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So what regional food specialties are you particularly fond of? Or that you think is fairly disgusting but everyone around you loves?<br><br>
I grew up in WI and I remember every summer going to church picnics and having <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booyah_%28stew%29" target="_blank">booyah</a>. Yes, before Stuart Scott turned it into an exclamation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It is so yummy and I really miss it. It's basically a chicken soup with lots and lots of veggies but the key to it is it has to be cooked slowly in a cast iron kettle over a wood fire. I'm really hoping my parents make booyah for my brother's graduation party next month. I know the link I gave talks about using different meats in it but I've only ever had it with chicken.<br><br>
Another one is brats and sauerkraut or sauteed onions. In order to be authentic the brats need to be boiled in beer and then finished on the grill. I'm not a very good part German Wisconsinite in that I hate beer and I hate sauerkraut so I generally only eat brats we make at home since DH doesn't boil mine in beer.<br><br>
Since I've moved to CA quite a while ago I'll include some of my fav dishes as well. The first is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cioppino" target="_blank">ciopinno</a>. It's a tomato based fish and seafood stew. Super yummy and super messy. But so worth it!<br><br>
Another one is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri-tip" target="_blank">tri-tip</a>. It's a certain cut of meat and is best when grilled and sliced thin.<br><br>
And then there's spiny lobster. It tastes pretty much like regular lobster but it doesn't have claws, just spines.
 

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Well, I'm in Canada and we have <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poutine" target="_blank">Poutine.</a> French fries, with cheese curds and gravy. I know there are places in the US and outside of Quebec that use cheese instead of cheese curds, and that is just wrong IMO and not real poutine. I don't love it, but it's ok. A lot of people think it's disgusting though.
 

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WV has pepperoni rolls. Bread dough stuffed with pepperoni and then baked. I know a lot of people who move out of state complain that they can't find them there, so I am assuming it just a WV thing. They are really good, too! Too good! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">
 

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I live in Iowa now, but lived 30 minutes from Chicago for 22 years. Chicago style hot dogs and pizza make me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">. They're amazing!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">WV has pepperoni rolls. Bread dough stuffed with pepperoni and then baked. I know a lot of people who move out of state complain that they can't find them there, so I am assuming it just a WV thing. They are really good, too! Too good! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat"></div>
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I was going to say pepperoni balls for NW PA! But they are usually deep-fried there. Another PA thing is <a href="http://www.spongecandy.com/faqs-policies/sponge-candy-in-general/#not-unique-to-buffalo" target="_blank">sponge candy</a>, even though this link says it's from NY. I guess that's close enough.
 

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fried conch <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross">
 

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Fry bread and Navajo Tacos are about the only things I can come up with. Fry bread is like a sopapilla but not puffed, more like well, fried bread. A Navajo taco would be the fry bread covered in meat, cheese, lettuce.... I'm near the New Mexico border.
 

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Love gumbo, red beans and rice, redfish, étouffée<br>
Not big on grits, and shrimp is hugely popular but it's not my favorite thing. Boudin, is a kind of sausage, very popular. Love the taste but struggle with the texture, because I'm not fond of mushy food. I love Chicago dogs and Chicago pizza, don't like NY pizza but love California pizza.
 

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mmmhh we make what's essentially navajo taco's at home, and love them. make our own fry bread, top with stewed chicken, fresh veggies, avocado with lime juice, and kraut.<br><br>
I can't really think of any specialties here. sourdough bread I guess, and of course it's yummy. We have food from all over, but there's no real dominent food, culture, or heritage here, many many of them, so you get some of anything, but no regional specialty.
 

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I moved to Ohio a few years ago, and one of the things I thought was weird, and still do, is fast food chains that specialize in serving chili. The two popular chains are Gold Star and Skyline. I've tried them both, and think the chili is very bland, I much prefer homemade chili.<br><br>
One dish that my ex-boyfriend liked to cook, that I've never heard of is chili mac. Basically you cook some macaroni and cheese, then add a can of chili and ketchup or barbeque sauce to it.<br><br>
I've also seen it served in restaurants, except they use spaghetti noodles, chili, chili beef, sauce, cheese and onions.
 

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NY pizza and Cheesecake. Sorry, but we have the best of both. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Oh, and a dirty water dog with saurkraut and ketchup.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">WV has pepperoni rolls. Bread dough stuffed with pepperoni and then baked. I know a lot of people who move out of state complain that they can't find them there, so I am assuming it just a WV thing.</div>
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Most larger pizza stores in NY have these. Well, on long island and the city, anyways.<br><br><br>
I'd really like to try poutine. Sounds Mmmmmm<br><br><br>
.....great, now you made the pregnant chick drool
 

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I'm from the deep south. And when I'm pregnant (like now), I very much crave the grandma food of my youth.<br><br>
Fried chicken, fried okra, fried corn (this one isn't fried at all, just creamed corn with bacon), fried catfish, barbecue and brunswick stew, greens of all sorts, non-sweet cornbread, really sweet tea, Italian cream cake, banana pudding, all sorts of desserts made with jello and coolwhip, macaroni and cheese, and pretty much anything Paula Deen makes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
In the summer, we eat lots of tomato sandwiches (tomato, bread, Duke's mayo, salt and pepper). Lots of cucumbers in vinegar. And lots of turnip greens.<br><br>
For fancy lady lunches, we have chicken salad, pimento cheese, and deviled eggs. With lots of that sweet tea. Yum.<br><br>
I'm not from New Orleans, but I also love that food--po boys, etouffee, jambalaya, gumbo, etc. So good. And the food of the Carolina low country--shrimp and grits, frogmore stew, gumbo with tomatoes added in, savannah red rice, and hoppin john.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Fry bread and Navajo Tacos are about the only things I can come up with. Fry bread is like a sopapilla but not puffed, more like well, fried bread. A Navajo taco would be the fry bread covered in meat, cheese, lettuce.... I'm near the New Mexico border.</div>
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I grew up in Arizona near the NM border and now live in Iowa. I miss fry bread like crazy! I also miss big puffy sopapillas at Mexican restaurants. Oh, and the choice between red and green.<br><br>
I think my favorite Iowa specialty is the pork tenderloin. Flattened, breaded deep fried pork served on a bun that's far too small.
 

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The Detroit area of Michigan is known for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coney_Island_%28restaurant%29" target="_blank">coney island restaurants</a> (named after the chili dogs served). It is also home to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernors" target="_blank">Vernors</a>, one of two oldest surviving soda drinks.<br><br>
The Upper Pennisula of Michigan has the <a href="http://kenanderson.net/pasties/michigan.html" target="_blank">pasty</a> - of which I have never tried.
 

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I tried Poutine a couple years ago after people hyped it up to me before a visit to Montreal. I didn't care for it , but I could see how it would be appetizing late at night after several beers.
 

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<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoofly_pie" target="_blank">Wet Bottom Shoofly Pie</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrapple" target="_blank">scrapple</a>. Oh, how I love thee... I can get scrapple and shoofly pie where I live now, but it's not as good unless you get if from Lancaster Co.
 

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Pepperoni rolls must be regional to the ohio river area, cause' I'm in east central OH (about 30-60 mins from either pa or wv panhandle), and we definetly have them around here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.... otherwise, I can't think of anything special that we have around here... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
That said, my moms family is from new mexico and I always love going out there so I can have green chili burgers at sonic & such!! And fry bred and soapipillas... mmm... I should make them sometime!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Okay, I'm having trouble answering, lol. I got hung up on what's considered a regional specialty and what's just international food these days? I was going to say that I love sushi, pesto, clam chowder, butter tarts, garlic scapes, barramundi fish, burritos, dahl, paella....loong list! For stuff I don't like, vegemite tops the list. Although I guess that I'm not really sure, because I've never been able to bring myself to put it in my mouth. Like a picky 2 y.o., I know I wouldn't like it if I tried it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">.
 

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barbecue, collard greens, sweet tea, mac n cheese, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat"> Can you guess I'm from the south
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">fried conch <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"></div>
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I love, love, love conch! When we travel in the Caribbean, I order it every chance I get.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoofly_pie" target="_blank">Wet Bottom Shoofly Pie</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrapple" target="_blank">scrapple</a>. Oh, how I love thee... I can get scrapple and shoofly pie where I live now, but it's not as good unless you get if from Lancaster Co.</div>
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I know both of these from my youth and I don't care for either. Genetically, something must have gone wrong with me because everyone I knew growing up is mad for them.<br><br>
My mouth is watering thinking about a real Philly cheese steak......on the right type of bun with lots of wiz.
 
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