United States Cuisine

The United States is a melting pot of different cultures and flavors. These recipes really reflect that!

Starters and Sides

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Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Popovers are light rolls made from an egg batter. The first written recipe originates from 19th century United States. In 1876, a popover recipe was featured in Practical Cooking and Dinner Giving by Mary Henderson. Popovers are an American version of Yorkshire pudding. Yorkshire pudding comes from 18th centuryContinue reading “Popovers”

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Garlic Knots

Bring the taste of a favorite pizzeria appetizer right to your kitchen! Garlic knots are mainly found at pizzerias around the United States. They are typically made from scraps of bread or pizza dough, covered in oil, herbs, and cheese then baked. Many people like to dip them in marinara sauce or use them toContinue reading “Garlic Knots”

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Chicken Noodle Soup

A warm comforting recipe from childhood! People of all ages love chicken noodle soup. Many countries have their own style of a soup with chicken and noodles in it. The version from this recipe was brought to the United States from Europe. Along with chicken pieces and noodles the popular soup would include vegetables likeContinue reading “Chicken Noodle Soup”

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Orzo Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is light and flavorful! Perfect for picnics and potlucks! This recipe is super easy! Orzo looks like rice, but it is actually a pasta! In Italian it is called risoni or “large grains of rice”. It is a short pasta, traditionally made with white flour, but can also be made with wholeContinue reading “Orzo Pasta Salad”

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Potatoes O’Brien

This potato dish is a perfect side dish for breakfast, but will also go great with corned beef for dinner! Potatoes O’Brien is a dish where potatoes are pan fried with bell peppers. This dish was invented in the United States, but the exact place of origin of the dish is often disputed. In theContinue reading “Potatoes O’Brien”

Gruyere Buttermilk Biscuits

These savory biscuits are lovely for breakfast and brunch, but also pair perfectly with dinner recipes! These are so simple to make you do not even need a biscuit cutter for this recipe! Gruyere is a cheese that comes from Fribourg, Switzerland. The name comes from the town of Gruyeres. The cheese has been describedContinue reading “Gruyere Buttermilk Biscuits”

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Easy Fried Calamari

This crispy dish makes for a lovely appetizer! Calamari translates to “squid” in Italian. When the word is heard in the United States it is associated with a dish of battered and deep fried squid rings and tentacles. The American calamari dish is typically served with a sauce, and is usually served as an appetizer.Continue reading “Easy Fried Calamari”

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Perfectly Grilled Corn

This summery side dish will bring joy and happiness to any barbecue or picnic! Corn, also known as maize, is an edible grain. This crop is one of the most widely distributed food crops in the world. It originated in the Americas. Corn was first domesticated about 10,000 years ago by the native people ofContinue reading “Perfectly Grilled Corn”

Main Dishes

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken

A plate of fried chicken is the ultimate comfort food! *Buttermilk substitute recipe included Despite its name buttermilk contains no butter. Originally, buttermilk was the liquid left behind after churning butter. Now in modern times it is homogenized and cultured. Buttermilk is enjoyed in many countries as a drink or as an ingredient in funContinue reading “Buttermilk Fried Chicken”

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Black Bean Mushroom Burgers

A vegetarian classic! Great for BBQs and picnics! Veggie burgers are a type of burger patty that does not include any meat. They are composed of ingredients like beans, grains, nuts, seeds, or fungi. Recipes for “vegetable” burgers containing no meat have been cited in print form as early as 1969. The first veggie burgerContinue reading “Black Bean Mushroom Burgers”

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Stuffed Cabbage

A delicious one-pot recipe! It tastes warm and comforting! Stuffed cabbage is a dish that includes cooked cabbage leaves filled with a variety of fillings. It can be filled with meat like beef, pork, or lamb. There is usually a grain like rice or barley. Sometimes mushrooms and vegetables are used in the filling. TheContinue reading “Stuffed Cabbage”

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Baked Lemon Tilapia

This fish dish is very easy to make! It is simple enough for a meal prep and elegant enough for a special dinner. Tilapia is a freshwater fish that belong to the cichlid family. The flesh of the tilapia is white, categorizing it as a white fish. It has a mild flavor which makes itContinue reading “Baked Lemon Tilapia”

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One Pan Lamb Dinner

Got a special occasion coming up? Create this simple yet elegant one pan dinner! I created this dish because I wanted to make something special for my anniversary dinner with my husband, but I also did not want to create a ton of dishes. By keeping the meal a one pan recipe I was ableContinue reading “One Pan Lamb Dinner”

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Chicken Fajitas for Two

Want a tasty, easy-to-make meal to share with that special someone? Look no further than Chicken Fajitas for Two! Fajitas were invented in Texas around the late 1930s or early 1940s. They were created by Mexican ranch workers that were living in West Texas, along the Texas/Mexico border. The ranch workers were given the tougher,Continue reading “Chicken Fajitas for Two”

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Baja Fish Tacos

A West Coast favorite! Eat them outside under the sunshine! Modern Baja Fish Tacos come from Baja California in Mexico. The tacos are filled with deep fried battered fish, and garnished with spicy mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, salsa, and lime wedges. They are a variation on the original fish taco invented by the indigenous people thatContinue reading “Baja Fish Tacos”

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Juicy Hamburgers

Fire up the grill and enjoy this juicy hamburger recipe! Hamburgers were created during the late eighteenth century in Hamburg, Germany. The Hamburg Steak was a German dish where low grade beef was shredded and flavored with regional spices, it was eaten both raw and cooked. The seaport town of Hamburg was teaming with sailors.Continue reading “Juicy Hamburgers”

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Baked Chicken Parmesan

This restaurant favorite is typically fried, but baking Chicken Parmesan will cut down on grease while still maintaining flavor! The dish, pollo alla parmigiana or Chicken Parmesan, was actually invented in the United States, not Italy. Chicken Parmesan is a variation on a traditional Sicilian dish, parmigiana di melanzane or Eggplant Parmesan. When immigrants fromContinue reading “Baked Chicken Parmesan”

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Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

These ribs are incredibly tender! They are so easy to make! Just place the ribs and sauce in a slow cooker, give them some time, and enjoy! Baby back ribs are the parts ribs that are connected to the backbone beneath the loin muscles. They are named “baby” because they are shorter than spare ribs.Continue reading “Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs”

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Sausage and Peppers

This simple dish is such a treat! Make it for parties or for a hearty lunch! Sausage and peppers is an Italian-American dish. The primary ingredients are Italian sausage and bell peppers. The dish can be eaten as a stand alone dish, it can be served with pasta, or made into a sandwich. There areContinue reading “Sausage and Peppers”

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Juicy Turkey Burgers

When you want a juicy burger that is a little easier on your heart, a turkey burger is a good way to go! Turkey is lean and delicious! Making Turkey Burgers is super easy! Hamburgers originate from the Hamburg Steak. Hamburg Steak was a German dish where low grade beef was shredded and flavored withContinue reading “Juicy Turkey Burgers”

Desserts and Baked Goods

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One Bowl Banana Pancakes

These pancakes taste just like banana bread! You only need one large bowl to mix everything in, so no extra dishes to clean up! Pancakes, also known as griddlecakes, hotcakes, and flapjacks, are flat cakes that are prepared in a frying pan or griddle. They are usually made from a starch-based batter that also containsContinue reading “One Bowl Banana Pancakes”

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Simple Pizza Dough Bagels

Pizza dough is so versatile! It is great for making bagels! Bagels are made out of flour, water, salt, yeast, and malt. Its dough is boiled and then baked. The earliest written references to bagels were from Krakow, Poland in 1610. Bagels were brought in the United States during the late 19th century by EasternContinue reading “Simple Pizza Dough Bagels”

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Lucky #7 Chocolate Cupcakes

Adults and children alike will love these cupcakes! Frosting recipes included. Cupcakes were first described in 1796 in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. It was described as “a light cake to bake in small cups”. The first documented time the term “cupcake” was used was in 1828 in Receipts a cookbook by Eliza Leslie. TheyContinue reading “Lucky #7 Chocolate Cupcakes”

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Small Special Occasion Cake

This small cake is great for anniversaries, a special date, a small celebration, or for a wedding couple celebrating with just each other! White wedding cakes used to be a sign of wealth, because white sugar was so expensive. It was Queen Victoria of England that set the trend for white wedding cakes, which eventuallyContinue reading “Small Special Occasion Cake”

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Chewy Chewbacca Wookie Cookies

Peanut butter cookies with a Star Wars Twist! A one bowl recipe! Chewbacca is a well loved character in the Star Wars franchise. Chewbacca “Chewie” is of the Wookie species from the planet Kashyyyk. His best friend is Captain Han Solo and together they have wonderful adventures! Chewbacca is a warrior, smuggler, and a resistanceContinue reading “Chewy Chewbacca Wookie Cookies”

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Banana Nut Muffins

A coffeehouse classic made right in your own kitchen! Some scientists believe that bananas were the first fruits. Bananas were believed to have originated around 10,000 years ago. The first bananas were thought to be grown in the area that embodies the Philippines, Malaya Peninsula, Indonesia, and New Guinea. The variety of banana that isContinue reading “Banana Nut Muffins”

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Strawberry Shortcake

An American favorite summertime treat! A shortcake is small sweet spongecake or an American style biscuit. Strawberry shortcake is a well-known dessert that includes shortcake, strawberries mixed with sugar that have sat for an hour and released their juices (macerated), and whipped cream. The first written recipe for strawberry shortcake appeared in a 1588 EnglishContinue reading “Strawberry Shortcake”

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Peach Cobbler for Two

A lovely dessert for picnics, barbecues, and potlucks now just for two people! Cobbler is a dessert that consists of fruit that is covered in batter or biscuit dough before it is baked. The cobbler recipes from the American South resemble a deep dish pie with a top and bottom crust. While in the UnitedContinue reading “Peach Cobbler for Two”

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Peach Pound Cake

This pound cake is moist and delicious! Baking with peaches makes this dessert perfect for summer! A pound cake is a kind of cake that is typically baked in a loaf pan or Bundt pan. Pound cake was created in Europe during the early 18th century. Early recipes for the cake included a pound ofContinue reading “Peach Pound Cake”

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Blueberry Muffins

This classic muffin is simple to make and tastes great! A one bowl baking recipe! Blueberries are native to America. All high bush commercial blueberries can trace its origins to the pine barrens of New Jersey. Elizabeth White, the daughter of a New Jersey cranberry farmer, wanted to grow an industry that cultivated blueberries. SheContinue reading “Blueberry Muffins”

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Cherry Muffins

These simple muffins are great for an elegant brunch or to eat as a weekday breakfast! The earliest written evidence about cherries was during 300 BCE, but archaeologists have discovered fossilized cherry pits from prehistoric times. Washington state grows about 62% of the United States’ sweet cherries. With California and Oregon, the three states togetherContinue reading “Cherry Muffins”

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Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes

These moist, fruity, delectable cupcakes will be the hit of any gathering! Make them for bridal showers, baby showers, or birthday parties! Cupcakes got their name from how they were originally prepared. Before muffin tins were invented cupcakes were baked in individual “cups” like ramekins, molds, or pottery cups. The first written description of cupcakesContinue reading “Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes”

Crunchy Plum Crisp

Crisps taste like pie, but are much easier to make! Make this crisp while the plums are in season! A crisp is a dessert where fruit is covered with a topping that is crisp and crumbly when baked. The crisp topping usually consists of butter, sugar, flour and sometimes oatmeal. The oatmeal gives the crispContinue reading “Crunchy Plum Crisp”

Apple Cider Pie Cheesecake

This cheesecake recipe brings together two of the most favored flavors of fall; apple cider and apple pie! It is delectable and will please a crowd! Cheesecake was created in 230 A. D. by the ancient Greeks. The Greek writer Athenaeus wrote first recorded recipe for cheesecake. The original recipe said to pound cheese untilContinue reading “Apple Cider Pie Cheesecake”

Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

These delectable cupcakes will be the hit of any Halloween gathering! They are adorably spooky! Halloween is a spooky holiday that is celebrated each year on October 31st. The holiday originated over 2,000 years ago from the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. It was observed on November 1st, it celebrated the new year, and peopleContinue reading “Spooky Halloween Cupcakes”

Apple Turnovers

These apple treats will bring a smile to any face! They are warm and delicious! This recipe is super simple! Apple turnovers were one of my favorite things to eat as a child. My father would buy them for me from the grocery store bakery and I would excitedly eat them for breakfast. He wouldContinue reading “Apple Turnovers”

Moist Apple Pound Cake

This pound cake is delicious and super simple to make! Have it for breakfast or serve it with tea! A pound cake is a kind of cake that is typically baked in a loaf pan or Bundt pan. Pound cake was created in Europe during the early 18th century. Early recipes for the cake includedContinue reading “Moist Apple Pound Cake”

Perfect Pumpkin Muffins

These pumpkin muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch! They will be loved by kids and adults alike! Pumpkins are a type of gourd. They are native to North America. They were brought to Europe during an event called the “Columbian Exchange”. The pumpkins grown in the New England part of North America were inContinue reading “Perfect Pumpkin Muffins”

Wonderful Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin waffles are amazing for breakfast or brunch! The whole family will love them! Pumpkins are a versatile gourd that are native to North America. They were brought to Europe during an event called the “Columbian Exchange”. Pumpkins grown in the New England were known to be larger, tastier, and more plentiful than the onesContinue reading “Wonderful Pumpkin Waffles”

Easy Royal Icing

Bring your cookie and cake decorating to a whole new level with this beautiful and shiny icing! Perfect for sugar cookies! The shiny Royal Icing will make your homemade cookies look professional! Royal icing is a type of icing that is typically made from confectioner sugar, flavorings, and sometimes egg whites or meringue powder. ItContinue reading “Easy Royal Icing”

Easy Chocolate Brownies

Who doesn’t love chocolate? These chocolate brownies are so easy to create, include your children in the baking process! Everyone will love them! A brownie is a square or rectangular chocolate baked good. They can be cakey or fudge-like in texture. Sometimes they may include things like chocolate chips, nuts, or other ingredients. The brownieContinue reading “Easy Chocolate Brownies”

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Sour Cream Pancakes

The sour cream makes these pancakes super moist and fluffy! These are perfect when you want pancakes that are not too sweet! There is archaeological evidence that suggests that pancakes were eaten in prehistoric societies over 30,000 years ago. Pancakes are also known as griddlecakes, hotcakes, and flapjacks. They are flat cakes that are preparedContinue reading “Sour Cream Pancakes”

Delicious Donut Cake

Want to make that delicious donut taste from your own kitchen with no frying required? Look no further than my Delicious Donut Cake! It is moist, delectable, and easy to make. Eat it for breakfast or for dessert! One of the things I noticed when I was living in California’s Bay Area was the donuts.Continue reading “Delicious Donut Cake”

Beautiful Beignets

Beignets are a famous treat that are beloved by people all over the world. Learn how to make them in your own kitchen. Just try not to wear black clothing when you eat the final product! A beignet is a deep fried pastry that is covered in powdered sugar. Beignets are the official state doughnutContinue reading “Beautiful Beignets”

Silky Smores Cheesecake

Let’s combine the toasty flavors of smores with the creamy decadence of cheesecake! It will be enjoyed by everybody! The “Some More” was a recipe from the 1927 Girl Scout Guidebook Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. The original recipe was meant to feed 16 Girl Scouts. The recipe included 16 graham crackers, 16Continue reading “Silky Smores Cheesecake”


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Very Berry Smoothie for One

This mixed berry smoothie is perfect when you want to drink an explosion of fruit! A smoothie is a beverage where fruit and sometimes vegetables are pureed together using a blender. The base of a smoothie is usually fruit juice or yogurt, but sometimes it can be plant milk or water. Many people enjoy addingContinue reading “Very Berry Smoothie for One”


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