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Courtesy Larry Jacobsen/Creative Commons/Flickr. It makes it more flavorful. There is a rich diversity in food preparation throughout the United States. It's just one of several Midwestern corn belt towns that vie for the title of Popcorn Capital of the World, but centuries before Orville's obsession aromatically inflated in microwaves or Jiffy Pop magically expanded on stovetops, Native Americans in New Mexico discovered corn could be popped — way back in 3600 B.C. No fancy centerpieces or long-simmering family squabbles at that first Thanksgiving when the Pilgrims decided not to fast but to party with the Wampanoag tribe in 1621 Plymouth. This is the same type of antioxidants found in dark berries. America's most popular -- and most addictive -- snack? Traveling salesman Herman Lay sold them out of the trunk of his car before founding Lay's Potato Chips, the first nationally marketed brand. But it was Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker's hot dog stand on Coney Island that turned the hot dog into an icon. And you'll want thick hand-sliced rye or pumpernickel, and good pastrami or corned beef. Courtesy jonobacon/Creative Commons/Flickr. Outside of the belt, Texas smokes its way to a claim as a barbecue (beef) epicenter -- check out the 'cue-rich town of Lockhart. Now they are back and going strong.

Added some crisp bacon, swiped from a busy chef." The United States covers some 3.8 million square miles.

There's a perfect beach for every week of the year. Just ask the. Buffalo wings are coated in cayenne pepper and hot sauce. Melted butter on knuckle, claw, or tail meat -- we love it simple. Cioppino: Portugal meets meets Italy meets France by way of San Francisco. Try it: Pre-chop your broccoli over the weekend to save time once you get cooking. Philly cheese steak has famous fans -- including former President Barack Obama. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images. Alaska salmon season coincides with their return to spawning streams (guided by an amazing sense of smell to the exact spot where they were born). Consider Kit Carson, whose dying regret was that he didn't have time for one more bowl.

According to Calvin Trillin, hot wings might have originated with John Young, and his "mambo sauce" -- also in Buffalo. Harry's Coffee Shop in La Jolla, Calif., has been around since the 1960s. Mouth-watering enchiladas -- are you hungry yet? If you’re opting for weight loss, you might want to choose leaner meats —…, Feeling bloated and unwell? Centuries before trail mix came by the bag and the bin, it was eaten in Europe, where hiking is practically a national pastime. However you take your jerky -- caf or decaf; in strips, chips, or shreds -- prepare to chew long and hard. Better yet, make the trip to green chile stew country and order up a bowl. So whether you're eating a gourmet version by one of the countless chefs who've put their own spin on it, or just digging like a desperado in the pantry for that box of Kraft, give mac and cheese its patriotic props.

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White Castle, Whataburger, Burger King, In-N-Out, McDonald's, Steak N' Shake, Five Guys, The Heart Attack Grill. S'mores -- you can't just have one, the clue's in the name. While you might eat chicken and potatoes differently from your neighbor, the way you cook it could have a drastically different effect on your health. Flavored with teriyaki, jalapeno, lemon pepper, chili. Fannie made hers with slices of salt pork laid over the top and served it with brown mushroom sauce.

Together, these three ingredients make for a delicious high-fiber meal and will look amazing in a bowl presentation. Sourdough bread is San Francisco's most beloved baked treat.

As the seminal symbol of all great American-born Chinese grub, however, we salute the mighty fortune cookie. With your fistful of oyster crackers ready to dump in, you might stop to wonder: What were the Pilgrims thinking when they fed clams to their hogs? Order them from. Porterhouse is considered the best because it’s actually two cuts in one — a New York strip on one side and a filet mignon on the other. Swap it: If you’re on the keto diet, skip the fries and opt for radishes, turnips, or parsnips instead.

Wasabi anyone? And maybe nowhere more so than in Maine, which provides 80% of the clawed creatures, and where lobster shacks and lobster bakes are culinary institutions. We love French fries, but for an American food variation on the potato theme, one beloved at Sonic drive-ins and school cafeterias everywhere, consider the Tater Tot. Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America/Getty Images. Whether you’re a busy parent or in a rush to cook for…, Which foods are good anti-aging staples? After leading the charge for the sushi invasion of the 1980s, the California roll now occupies grocery stores everywhere. From thence they have gone forth across the border, the continent and the world. Gently simmer whole or sliced chicken breasts in about a 1/2 cup of water with spices and herbs.

© 2005-2020 Healthline Media a Red Ventures Company. "We fed those men free of charge until the strike ended," Bennie was quoted. Vary it: Swap spinach for frozen veggies. Remember this: If you do eat fries, remember they’re carbs. In the Southern states, cuisine is characterized by farm-style dishes, such as deep-fried foods, BBQ pork, corn bread and lots of sweets. Was Mrs. Wakefield making her Butter Drop Do cookies when, lacking baker's chocolate, she substituted a cut-up Nestle's semisweet chocolate bar? The Twinkie forsook its original banana cream filling for vanilla when bananas were scarce during World War II. Nothing particularly American about pasta and cheese -- except for the fact that on a European trip, Thomas Jefferson liked a certain noodle dish so much he took notes and had it served back home at a state dinner as "macaroni pie. Long before Troy Aikman became pitchman for Wingstop, folks in Buffalo, New York, were enjoying the hot and spicy wings that most agree came into being by the hands of Teressa Bellissimo, who owned the Anchor Bar and first tossed chicken wings in cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter in 1964. Portion sizes matter, too, as do the quality of ingredients. Don't feel bad about going with the "lazy man's" cioppino -- it only means you're not going to spend half the meal cracking shellfish. The avocado-crab-cucumber roll became a hit, and from that SoCal beachhead, sushi conquered the country. Our favorite rendition might be the way they do cheeseburgers in New Mexico: with green chilis, natch. Less apocryphally, "chili queens" in 1880s San Antonio, Texas, sold their spicy stew from stands, and the "San Antonio Chili Stand" at the 1893 Chicago world's fair secured chili's nationwide fame. “They often pack more nutritional value than fresh, since they’re frozen at peak ripeness,” says Pappas. As much a part of NoCal culinary culture as Napa Valley wine, sourdough bread has been a staple since Gold Rush days. Southern hushpuppies and corn pone, New England johnnycakes; cooked in a skillet or in muffin tins; flavored with cheese, herbs, or jalapenos -- cornbread in any incarnation remains the quick and easy go-to bread that historically made it a favorite of Native American and pioneer mothers and keeps it on tables across the country today. To celebrate its endless culinary creativity, we're throwing our list of 50 most delicious American food items at you.