IT’S AMAZING WHAT THEY FRY THESE DAYS
By Linda & George Meyers, Culinary Patrol
We love taking road trips in our motorhome when we’re not at our cooking schools and we’ll often tailgate or cook at friend’s homes. Food is such an important part of our lives that eating is always a part of the day’s agenda! Most recently we had a chance to take a quick summer break with our five grandchildren and we hit the road in the Northeastern US to visit Hersey, Pennsylvania, Atlantic City, and a number of other spots along the way.
One of the things we love to do is sample the various regional culinary specialties and taste what people are dishing up. In the past we’ve taken snack food tours and other behind-the-scenes adventures because we love to see how food is made in different parts of the world. Since it’s summertime, we know there are a lot of state fairs going on across the country, and we’re always intrigued to hear about what they’ve decided to deep fry. If this isn’t traditional Americana cuisine, we don’t know what is.
Doing a little research about America’s latest frying habits, we checked out this article in Food & Wine Magazine and had fun going through the list of some of “America’s Wacky Fair Foods.” They are frying up beer in Texas and butterballs in Montana and we were amazed to see things like fried ice cream (Florida), fried jelly beans (Massachusetts), fried Pepsi (South Carolina), and even deep-fried mashed potatoes (Oklahoma).
Needless to say still couldn’t believe our eyes when we arrived in Atlantic City and walked the famous boardwalk to find a plethora of fried goodies awaiting us. We saw fried cookies, fried pickles, fried candy bars, and yes, even fried cheesecake! This was one item we couldn’t pass up and we had to say we actually liked the fried cheesecake! Come on…you have to indulge a little bit every now and again don’t you?
So what’s the strangest fried item you’ve ever eaten? It’s okay — we won’t tell anyone.