in watching calories, the suggested amount of mayonnaise can be reduced in half, substituting yogurt for the remaining fact, using only yogurt is another option to reduce the calories. My question to you is this....WHY!!!!
This recipe is pared down for two servings...but can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled...and on to infinity! Any leftovers behave quite nicely.

Waldorf Salad

1/2 cup slightly toasted, chopped walnuts
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup sliced red seedless grapes
1 cored and chopped apple (Leave peel on the fruit...I like either a Gala apple, but have used a combination of a crispy, green Granny Smith.

Now, here is the tough part I've already warned Rick about....add all of the above to the prepared mayonnaise (or yogurt) and the lemon juice. Refrigerate and enjoy!

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Thu, 14th May '09 12:59 AM

Hey - Happy Birthday, Rick!


Chyenn  (Level: 200.8 - Posts: 1332)
Thu, 14th May '09 11:22 AM

i'm a little late for your birthday but here's something for a special breakfast anytime.. My grandma gave me this recipe when i started cooking about 40 yrs ago.. Buttermilk biscuits with Chocolate Gravy.. she would make these for breakfast when i spent weekends with her. it's about as southern as you can get.


2 cups self-rising flour
1/4 cup lard
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk

Heat oven to 450°F

Lightly grease a 10 inch iron skillet.

Place flour in large bowl. Cut in lard with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add buttermilk; stir with fork until soft dough forms and mixture begins to pull away from sides of bowl.

Knead dough on lightly floured surface just until smooth. Pat out dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2-inch round cutter. Place biscuits with sides touching in prepared skillet.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with butter and Chocolate Gravy. (makes 12-14 biscuits)

6 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Melt butter over medium-low heat in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir in dry ingredients, making a smooth paste. Remove from heat and slowly pour 1 cup of milk into the pan and whisk well to remove lumps. Return pan to medium-low heat. Whisk in remaining milk, stirring constantly; cook until mixture is thickened, being careful not to scorch. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

M48ortal  (Level: 248.0 - Posts: 3733)
Thu, 14th May '09 11:32 AM

You threw me into a nasty flashback. A few years ago, I missed my Jeopardy audition by not knowing Waldorf Salad. Now that's one question I won't miss again.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 14th May '09 1:15 PM

Linda, that is the only way I will eat it. No cheese, it doesn't go on my plate.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 14th May '09 1:16 PM

I would guess you chop us the onions in rings and deep fry them to total crispness? Best guess. Good luck!

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Fri, 15th May '09 7:50 PM

I am SO sorry guys and glams. For some reason the camere didn't work so I haven't managed to get any photos of the dinner, but it went off with a bang

Miller Draft
Canadian Club Whiskey

Dyenamite hot chilli
Mac and cheese - home made with swiss, tasty and parmesan cheese
Steak and mashed potato
Home made Waldorf Salad
Baked Sweet potato and marshmallow
Sweet, juicy Corn on the cob

Miss Polly's Chocolate Eclair Cake

Coffee and cookies

Terry's Chocolate Orange (In case we go to UK too - otherwise it should have been peppermint patties)

Had such a great night. Did not eat until very late and did not sleep until the next midday. Very cool time. (I promise to not stay up all night when I visit US)

I just wish I was able to take some snaps of the end results. YUM!

Nanpaulhus  (Level: 137.6 - Posts: 338)
Fri, 15th May '09 8:19 PM

it's burger and fries, that's all american, but your menu looked great, dyenamite

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