There’s something about a backyard cookout, or any entertaining occasion in the summer, that just cries out for all-American food.
Of course, depending on where you live or grew up, your definition of all-American food may vary.
Your best food memories probably are linked to what grew abundantly around you, and the culinary traditions of not just your family, but your hometown.
From Chicago? You probably can’t imagine a baseball game or cookout without a real Chicago hot dog.
Grow up in Georgia? Your favorite summer desserts almost certainly involve peaches. Ever live anywhere along the Gulf coast, or spend much time in Louisiana? Crawfish are probably part of your culinary DNA.
To us, the best summer feasts are those that combine the best of all worlds–a little bit from around here, a lot from all over, and plenty of fresh, in season treats. For instance, serve traditional Texas barbecue with homemade potato chips, or finish off a lunch of Chicago ‘dogs and Idaho potato chips with a rich, chocolate Mississippi mud pie.
Mix and match a few of these all-American summer dishes, and cook up a new warm-weather dining tradition of your own.