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Jul. 25th, 2006 @ 09:59 pm a la Amerigo
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Idle question: What's the most American home-cooked dinner you can think of? It doesn't have to be uniquely American--few foods are the unique product of a single culture--but it has to be something that people would recognize as an American meal. Preferably something people would eat on a daily basis, as opposed to things like homemade lasagna or cranberry sauce, which are usually eaten on special occasions.

I'm torn between:

  • breaded chicken breast (as in Shake 'N' Bake), frozen peas, macaroni and cheese, and orange juice
  • meatloaf with ketchup, boiled broccoli, buttered linguini, and fruit punch
  • barbequed chicken wings, potato salad, a slice of apple pie, and red iced tea

    I'm aware that my answers carry a suburban New England bias. :b

    And for those of you who have lived in Taiwan for a substantial amount of time: If you were asked to describe a typical Taiwanese family meal, what would you describe?

    My answer: 紅燒肉 (pan-fried pork cubes with soy sauce and sugar), 空心菜 (water spinach fried in oil and salt), steamed white rice, and 冰麥茶 (iced wheat tea), served seperately.

    Unrelated fact: Canola is a politically correct name for rapeseed.
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    From:cellopoet
    Date:July 26th, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)
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    The first thing that popped in my mind was pot roast (with potatoes and carrots cooked in). I suppose green beans and water on the side.

    Oh, I've never had barbeque chicken wings at home. Barbeque chicken, yes. Wings, no. We always do thigh and leg (connected). Barbeque chicken in general might not be a bad canidate though. Oh and orange juice with macaroni? Um... yuck.
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    From:ece_drihten
    Date:July 26th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
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    I don't know a suburban new englander who would voluntarily eat barbequed chicken wings at home. We'd go out for those. ;-p

    delicious meat loaf... I'd have to vote for the meat loaf. Make it with turkey, though. It's better for you. You might also eat it with carrots.
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    From:saberslashalpha
    Date:July 26th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
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    When I think American home cooked meal I think of the good-old cassarole. Nothing like taking various food-stuffs, tossing them in a pan with some sort of bonding agent (Mashed potatos or a creamy sauce for example) and baking. Its a complete meal all in one, not to mention it stores well and reheats even better.
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    From:oddtodd
    Date:July 26th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
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    oh the joys of midwestern cooking. It's like a food version of katamari.

    Seriously now, kraft mac'n'cheese. And maybe hot dogs. Come to think of it, hot dogs are like a meat version of a katamari.

    mmm, katamari.

    The pot roast was probably the most 'american' one mentioned so far.
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    From:churchielafemme
    Date:July 26th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
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    i thought of chicken right away, though meatloaf is also an excellent thought. and i hope you're not considering new jersey new england, because it's not.
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    From:punk5ter
    Date:July 26th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
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    i thought of chicken right away. although a mix between the chicken meal and the meatloaf meal is also possible.

    typical taiwanese family meal.. i'm not sure if my mom's cooking falls into the typical taiwanese category.. but i'd say..

    - tofu and pork cubes in soy sauce
    - some sort of leafy vegetable fried in oil and salt
    - steamed fish with ginger shreds
    - steamed white rice
    - fruit juice

    and this talk about food is making me hungry.