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Old 08-25-2007, 12:49 AM
Location: Moved to town. Miss 'my' woods and critters.
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While traveling in the Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia states, noticed that the folk there had their favorite recipes and that certain foods were indigenous to those areas. Do you have any foods or recipes that you consider Missouri favorites?
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Old 08-25-2007, 12:05 PM
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I would assume foods that St. Louis came up with might be popular in Missouri...I know they are popular throughout the Midwest...gooey butter cake and toasted ravioli are two that come to mind.
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Old 08-25-2007, 02:10 PM
Location: IN
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Favorite Midwest Foods:
Any Hotdish
Salt and Vinegar Chips
Sweet and Sour Pork
Sweet Corn
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:04 PM
Location: Missouri
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In My Area:
fried taters
homemade ice cream
kettle beef
kettle korn
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:26 PM
Location: No city lights here
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what is kettle beef?

and what is

Im going to say Ooey goey butter cakes , fried fish, fried chicken, .. I am closer to St. Louis so those are pretty much the favs...
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Old 08-26-2007, 11:04 AM
Location: SW MO
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Chicken fried steak with cream gravy
Babe's hamburgers
Taco Town(greasy pseudo-Mexican,local icon)
venison jerky or summer sausage
anything buffet
Cashew chicken
Biscuits and sausage gravy
Shake's custard concrete
homegrown veggies
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Old 08-26-2007, 11:24 AM
Location: Branson-Hollister-Kimberling City
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Default Food...glorious food!

One of my favorite subjects...food.

We have to add biscuits 'n gravy to the list.
Only place I've ever lived that had biscuits 'n gravy everywhere...even the Chinese buffet.
And speaking of Chinese buffets...no discussion of local cuisine would be complete without a discussion of Cashew Chicken!

If you've ever lived anywhere else, and are familiar with this savory dish of cashews & stir fry poultry...you will be amazed the first time you order the above mentioned delicacy in SW MO.

My sis and I did just that about a month after our moving vans were unloaded...and what greeted us was a plate brimming with something like chicken nuggets...covered with gravy and sprinkled with toasted cashews. This, dear reader, is Springfield-style Cashew Chicken.

The story, as I hastened to uncover, goes like this.
Get comfortable.
About 40 years ago, an enterprizing fellow named Leong looked around Springberg, MO and realized that opportunity yawned.
No chinese restaurants.

So he (and I think a brother or more was in on it) took out a mortgage on a piece of dirt on Sunshine just west of Campbell, filled it with red paper lanterns & savory smells, and hung out the OPEN sign.
It bombed.
The locals turned up their conservative midwest noses at the odd, unfamiliar offerings and said, "Nuh Uh."
So the Leong fellows, being of a creative and clever lineage, put their heads together and came up with a more palatable, Americanized version of the most common of Asian foods.
Instead of stir fry, the chicken was breaded.
The sauce...er...gravy...was ladeled on...
A dusting of the old familiar Cashew Nut applied...
You got it.
Cashew Chicken!
Now you will see this on menus far and wide throughout the central and upper Midwest: Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken.
It's become a staple.
It is, of course, delicious.
After all...it's fried chicken!

And now you know...the rest of the story.
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Old 08-26-2007, 11:28 AM
Location: Moved to town. Miss 'my' woods and critters.
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As always LJ, so full of information. Thank you, Paul Harvey, stand in..

Yes, around these parts: biscuits 'n' gravy. But, the gravy has to have bits of Sausage mixed in it!!!
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Old 08-26-2007, 11:54 AM
Location: Van Buren, MO
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Default In SE MO

Don't forget the fried okra!

fried chicken
chicken and dumplings
baked steak
homemade strawberry shortcake
and vine-ripened tomatoes
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Old 08-26-2007, 12:39 PM
Location: Fontana, California
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I know you've heard of hushpuppies right? There's a restaurant out here that started in Louisiana and they make some good hushpuppies. BBQ brisket, links and chicken. "woodies" Its pretty good. I hear the mention of hushpuppies in country songs and wondered how popular they were.
Sweet tea also. I grew up on sweet tea. Grandparents were from Illinois, and my other , Grandmother from Great Brittian. I gots to have my tea.
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