I realized that today was an all-American food day, at least part of each meal, so…for the edification of my international readers:
Breakfast: Fried eggs and toast with scrapple. Scrapple is an American breakfast food from the mid-Atlantic region. My father-in-law introduced me to it (though he’s a New Englander), and we all love it. It sounds kind of terrible, as most sausages, liverwursts, and other things made with scraps do, but it’s quite tasty. The only thing a bit odd is the texture: it’s essentially a fried cornmeal-with-minced-pork mush, so the outside gets crispy when fried, but the inside is still mush.
Lunch: Arugula salads and hot dogs, with ice cream for dessert. What could be the more quintessential American food than the hot dog? (Not the arugula salad, of course, but we were feeling the need for some veggies by that point!) Anthropapa likes his with mayonnaise, while I like ketchup. Can you have American food without one of those condiments? Possibly not. And while residents of other countries eat their fair share of ice cream, they probably didn’t have New York Jets Sundae Blitz!
Dinner: I can’t believe I made a tuna casserole. (Please note this delightful sentence from the link: “Tuna casserole is remarkable in that it can be prepared using no fresh ingredients whatsoever.” Lovely.) I used the Betty Crocker recipe, substituting whole wheat pasta and added frozen vegetables and curry powder, and without pimentos. Tuna casserole is a very common, old-fashioned American recipe, one of many known as a “hotdish” in the Midwest. Sometimes people put bread crumbs, or crushed potato chips, or even Chex® on top, for God’s sake. I just put Parmesan cheese. (A very close relative of this recipe is the ubiquitous green bean casserole, made from green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and canned fried onions on top. It’s like Americans like to take a nutritious green vegetable and render it nutrition-free through thorough soaking in questionable sauce. I guess that’s what you get when the Campbell’s Soup Company creates recipes.)
Apologies to my vegetarian and raw-foods-eating readers. It was a processed meat kind of day here.
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Photo by CptCapacitor.