April Monthly Mouthful
Every food blog tells a story; a story about what they like to cook, a story about what they like to eat; and a story about the place that influences both of these things (their hometown). For this month’s Monthly Mouthful, we wanted to learn the stories of some of our favorite food bloggers. We asked: “What is your favorite thing to eat that represents your hometown? Please share where you are from and a recipe for the dish if you have one!”
From Australian pavlova to Wisconsin cheese curds, you can read these great stories after the jump!
Lydia from The Perfect Pantry:
I was born in New York City, one of the great food capitals of the world. Yet, despite the amazing number of restaurants, the foods I love, that represent my hometown, are not gourmet dishes at all. Bagels, sour pickles, black-and-white cookies, pretzels: these are the things that say “New York” to me. I’ve never made any of them in quite the same way we eat them in New York, but thank goodness for street vendors and bakeries and delis that do!
Nicole from For The Love of Food:
This is a slightly difficult question for me to answer. I grew-up with 2 homes: southern Florida and southern Texas. So, while I have now lived in Germany for longer than I have lived in Texas and longer in Miami than either of those two locations combined, I consider myself neither a Texan nor a Floridian. However, when it comes to sharing my favorite food item that represents my home town, I will have to go with Cuban ham croquettes (croquetas de jamon) which are a staple in any Miami grocery store and Cuban bakery. For years, after moving away from Florida, I dreamed of being able to make these, but I could never find a recipe that seemed just right. One day I came across a good-looking recipe online, but it took me another year to try it out for sheer fear that it would be too difficult! Such nonsense! It was so easy that I felt so silly for putting it off for so long. Actually, this week I even picked up enough ingredients to make a double batch! Here is the recipe with step by step photos: Cuban Ham Croquettes – Croquetas de Jamon.
Tenina from Steamoven Cooking:
My favorite thing is always dessert and from Australia it has to be Pavlova or fondly known as just ‘Pav’! Named for the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova, it is designed to represent the flounces and airyness of a tutu. My recipe has a twist, with a hit of chili, but that can be left out without any detriment, though it is del-ish!
Stef from Cupcake Project:
Among other things, St. Louis is known for its toasted ravioli. It’s basically your standard ravioli, but breaded and deep fried. Of course, I had to make a cupcake version of toasted ravioli to celebrate the St. Louis food! I made sweet toasted ravioli filled with apple and cinnamon and used them to top an apple cinnamon cupcake. It was delish! Check out the toasted ravioli cupcake recipe on my blog.
Melissa from Alosha’s Kitchen:
Living in southern California provides me with a literal melting pot of cultures and cuisines. Asian food of all kinds is prevalent, especially here in Orange County, and I am sure am glad for it. But Asian food is in many other places as well, so if I had to think of one thing that is truly defined by SoCal alone, it would have to be coastal Mexican fare. And nothing represents that more simply than the fish taco. In my mind, it must be battered, as were the ones I ate for the first time in San Diego. Crunchy, tangy, spicy perfection. Still one of my favorite things to eat. I don’t have my own recipe, though I’ve just slightly tweaked the sauce on the one I do use. And I recently wrote about them here.
Karen from The Rambling Spoon:
I grew up in Wisconsin, and I’m a true cheesehead. I miss cheese (and wine) the most while I’m traveling through Asia. My favorite thing to eat at home requires little preparation. Just slice open a bag of fresh, squeaky garlic-dill cheese curds and pop them into your mouth. Best when eaten as an appetizer during “cocktail hour,” a Midwest ritual.
Christie from Fig and Cherry:
Prawns on the BBQ! Yes, I’m Australian. We have the most wonderful seafood here and BBQing it in the sunshine is a true delight. Here’s a recipe for Sweet Chilli BBQ prawns. And for a sweet finish, try my Tropical Fruit skewers with Vegemite Caramel. Yes, that’s right – Vegemite caramel. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!
Kristen from Food Renegade:
Unfortunately, my home town of Leander, Texas has no cultural or food heritage. Where I live, we can grow vegetables pretty much year round, too. We’re also a relatively small town that is being engulfed by Austin and slowly turned into a suburb. We have a handful of restaurants, and only got our first grocery store last year! So, if I had to pick something that I thought felt like Leander, it’d be something humble and agreeable to most Texans. So, I nominate the hamburger. Not some fast-food McDonald’s variety, but a real, honest-to-goodness hamburger from a handmade and uniquely seasoned patty. I’m imagining a pound of grass-fed ground burger mixed with an egg, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and plenty of salt, pepper, and garlic. Divide that into patties and grill. Serve on a grilled whole wheat bun with the veggies of your choice. There you have it: the humble, satisfying, hamburger.
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