May 27, 2012

amber waves of grain: a culinary tour of the usa

I was super-excited to hear that I was selected to be one of the May 24x24 participants, hosted by Foodbuzz.  So, with the help of their stipend, I was able to host one of the 24 amazing meals that took place within the same 24 hours on May 26th.  It was so much fun and really delicous!

Luckily, I'm still between semesters this week, so I was able to spend the necessary time planning and preparing for this dinner party.  My husband and I invited my mom, dad, sister, and Chookie Chookie grandma over to our apartment for a theme dinner--Amber Waves of Grain: A Culinary Tour of the USA.

Each item on the menu is a local or regional specialty that has taken the national stage.  See the menu (map) below.  It was quite a bit of work getting the meal prepared, but with the help of my wonderful husband and sister, I was able to pull it off.

*I will be linking posts with recipes to all of the menu items over the course of the week.  The links will be appearing below with the associated picture.*

Here's what we served:

New England Clam Chowder Recipe
Texas Toast Recipe

Sour Cream and Chive Idaho Mashed Potato Recipe

Asian-Style Alaskan Salmon Recipe

Vegetarian Southern Collard Greens Recipe

Strawberry Dark Chocolate New York Cheesecake Recipe

We started the meal with California Wine and Wisconsin Cheese appetizers.  We had Red Rock Merlot and Chateau St. Jean Riesling to drink and snacked on sharp cheddar, a soft butterkase, and some dill and garlic white cheddar.

 The pup really wanted to join us for the cheese portion.


Here's the main course:

This was dinner from my perspective.

We started dinner with New England Clam Chowder and some Texas Toast.

We enjoyed Alaskan Salmon (Asian-style), Southern Collard Greens (vegetarian), Idaho potatoes (sour cream and chive) and Great Lakes Brewing Co. Holy Moses White Ale (from the local brewery here in Cleveland, OH--notice Moses parting the Lake to Cleveland in the background).


We finished off the meal with a New York Cheesecake (with dark chocolate chips and fresh strawberry sauce).

Here's the disaster of a kitchen we ended up with by the end of the meal.  Thank goodness for amazing husbands!

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