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Bet your state doesn't have these

by Larry Greenly » Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:01 pm

New Mexico has an official food question: Red or green?

New Mexico also has an official cookie: the bizcochito (a butter cookie flavored with anise and cinnamon).

Any food-related official references in your state?
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by Bill Buitenhuys » Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:12 pm

A few official foods from MA and when designated...

bean..Baked navy bean (1993)
berry..cranberry (1994)
beverage..cranberry juice (1970)
cookie..chocolate chip (1997)
dessert..boston cream pie (1996)
donut...boston cream (2003)
fish...Cod (early 1800's?)
muffin..corn (1986)
game bird ...turkey (1991)
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by Randy Buckner » Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:14 pm

This site sums up all of that stuff....
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by Paul Winalski » Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:24 am

Connecticut, where I grew up, is the Nutmeg State. The nickname harkens back to the colonial era, when nutmeg and other spices were outrageously expensive. Unscrupulous Connecticut residents carved fake nutmegs out of wood, infused them with a bit of nutmeg oil to give them the proper smell, and foisted them off on a gullible public. "Yankee traders", to be sure!

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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by Bernard Roth » Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:18 am

Larry Greenly wrote:New Mexico has an official food question: Red or green?


What kind of question is that? The answer is always Christmas, so why have the question in the first place? :-)
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by Larry Greenly » Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:34 am

It's frequently "Christmas" with me, but not always. It depends.
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by Robin Garr » Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:00 am

Larry Greenly wrote:New Mexico has an official food question: Red or green?


Hey, Louisville has that question, too! Only it's not about food, it's about traffic lights. "Which one do you proceed directly forward on?"

The answer, of course, being "both."
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by Maria Samms » Wed Jan 24, 2007 10:27 am

Robin Garr wrote:
Larry Greenly wrote:New Mexico has an official food question: Red or green?


Hey, Louisville has that question, too! Only it's not about food, it's about traffic lights. "Which one do you proceed directly forward on?"

The answer, of course, being "both."


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Gosh...I don't know about NJ! I know that within NJ the corn and tomatos are famous...I mean, we are the "Garden State"...LOL! Maybe Gary, Bob, or the other Jerseyians know.
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by John Tomasso » Wed Jan 24, 2007 10:32 am

Larry Greenly wrote:
New Mexico also has an official cookie: the bizcochito


FWIW, bizcochito seems to be the diminutive of bizcocho, which, in Mexican slang, has nothing to do with cookies........
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by Ryan D » Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:22 am

For New Jersey:
The official fruit is the blueberry.
The official fish is the brook trout.
The state vegetable is the tomato.

New Jersey is the nation's 2nd highest producer of blueberries, 3rd highest producer of peppers, 4th of peaches, 3rd of cranberries, and I believe we are the nation's leading producer of eggplant.
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by Larry Greenly » Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:39 am

Continuing with New Mexico:

State vegetables: chiles and frijoles
State fish: cutthroat trout
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by Maria Samms » Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:01 pm

Thanks Ryan! I didn't know that!

btw, I had to totally LOL at your quote...I love Fawlty Towers...and that quote really fits into the whole claret discussion on the wine board.
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by RichardAtkinson » Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:37 pm

Well…it looks like the state has been busy for the last 10 yrs or so adopting all sorts of new symbols. I suppose its too much to expect to get politicians to quit working on inanities and do something about out of control property taxes.

In any case, here’s the list…

Bread...Pan de Campo (2005)
Cooking Implement...Cast Iron Dutch Oven (2005)
Fish...Guadalupe Bass (1989)
Fruit...Texas Red Grapefruit (1993)
Nut...Pecan (2001)
Chile...Chiltepins (1997)
Vegetable...Sweet Onion (1997)
Dish...Chili (1977)

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by Robert J. » Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:39 pm

Texas - Chili (no beans, thank you).
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by Thomas » Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:39 pm

Hasn't anyone ever heard of New York Strip? (The steak, not the club in Manhattan.)
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by Ryan D » Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:50 pm

I had one last night.
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by Carl Eppig » Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:56 pm

New Hampshire is the granite state. I guess that comes into use when you're stoned.
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by Bernard Roth » Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:22 pm

Here is an interesting site:

http://www.netstate.com/states/tables/state_food.htm

It appears to not be complete.
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by Jenise » Thu Jan 25, 2007 1:24 pm

We have an official state fish, which is eminently edible so it could be called food-related: the steelhead trout. We also have an official state fruit, the apple.

Your question prompted me to look into other official state things, of which the most interesting is perhaps that we have an official state folk song, which is not to be confused with the official state song. It came about because in the early 40's, the Bonneville Power Administration produced a movie encouraging rural residents in the Pacific Northwest to electrify their homes and farms with the power being generated by the newly-built Bonneville and Grand Coulee Dams on the Columbia River. They hired Woody Guthrie to write some songs for the film. The most popular was "Roll on, Columbia, Roll on", though it wasn't until 1987 that the song was made the official state folksong. Interesting factoid: Guthrie was paid $270 and given 30 days to write the songs.
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by Larry Greenly » Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:06 pm

Not to oneupmanship you--er, oneuppersonship--you, but New Mexico has something like 4-6 songs, with another possible one being considered in the state senate this year.
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by James Roscoe » Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:36 pm

Ryan D wrote:I had one last night.


Was it a tease?
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by Karen/NoCA » Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:28 pm

California is indeed the land of plenty. Here are a few of the foods indigenous to our state.

Golden trout, sourdough bread, smoothies, raisins, cobb salad, nuts, avocado, California Rolls, oranges, ciappino
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Re: Bet your state doesn't have these

by Larry Greenly » Fri Jan 26, 2007 1:05 am

I know a few of them are official state foods, but are all of your "indigenous" foods officially recognized?
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by Karen/NoCA » Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:03 pm

I have no clue if they are "recognized" Larry. They are "typical" of what is here.

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