Food Named After Places / States

I love Wednesday night dinners. There is always a theme, the food is always delicious, and it’s a great group of people!
This week, we came up with the plan based on the fact that Michael, the host and chef, bought a “blow torch” and wanted to make Baked Alaska.

So I came up with a list of state and place themed foods! I included it at the bottom of the post. And, while we forgot about the Baked Alaska, we had one of my favorite meals so far!

Our Menu:

Waldorf Salad

Brussels Sprouts

Chicken Kiev, Texas Toast, Belmont Cocktail

Key Lime Pie

And now, what you’ve been waiting for!  THE LIST:

State Themed Foods

  • Alaskan salad roll (sushi)
  • California roll
  • Georgia peaches
  • Idaho potatoes
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Maryland crab cakes
  • Rhode Island clam chowder (it’s tomato based with Portuguese sausage)
  • Hawaiian punch
  • Mississippi Mud Pie
  • New York cheesecake
  • New York pizza
  • Texas sheet cake
  • Texas Toast
  • Virginia ham

Other US Places: 

  • Bismarck
  • Boston baked beans
  • Boston cream pie
  • Buffalo wings
  • Chicago deep dish
  • Coney Island dogs
  • Denver omelet
  • Dodger dogs
  • Fenway Frank
  • Fresno chilies
  • Key lime pie
  • Manhattan clam chowder
  • New England clam chowder
  • Philadelphia cream cheese
  • Philly cheese steak
  • Sweet Vidalia onions

Other Places: 

  • Bologna
  • Bayonne ham
  • Béarnaise sauce
  • Beijing duck
  • Belgian waffles
  • Berliner
  • Bismarck
  • Bombay duck
  • Braunschweiger sausage – Gerhard Postpischil
  • Brazil nuts
  • Brie
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Canadian bacon
  • Caprese salad
  • Carrizo sausage
  • Catalina dressing
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Chicken Kiev
  • Chinese dumplings
  • Darjeeling (tea)
  • Derbyshire cheese
  • Dijon mustard
  • Dodger dogs
  • Dome dogs
  • Dutch baby
  • Eggs Florentine
  • Frankfurter
  • French dressing
  • French fries
  • French onion soup
  • French roast
  • French toast
  • French Vanilla
  • Fresno chilies
  • Genovese salami
  • German chocolate
  • Hamburger
  • Hollandaise sauce
  • Irish stew
  • Italian ice
  • Jalapeño
  • Java
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Jordan almond
  • Lima beans
  • Limburger cheese
  • Lincolnshire cheese
  • Linzer torte
  • London broil
  • Mars bar
  • Mayonnaise
  • Milky Way
  • Moon pie
  • Monte Cristo
  • Nanaimo bars
  • Nicoise salad
  • Nile perch
  • Parma ham
  • Parmesan
  • Pasta Florentine
  • Prince Albert apple
  • Polish sausage
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Roma tomato
  • Roquefort
  • Russian dressing
  • Sacher torte
  • Salisbury steak
  • Sandwich
  • Serrano ham
  • Szegedi goulash
  • Spanish peanuts
  • Spanish rice
  • Stilton
  • Swedish meatballs
  • Swedish pancakes
  • Swiss cheese
  • Thousand island dressing
  • Turkey
  • Turkish delight
  • Valencia oranges
  • Vienna sausage
  • Waldorf salad
  • Welsh Rarebit
  • Wiener schnitzel
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Yorkshire pudding


  • Blue Hawaii
  • Alabama Slammer
  • Long Island Iced Tea
  • Belmont Cocktail

Here is another list that has some more ideas.

Chicken, Artichoke, and Mushroom Linguini // Strawberry Spinach Salad

My girlfriends and I rarely get together now that we have “big girl jobs” / are in grad school, but rarely are we all three available on the same night.   I was on Pinterest looking at recipes, and it just made me want to cook! So when I suggested I make dinner for us the next day, and we were all available, we jumped on it!  I also made my FAVORITE salad [Strawberry Spinach].  And I hate salad.  The recipe for that is below as well!


Chicken, Artichoke, and Mushroom Linguini

  • 1 lb. pasta (I used whole wheat linguine)
  • 3 c. chopped, cooked chicken (I cooked a whole chicken in the crock pot)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6-8 oz. fresh mushrooms; sliced
  • 14 oz. artichoke hearts, drained, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c. white wine or chicken broth
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 2 oz. cream cheese (nefchatel for lower fat)
  • milk to thin if needed
  • Herbs to taste – I used Basil and a bit of Parsley
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

Cook the pasta according to the pasta directions.

Heat olive oil in a skillet.  Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are tender and very little moisture is in the bottom of your pan. Add artichokes, garlic, and cooked chicken to the mushrooms. Stir to combine and heat through.

Stir in white wine or broth. Cook over medium-high heat until reduced a bit (about 5 minutes or so). Clear a space on part of the pan; stir together cream, cream cheese, and herbs. Reduce heat to medium. If there is not enough liquid, add milk, pasta water, or more chicken broth.  Continue cooking until mixture is thickened; add parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

Add mixture to cooked pasta. Fold and stir in gently. If necessary, stir in some of the pasta water. Start with a small amount, stir, and add more if needed.

Serve and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from home cooking memories.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

  • 2 bunches spinach
  • 2 c. sliced strawberries
  • ½ c. roasted sunflower seeds
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 ½ tbsp. minced onion
  • ¼ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ c. oil (I use canola)
  • ¼ c. cider vinegar

Combine dressing and toss with spinach, strawberries, and sunflower seeds, just before serving.

This recipe is from my fabulous chef/grandmother.  LOVE it!