We found a fun cookbook at the library, The United States Cookbook by Joan D'Amico and Karen Eich Drummond. It goes through each state, gives details and fun facts about each state, and has an easy recipe that the kids can make. The recipes are for foods that are original to the state or use foods that are commonly found there.
We have made the deep dish pizza (Illinois! The Prairie State! State insect- Monarch Butterfly!) Deep dish pizza was first made at Pizzeria Uno in Chicago in 1943...Dave and I ate there on our honeymoon in 1999.
Mmmm, this was good, although I promise, I only had a taste since I am on the 17 day diet.
Then we traveled to Kentucky (The bluegrass state! State bird- cardinal!) and made Kentucky Burgoo! Pretty much just so we could say the name; Burgoo, Burgoo, Burgoo.
I loved it, Dave and our eldest liked it, the other 2 did not like it. But I am going to continue making it (a stew made with chicken, beef, veggies, and curry..it dates back to the frontier days when it was often made with deer and squirrel meat). It was tasty, low fat, nutritious, and occasionally you would get an eye looking up at you (an okra seed looks like a little fish eyeball)
Tonight- Cincinnati chili!