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Old 08-27-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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I currently live in Atlanta, but my family is from Iowa. My office is having a "Cultural Pot Luck" luncheon and we are all to bring a dish that reflects our culture. It should be pretty yummy as I work with folks who are from Jamaica, Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Boston....

So what suggestions do y'all have for a classic, delicious dish that reflects my Iowa roots?

Thanks!
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Scott County, IA
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Well, hogs and corn are traditional Iowa products, so I suggest a nice ham surrounded by pieces freshly cooked corn on the cob.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Des Moines
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Maid Rite sandwiches or tenderloins if you want to supply the main staple of the potluck. Otherwise, probably some down homey dish with corn in it.
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:18 PM
 
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Default Ham balls

Hamballs: pork meatballs in a Cambell's Tomato Soup/ brown sugar/ vinega sauce. Totally underrated
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:49 PM
 
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Yeah - My "Maid Rite" sandwiches (thanks DMRyan) were a hit! Of course, I had to hear multiple people recall the "Rosanne" episode about loose meat sandwiches.... please.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions!
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Hamballs: pork meatballs in a Cambell's Tomato Soup/ brown sugar/ vinega sauce. Totally underrated

That's some classic Midwestern potluck fare there. That and cocktail wienies in the same sauce.
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:44 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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MAYTAG BLUE, BABY. Maybe a salad that includes fresh sweet corn kernels and Maytag blue?

Some more random ideas: pork tenderloin (lightly-breaded Northern Midwestern-German/-Czech variety); something with Muscatine melons - fruit (and veggie?) salad, maybe?; Dutch marzipan-filled 'letter S' pastries from Pella; one of the many German-American dishes that a place like the Ox Yoke Inn in the Amana Colonies is known for (Yokey Dokey punch, warm sweet-and-sour potato salad, rhubarb pie, etc... yum!). Maid-Rites (with lots of mustard.. no ketchup ) would be good, as others have suggested, if this is a very informal affair.

Oops.. just noticed that you already had your potluck. Oh well, this can serve as a reference for future Iowa culinary queries, I suppose.
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:24 AM
 
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Maid-Rites (with lots of mustard.. no ketchup ) would be good, as others have suggested, if this is a very informal affair.

Oops.. just noticed that you already had your potluck. Oh well, this can serve as a reference for future Iowa culinary queries, I suppose.
Maid-Rites with mustard??? I have always had them served plain. My mom made them growing up and when we would visit relatives in Ottumwa we always went to The Canteen, but I don't remember mustard. Actually, I don't like mustard, so maybe I just blocked it out, but I didn't know it was standard.

For any of you who are familiar with both Atlanta and Iowa, I explained to my co-workers that Maid-Rites were the cultural equvilent to The Varsity. You just have to experience it!
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Old 09-07-2010, 01:12 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Maid-Rites with mustard??? I have always had them served plain. My mom made them growing up and when we would visit relatives in Ottumwa we always went to The Canteen, but I don't remember mustard. Actually, I don't like mustard, so maybe I just blocked it out, but I didn't know it was standard.
Interesting! In my family it was always mustard and onions (for those who could deal with onions) or just plain mustard (for those who hated onions - including myself ). Ketchup was considered a total no-no, totally inappropriate on a maid-rite (sort of the way Chicago-style hot dog purists consider that condiment).

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