Food says so much about where you’ve come from, where you’ve decided to go, and the lessons you’ve learned. It’s geography, politics, tradition, belief and so much more and this week, we invite you to dig in and discover the rich, ever-evolving taste of America in 2011. The week will culminate with a Secret Supper in New York City, and Eatocracy invites you to participate online starting Monday July 11th at 6:30 p.m. E.T.
In 2011, food is no longer tied to a specific location. Thanks to the internet and an explosion of restaurants with food from around the globe (not to mention good old family tradition), CNN iReport's Cultural Census shows that you can eat any kind of food you want without traveling far.
Turkish cuisine is no problem for Chad Tew of Evansville, Indiana.
Tew explains, “Although normally there is more rice than bread in a Turkish meal, it still is traditional and Turkish. Two slices of homemade bread, one with a walnut, tomato paste, cheese, garlic, oil mixture and the other with fresh honey; poğaça, which is a traditional pastry filled with feta cheese; cannellini beans with hard boiled egg slices; pita bread and cheese; and black olives. Turkish hot tea in a glass (be sure to hold it by the rim of the glass so you don't burn your fingers!).”
He told us, “I love the variety of food that exists in the United States. I think the food we eat says a lot about who we are, but it also places us in our time. I can't help but think that what we eat, day in and day out, is part of a bigger picture. I wanted to put my dinner into perspective for me and for others.”
iReporter Janie Lambert is the perfect example of social media expanding one’s horizons. Fellow iReporter Janet Bollero is staying in her home recently, and has been sharing some of her favorite recipes: “She is American Italian and Argentine descent. We are enjoying all the different dishes from Italy, Argentina and Jim's Caribbean specialties.”
Lambert says about the video shot on one particular April evening, “Janet prepared polenta cooked in garlic, with added Mozzarella and Romano cheese, homemade sauce as well a homemade New York Style Pizza crust and all with some anchovies. Not real sure about the anchovies.”
Lambert also gave us the update for Wednesday night’s menu: homemade biscotti.
It took Oregonian Sarah Stick from about an hour to make eggplant moussaka. She says she likes to experiment various ethnic cuisines.
She describes this dish as “total comfort food.”
Traditional Salvadoran tamales are the perfect holiday meal, according to Roberto Ayala Franco in Boston, Massachusetts.
San Diegan Nia Gamboa’s family serves Filipino food for dinner. Their typical meal includes sinigang, adobo, menudo and lumpia.
“When my family and I want to do some home American cooking we usually cook either steak or pasta,” she says.
“Since my dad is in the Navy we have the benefits of going to the base and buying our food there which is called the Commissary, it's usually cheaper and we don't have to pay tax. That's where my mom buys the ingredients to make us steak. We have an air force base five minutes away from our house. And a block away from our house we have an Asian market called Seafood City, where we buy our huge sacks of rice.”
Is there a taste of home you cannot live without? Share your photos and participate in the CNN iReport cultural census. We can’t wait to see what you have for dinner.