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I promised my dad I would help him out, so that's what I'll do if some of you can give me ideas

In two weeks we are giving a party for my brother who got offered a job in NYC. He has lived in Belgium, The Netherlands, France and will be living in the US. For our party we'll make some traditional dishes from all these countries. We're all very familiar with the kitchen from Belgium and our neighbouring countries, so no problem there, but from the US we only know the fast food, and it would be nice to serve our guests something different than hamburgers and hot dogs

So could you name some traditional American dishes, please? (Just names and/or pictures, I'll look the recipes up on the internet )
Preferably cold, since we're putting as much as we can on the table when everyone arrives, so people can choose when and what they eat

I've heard of things like pumpkin pies. Is that eaten cold?
For desert we're planning on making a cheesecake.

Other ideas?
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I can't think of a lot of traditional "American" dishes. What we do is basically is assimilate lots of food and techniques from other countries and do them with indigenous ingredients.

If you want something fairly traditional you can try roasting a turkey (it was just Thanksgiving) or maybe a lobster bake. Perhaps a cedar plank roasted salmon. And for desert apple pie, cheesecake, pumpkin pie...







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I promised my dad I would help him out, so that's what I'll do if some of you can give me ideas

In two weeks we are giving a party for my brother who got offered a job in NYC. He has lived in Belgium, The Netherlands, France and will be living in the US. For our party we'll make some traditional dishes from all these countries. We're all very familiar with the kitchen from Belgium and our neighbouring countries, so no problem there, but from the US we only know the fast food, and it would be nice to serve our guests something different than hamburgers and hot dogs

So could you name some traditional American dishes, please? (Just names and/or pictures, I'll look the recipes up on the internet )
Preferably cold, since we're putting as much as we can on the table when everyone arrives, so people can choose when and what they eat

I've heard of things like pumpkin pies. Is that eaten cold?
For desert we're planning on making a cheesecake.

Other ideas?
Apple Pie is the Traditional AMerican dessert. It can be served cold (room temperature) or heated with ice cream ("pie ala mode" )


Other American Dishes:

HOT DOGS

HAMBURGERS

FRIED CHICKEN


PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY







PIZZA

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Yankee Magazine is my all time favorite monthly and it is well known for its many recipes:


http://www.yankeemagazine.com/food/index.php


and here's an overview of NYC cuisine:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_cuisine



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Junior's Cheesecake from downtown Brooklyn is world famous:



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not an American but nosied my way into your thread nontheless ...

pumpkin pie can be served cold. after its been sitting awhile, some folks nuke it and serve with whipped or iced cream. aint nothing wrong with room temperature pumpkin pie.

mac & cheese, colesaw, potato salad ... are great at room temp.

you're in cold country, NY in the wintertime. i suggest some warm items. soups are prolly the best way to warm the folks that braved the cold to make it to your place. keep 'em on low flame and award to your guests as they arrive.

good luck!

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Dont forget, American cuisine is also FUSION cuisine! =) So if you wanna go combine styles like do Mexican Fusion or Asian Fusion that could work.

but cuz he's moving to NYC, maybe u want to get more specific and cook some NYC food. Something which are very american but specific to locales like gumbo (louisiana) or spam sushi (hawaii) are kind of irrelevant to NYC. I dont know much about NYC, but here's a wikipedia thing for cuisine of nyc.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_cuisine

serving him Manhattan Clam chowder, greasy pastrami sandwich, cheesecake, PIZZA, or a nice big fat slab of steak or a steak diane with mashed potatoes and onions and a traditional house salad or green beans could do the trick.

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if u have a wide table layed out, u might want to try doing some NACHOs, GRAPES, &/or cheeses cuz i see those often when i go to functions. Those are all finger foods which can be served cold. Nachos might be more specifically american than the other 2.

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Chitlins
BBQ Ribs
BBQ aka pulled pork
fried Chicken
Macaroni and Cheese (not sure about this one but we make it as a casserole )
Gumbo (new orleans style)
Chicago style Pizza
Cornbread...
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You could server martinis, which are all the rage now. But they are not just regular martinis - gin with vermouth - now martinis are many different kinds like apple, lemon, etc.

If you are interested in this let me know and I'll get you some more info.

Foods: I'll just list some stuff I have seen/had at recent parties (note myself and my friends are mostly vegetarians) -

guacamole with tortilla chips

chocolate cake

celery and carrot sticks - sometimes broccoli is there too - and often there is a dip which is make of Ranch dressing

hummus with pita triangles

shrimp with cocktail sauce

vegetables grilled on skewers (mushroom, zucchini, tomato, pepper, etc.)

potato salad (that is boiled potatoes chopped up, salt and pepper, mayonnaise, hard boiled egg, diced celery, scallion, etc.)

cheese and crackers

sushi

Christmas cookies

brownies

cupcakes

potato chips

artichoke dip

pizza

mini quiches

spanikopita triangles

fruit salad

spinach balls (love these!)

deviled eggs


If you want to know how to make any of these, just let me know.
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Something reallllly easy that tastes really good...go and get you a pilsbury supermoist YELLOW cake, follow the instructions in the back except substitute water with 7up, oil with butter (sweet cream butter pref.) add a little teaspoon of vanilla extract in the batter. Blend on high until the batter is reallllllly smooth. Get you some walnuts and fry them in butter, brown sugar, and regular sugar..place them at the bottom of the pan, and pour the mix in. After the cake is finished and cool, flip the pan..and you now have a very easy and delicious 7-Up Cake.

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Chitlins
BBQ Ribs
BBQ aka pulled pork
fried Chicken
Macaroni and Cheese (not sure about this one but we make it as a casserole )
Gumbo (new orleans style)
Chicago style Pizza
Cornbread...
also

pigfeet
hoghead cheese
Pender's Liver Pudding
saltpork
collard Greens cooked with fatback and bacon grease
bbq neckbones
Banana Pudding (I don't know if that is uniquely American)
Jello (ditto)
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also

pigfeet
hoghead cheese
Pender's Liver Pudding
saltpork
collard Greens cooked with fatback and bacon grease
bbq neckbones
Banana Pudding (I don't know if that is uniquely American)
Jello (ditto)
and

Philly Cheesesteak
Submarine Sandwich
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Junior's Cheesecake from downtown Brooklyn is world famous:


you know i really didnt think juniors cheese cake was all that good. it was good. dont get me wrong. but i would of never placed it as world famous, but sooooo many people disagree, so maybe its just me

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Anything that is deep fried

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