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Mississippi is home to a few things, food wise.  I did a little research and found that there’s a big shrimp industry there.  Check out the size of those things! 

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Sweet potatoes are also big in MS.  And you just can’t have a traditional Thanksgiving without sweet potato pie.  Smile

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Unless you’re having sweet potato crunch, which looks a bit bigger and has pecans on top.  Hence the crunch.  Smile

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Speaking of pecans, they’re huge in MS!  I don’t necessarily mean size wise, but crop size.  They’re abundant in the south.  These are Cajun spiced pecans. 

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And pecan pie, naturally.  Smile

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If I thought I had a crave on for Pralines ‘n’ Cream ice cream before, it’s madness now!  Check out these sweet, delicious pralines!  The recipe looks easy too.  Just click the pic!

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Of course, you can’t have Mississippi with Mississippi Mud Pie!  That looks so dreamy! 

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I’ve never been to Mississippi.  Have you?  I think when I get there I’m going to eat my way through the state!  I love pecans, so I’ll be right at home.  Open-mouthed smile

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As always, click the pics for recipes and/or more information, and have a great and tasty day!  Smile

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Think beauty.  Think mountains.  Think history.  American history.  Think Pennsylvania!

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Did you know there are over 140 wineries in PA?  I didn’t either! 

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PA has a strong German population, and you know where there are Germans, there is beer.  I can say that because I’m half German.  Smile  Yep, the other half is Irish, and amazing enough, neither half likes to drink much.  Go figure!

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Lebanon Bologna.  Looks like salami, but it’s made from beef.  Oh, I have to try some of this!

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Scrapple.  It’s made from pork scraps.  And corn meal.  It’s like sausage.  Smile 

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Put a little PA syrup on that scrapple and I bet it really jazzes things up.  I love syrup on sausage.

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Now this is a sandwich spread I could get into!

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Speaking of sandwiches, how about some great bread?

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How about some sausage soup?  Now that’s a way to eat sausage I’ve never tried.

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Pork roast, anyone?  What about pork roast with sauerkraut?  It actually looks pretty tasty!

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For dessert, some shoofly pie.  Smile

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Whoopi pies!  Whoopee!

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Like doughnuts?  (Who doesn’t?!)  Like potatoes?  Then you’ll love these potato doughnuts!  Don’t they look yummy?

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And last but not least, one of the biggest reasons to visit Pennsylvania, Hershey’s!  Open-mouthed smile  Must. Visit. Hershey’s!

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I traveled through PA when I was a kid, and it was one of the prettiest states I’d ever seen, and I grew up in CA.  I was particularly struck by western PA, through the mountain areas as we drove through.  We didn’t have mountains quite like that in CA.  Winking smile  That vision of loveliness has stayed with me all these years and one day I hope to return, and get some pictures next time!

Have an awesome day and as always, click the pics for links and, in some cases, recipes.  Smile

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Did you know the oldest cheese factory in the US was in Ohio?  Me either! 

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And of course, you can’t have great cheese without some great grapes and wine, also grown in Ohio. 

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Mock chicken – an Ohio trend popular in the 70s.  Looks golden delicious, doesn’t it? 

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Of course, you can’t live in a cheese state and not have cheesecake.  One of the beauties of cheesecake is that you can make it either sweet or savory.  I’m ready to dig in!

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I used to make toffee.  Is your mouth watering?  Mine is! 

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Behold, the Ohio Shaker Lemon Pie.  I adore lemon pie!  Not a big fan of meringue, but I love lemon.  This is how lemon pie should be done and I have to have this recipe.  Smile

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You can’t visit the Buckeye State and not indulge in the candy Buckeye.  It’s the law!  Winking smile  Don’t they look tasty? 

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I’ve been through Ohio a couple of times.  The most recent time, we passed through the state capitol.  Their capitol building reminded me of our national capitol.  I remember thinking how pretty it was, near sunset, with that lovely dome. 

As always, click the pics for links.  Have a great and tasty day!

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Monticello, Mt. Vernon, and Williamsburg.  Ham, and peanuts.  They like things salty in Virginia!  I knew about the ham, but I didn’t know that Virginia is also famous for its peanuts.  Smile

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It’s a basket shaped like Virginia!  I love it, and want it!  Send me 2, would ya?  Thanks!

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Must start the day off right, with a nice fine Virginia wine.  Smile

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Oysters Rockefeller, yum!  I had these once.  Guy took me on a date – in the pre-Darc days of course! – and insisted I have a surf and turf meal.  He ordered these for me.  I was sure I’d hate them, not being a seafood fan then, but I ended up loving them. 

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Virginia cured ham!  Is there any finer ham on the planet? 

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Here’s one blogger’s take on a gratin recipe, using Virginia ingredients.  Doesn’t it look so tasty?

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A spin on this recipe: Summer Squash Gratin

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Here’s something you can get if you visit the Virginia Aquarium.  They don’t hold back there!

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Home ~ Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

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Virginia grown veggies – colorful!

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I wish I’d had this biscuit recipe before Easter so I could have made them for our dinner.

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Virginia Box Bread Recipe

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Seems Virginia is know for nuts, too.  Smile

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You knew I wouldn’t leave that sweet tooth unattended! 

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Here’s a sweet sample you can find at the Taste of Arlington.  Save me a plate!

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I love Virginia.  I want to live there.  Perfect blend of north and south, elegant and country at the same time.  And the Blue Ridge Mountains are so beautiful, I want them in my view all the time.  We spent a few days there a few years ago, and I actually cried when we left.  It felt like leaving home.  Maybe one day I’ll get to go back.  Smile

 

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There’s only one place in all the world that makes Jack Daniel’s.  Yeah, you know where it is!  Winking smile

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Want that special Jack Daniel’s touch on your food too?  They have a barbeque sauce for that.  Yum!  I believe TGIFridays also has a menu designed with Jack Daniel’s sauces.  Oh my, one of my favorites!  Be sure to get the Flat-Iron steak!

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Must. Try. This!  Honey flavored whiskey!  Perhaps there’s a good chance those Irish genes of mine might kick in after all!  Winking smile

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Breakfast!  Tennessee sausage, with pancakes.  Oh I love breakfast!  Mostly at night though.  And I’m not sure you could do better than a Tennessee breakfast like this one. 

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Don’t forget the cornbread!  I kinda want that skillet too. 

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I love this website.  It’s dedicated to Tennessee products of all kinds.  I clicked on the honey link.  It’s a bit blurry with the size increase, but you get the idea.  Smile

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Do you know how many years I’ve wanted to try fried green tomatoes?  Yes, ever since the movie came out.  What, ‘91?  ‘92?  1991!  20 years I’ve wanted to try these!  Don’t they look delicious?  A little ranch dip and I could go to town!

Fried Green Tomatoes

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Tennessee Mushroom Pâté.  Brandied, no less.  I love Tennessee, I love brandy, and I love mushrooms.  I can’t lose!

Brandied Tennessee Mushroom  Pâté

Brandied Tennessee Mushroom Pâté

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There’s a reason they call it Southern Fried Chicken.  Seriously, you’ve never heard of Northern Fried Chicken, have you?  I think I’ve made my point!  Seeing as how Tennessee knows a thing or 2 about Southern, you can bet your bottom dollar they know a thing or 2 about fried chicken too.  Smile

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This is what you get when your Nana Rosa moves to Tennessee.  Biscotti!  Tennessee style! 

Nana Rosa Biscotti, LCC

Nana Rosa Biscotti, LCC

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Funnel cakes anyone? 

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I must have some of this cake.  I mean it, I have to!  Maybe they have online ordering … .  Hey!  They DO!  Woo!

Moonshine Fudge Cake

Darc and I spent a few days in Tennessee a few years ago.  The people were some of the nicest, most helpful people on the planet.  They went out of their way to do everything in their power to help us with a situation we had.  More than one person at more than one location.  We got a real taste of the kindness of strangers.  I should say, the kindness of Tennessee strangers.  Strangers in other places weren’t so kind.

The scenery in Tennessee is some of the most beautiful you’ll ever come across, too.  The Smoky Mountains are gorgeous.  I realized that I’d actually had dreams of Tennessee before I ever got there or knew I would even set foot there, just dreaming about beautiful places.  If I won the lottery and could live anywhere I wanted, Tennessee is high on my list.  Smile 

As always, click the pics for links. 

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Bourbon, Fried chicken, Thoroughbreds, Derby, and Bluegrass.  Only one place in all the world that does all those things well.  Smile

The glorious Thoroughbred.  One of the most gorgeous animals in the world. 

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Nowhere is the grass as blue as it is in Kentucky. 

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Short, sweet, and to the point; Kentucky Bourbon.  Smile

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If you really love the fragrance of bourbon, you can even get it to put in things like home-made candles.  I kid you not, click the link! 

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One man has made Kentucky famous the world over.   

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Wings with a bourbon-molasses glaze.  Yumm!  Click the pic for the recipe.  G’head, you know you want to!

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Even Carl’s Jr has gotten into the liquor cabinet, and is now serving bourbon flavored burgers.  Zero proof, of course, but 100 proof flavor, I’m sure.  I love Carl’s Jr!  And I miss them, since there aren’t any around here.  Did you know you can get deep fried zucchini there?  But that’s another post.  Smile

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Bleu cheese, made in Kentucky.  And farm raised caviar too.  Quality horses, and quality food in Kentucky.  Smile

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I discovered that pole beans grow well in Kentucky.  Click the pic for a recipe.

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Naturally, for a cool, refreshing, and relaxing drink, you must have a mint julep, darling.  Make mine a double.  Winking smile

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For dessert, have a slice or two of Kentucky chocolate pecan pie.  Oh yeah, now that’s what I’m talking about!

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For that raging sweet tooth and chocolate craving, you must have some Kentucky bourbon balls.  Chocolate and bourbon.  Ahh, heavenly!

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I drove through Kentucky on my way to Georgia with some friends when I was about 18.  I remember seeing lots of horse farms along the way, and other farms too.  I wish we didn’t have the time constraints and could have spent more time there.  It was very pretty. 

As always, click the pics for links.  Smile 

Have a great day!

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Noticeably absent from this week’s episode is seafood.  We’re in the Midwest now!  Farm country! 

Welcome to Indiana!

And yes, I’ve been here.  Smile

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For a taste of the state, check out A Taste of IndianaSmile  They make gift baskets of all kinds of Indiana stuff, and will put it in an Indiana shaped basket too.  And I’d love one!  But not the Colts one.  This Pats fan will pass  on the Colts basket.  Winking smile  You can send me the stuff in the basket though! 

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A Taste Of Indiana

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Indiana is fields, and that means Farmer’s Markets.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, straight from the ground to your cook pot.  You can’t get any fresher than that!  Better for you, too.

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I have developed a taste for asparagus lately.  Wouldn’t you know they have asparagus farms in Indiana?  How much better does this look than the stuff you get at the grocery store?  A little salt, dripping with melted butter – yum!

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BACON!  ‘Nuff said!

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BEEF!  Also ‘nuff said! 
You can find this lovely at Longhorn’s Steakhouse. 

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Homemade corndogs!  I so need to save this recipe, my daughter adores corn dogs. 

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A plentiful Indiana crop is corn.  You know what that means!  Popcorn! 

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How about some goat cheese?  It looks so pretty.  Smile

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Aiming to give Kentucky a run for it’s money. 

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Chocolate!  Now that’s one piano I could play!  LOL

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A reader in Indiana sent in this recipe to a cooking magazine.  Orange Lemon Cake sounds perfect for spring.  Smile

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I like the Hoosier State.  The people are friendly and hospitable, just regular folks without attitudes.  Coastal types can get an attitude sometimes, you know?  Indiana people don’t have that.  They’re not the speediest drivers in the world either, and that’s okay because they’re not in a hurry.  Hitting IN traffic after racing along on Chicago expressways can be a bit jarring if you’re not expecting it, but then you realize you can relax.  Don’t worry, you’ll get there! 

As always, click the pics for links.  Smile

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