• Bumbleberry Pie

    All sorts of berries are available for picking when summer comes to South Dakota, and bakers make the most of them in pies. The one known as bumbleberry is especially popular in local cafes. It is a mix of whatever’s ripe, usually including blueberries, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, and, when available, huckleberries.

  • Oyster Roast

    The oyster roast is a cultural touchstone of the Lowcountry – a communal feast where amenities are minimal and camaraderie is huge. It is centered around oysters that have been covered with wet burlap over smoldering charcoal, wallowing in their juices. More warmed than cooked, they retain all the sensual mouth feel of raw ones … Continue reading Oyster Roast

  • Poutine

    One way to refer to yukky leftovers in colloquial Quebecoise is to call them poutine. At its worst, poutine can indeed be awful. But made right, it is transcendent. It must start with excellent French fries (twice fried), which are a staple at roadside snack bars throughout the province. Top the hot spuds with squeaky-fresh … Continue reading Poutine

  • Barbecue Fried Chicken

    Outstanding fried chicken is a staple throughout North Carolina, but Keaton’s of Statesville takes it to a higher plane. Once fried to a crisp, pieces of juicy bird get a quick dip in Keaton’s zesty hot sauce, which somehow gets sucked through the skin and into the meat down to the bone. The result: a … Continue reading Barbecue Fried Chicken

  • Green Chile Cheeseburger

    Down along the Rio Grande in New Mexico’s Mesilla Valley, where most long green chilies grow, cheeseburgers are draped with whole chile pods that have been roasted, peeled and seeded. To the north, the custom is to chop chilies and lay them atop hamburgers, then blanket the chiles with cheese or, alternatively, to first apply … Continue reading Green Chile Cheeseburger

  • Puffy Tacos

    Scottsbluff, Nebraska, has been home to immigrants from Texas and Mexico for nearly a century; and it boasts restaurants that reflect that southwestern flavor. The custom in many of them is to flash-fry corn chips and tortillas so they puff up in the oil and become as three-dimensional as a sopaipilla – airy breadstuffs with … Continue reading Puffy Tacos