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    I find some american food fascinating!
    Its so different to food in the UK and i dont even know what some of it is, such as twinkys etc.

    Does anyone else have this with food from other countries?

    Also what is your local areas speciality food?

    Being from Wales in the UK,some of our traditional welsh foods would be welsh cakes & cawl :)

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    Of all the fodds we have here, Twinkies stand out to you! LOL That is so fun! I remember these hot, spicey little patties we had when we were in Jamaica. I am sure that they were their junk food so to speak, but they were so good.

    we just picked up our German exchange student from Germany last night. (He is still asleep right now.) I wonder what he will think of our food while he is here.

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    I think twinkies stand out for me as they are mentioned so often in films :)

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    American Food ... with the possible exceptions of corn and squashes ... is mostly adapted from the foods of other nations.

    but we own bluejeans, by gollygeewhiz! :lol:

    one of my favorite "food memories" is from my trip to London. stopped into a little cafe and there on the menu were pork chops! better yet ... they were made just like my Mom cooked 'em. i'd been stationed in Germany for a year and a half by that point and didn't realize how much i'd missed them. :-)

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    I also love checking out the foods of other areas. Texas of course is famous for barbeque and chili and pecan pralines. Everybody it seems has their own recipe for each. It can be really fun to go to a BBQ cookoff or a chili cookoff and taste all the different ones.
    So what exactly are welsh cakes and cawl?

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    Twinkies are little sponge cake fingers with a cream filling.

    Texas has barbeque and chili and pecan pie and pralines, and of course TexMex.

    What exactly are welsh cakes and caw?

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    No Twinkies in the UK! You probably don't have Moon Pies or Raspberry Zingers, either.

    They are all 3 junk food that you're better off not eating anyway because they are full of preservatives. The Twinkie is a yellow cake with marshmallow creme in the middle. Sort of like a lady finger or eclair but with enough preservatives to keep it fresh for 5 years.

    Our traditional foods to compare would depend on what part of the US you talk to. My favorites are Jambalaya, deep fried & spiced crawdads or alligator, gumbo, crawfish etouffee and basically anything else prepared by a cajun or creole cook! No, I'm not from Louisiana but I must spent several past lives there because it feels like home. Grits is definitely unusual but I think you all have something similar.

    Around these parts, traditional is probably boring. Roast beef/turkey/chicken/pork. I guess barbecue might be something you all don't do much of over there but it's a regular thing here. Fried chicken. Chicken Fried Steak might be unusual. I'm curious to see what others pop in with.

    My sister went on a 2 week tour of Europe about 15 years ago & was most surprised about the non-refrigerated and lack of ice in soda than anything. They mostly ate at American chain restaurants while on their tour, though. They were teenagers at the time so McDonald's & Hard Rock Cafes is where they ate.

    I would be stopping in every little cafe along the roads asking for the special. Hubby & I love to try new foods.

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    I think we all "prefer and crave" the foods we grow up eating. In the south in the US...we tend to fry everything and if we don't fry it, we drench it in chocolate. (I saw someone selling chocolate dipped bacon the other day----doesn't EVEN sound good..but :roll: )

    We visited UK and Europe and I lost 8 pounds in 2 weeks. It seemed that even the fast food chain food didn't taste the same. I did find some things that I loved though :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning

    Our traditional foods to compare would depend on what part of the US you talk to. My favorites are Jambalaya, deep fried & spiced crawdads or alligator, gumbo, crawfish etouffee and basically anything else prepared by a cajun or creole cook! No, I'm not from Louisiana but I must spent several past lives there because it feels like home. Grits is definitely unusual but I think you all have something similar.
    I hope I captured that quote right! These are some of my favorites, too! I grew up eating grits every day and love 'em. Not at all unusual here!!(Now I opt for higher fiber cereal :| not as good!). I eat red beans and rice about once a week! Love gumbo or jambalaya with whatever seafood is available. Or just chicken and sausage (andouille)! There's a lot of catfish eaten around here from local farms. Not my favorite, but I've consumed my share. I do love hushpuppies!

    I want to know what welsh cakes and cawl are, too!

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    Twinkies are baked and shipped fresh. They're as healthy as anything anybody could bake in their home kitchen.

    http://www.hostesscakes.com/twinkies.asp

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    In this area of PA you will see: pieorgies (see pics) stuffed with potatoes and cheese, or onions or sauerkraut. Also, chicken and waffles or chicken and biscuits (biscuits are baked, not cookies). My daughter is currently living in NZ and she says they don't know what fluffer nutters are. They are like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but instead of jelly, you use marshmallow cream or fluff (kinda like marshmallows in a spreadable form). Oh and at the county fairs you find funnel cakes. Kinda like deep fried cake batter with powered sugar (10X sugar) or cinnamon and granulated sugar sprinkled on them.

    It occurs to me that none of these are much good for you, but yummy! Isn't that the way it is...if it is yummy, you probably shouldn't eat a lot of it 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    Twinkies are baked and shipped fresh. They're as healthy as anything anybody could bake in their home kitchen.

    http://www.hostesscakes.com/twinkies.asp
    I'm sure they are full of vitamins, too! Pick me up some Ho-Ho's & Ding Dongs while you're getting the Twinkies, please!--LOL.

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    Nursie76, your making me hungry. Those are great pictures.
    Welshgem, would love to see some of your recipes.
    I think 1 of my favorite foods here is French Dips. I make mine with a rump roast from the crock pot. I put butter on Hoagie buns and stick in the oven on broil and broil then when they are a bit brown I shread the meat onto the buns with swiss cheese and put back in the oven til the cheese is melted. I make the Aujus from the water in the crock pot. Great stuff.

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    When I took a class at the college there was a kid from Mexico in the class and he said meatloaf was exotic food to him. There was a girl from Switzerland and she said fried chicken was exotic to her. Her father was Scilian and her mother British.

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    I love foriegn foods more than American foods. Aroung here the specialty is biscuits and gravy sausage and a side of counry ham. I do believe there is more fat ppl here then any other place in the world. I'm included in that fat ppl thing but am working on changing it.

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    Here in Indiana, we eats lot of famr foods - chicken, beef, and pork. I also grew up eating lots of corn and potatoes, but I have given them up since going on a diet (SO hard to avoid the sweet corn too!)

    We also have lots of pickled things here, and I grew up where there was a lot of German influence, so you would see sausages and kraut. Our country is so neat because there is such a blend of cultures and foods here. it isjust normal to us to eat things from so many different countries!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I love foriegn foods more than American foods. Aroung here the specialty is biscuits and gravy sausage and a side of counry ham. I do believe there is more fat ppl here then any other place in the world. I'm included in that fat ppl thing but am working on changing it.
    I'm with ya there. Growing up on a farm all that good stuff then has sure caught up with me now. Love biscuits and gravy. :thumbup: :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by welshgem
    I think twinkies stand out for me as they are mentioned so often in films :)
    I got a chuckle out of this, because I have never had a twinkie!!!

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    American biscuits are similar to scones. not exactly the same, but similar.

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    I grew up on white beans, cornbread, stewed potatoes, and fried any kind of meat. Dessert was sorghum molasses on the cornbread.

    My favorite breakfast is biscuits and chocolate gravy.

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    Eastern Montana is mostly beef country. Since we ranch, our freezer is always full of beef. So at home we eat a lot of beef, potatoes and anything we can get out of our garden. I also love to eat whatever the locals eat when I am traveling!

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    Here in California, a lot of our foods has a Mexican flavor. I Love our Mexican food with it's Cilantro, grilled shrimp, pico-de-gallo, tacos, enchilada's w/ green chili!!
    A favorite we cook here is Beef Tri-Tip roast. Dh cooks it on the grill and seasons it just right!!! When DH's dad moved to Texas, he can't find a Tri-Tip cut of beef anywhere. He has bought some here, froze it and shipped it to Texas to eat.
    We eat a lot of fresh strawberries. We are very spoiled with Fresh Citrus, a lot of us have trees in our yards. We get fresh fruits and veggies throughout the year.
    Dh was raised in the South. He loves Biscuits and Gravy, personally I can't stomach the thought.....

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    Cawl is the Welsh word for soup or broth.

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    When i think of american food it is usually the junk food things that stand out, chilli dogs annd meatloaf being another 2 things! lol

    No meatloaf in the UK,or not that i have ever seen :)
    Wouldnt mind trying a twinkie though ha ha

    Welsh cakes are a bit like a scone but they are flat and sprinkled with sugar. You can either have currants / raisins in them or yummy strawberry jam. Best served warm straight off an iron griddle pan :)

    Cawl or Caul is a welsh word and is a broth/soup with fresh vegetables and lamb. I like it covered in vinegar with some chunky bread to dip :)

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    We eat alot of venison, fish and beef here. When DD went to France her senior year she thought she dicovered the greatest find there, NUTELLA!!!!!!!!!!!! She evn broght a bunch home, and then I showed her we DO have it here!
    She brought chocolate home too, and the chocolate tasted a bit different too???? Not sure why, maybe richer? I loved it, LOL, I am a chocoholic!

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