New York State’s official and unique foods

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The State Flag depicts the Great Seal of the State of New York (pictured right) on a blue background. In the centre of the Great Seal is a shield, which shows two ships on a river; in the background are three mountains and centred above is a golden sun in a blue sky. Above the shield is an American eagle, wings spread, atop a globe. The figures on either side of the shield represent Liberty and Justice. On a banner below is the State motto, Excelsior, which means “Ever Upward.”

Source: New York State Library

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A popular choice in the USA

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Here are a variety of  recipes to try

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Also in other States, but a wonderful fish to cook with. Here is another recipe.

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Apples are such a popular fruit, and so great to cook with, very versatile and lots of varieties available. Everyone’s taste buds can be catered for from sweet to sour.

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You might wonder why on a food blog I mention roses, but they are a wonderful way to infuse a gentle scent into food or to add a touch of colour.  You can add rose petals to ice cubes, or make an ice rose bowl, infuse the petals in water- that you can use in a simple syrup for candies, or as plain water in the iron for fragranced clothes. Place them in sponge cakes (white cake) they add a beautiful fragrance.

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The milk production in NY is a huge industry, so the reason they chose yoghurt is not a mystery really. Some of the biggest yoghurt producers are bases there- Chobani, Fage, Dannon to name a few. It is shipped worldwide and NY is very proud of its dairy heritage.

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Apple muffins are a delight to make, and I think herald the arrival of fall, the gorgeous smell of apples cooking in the oven is a smell I associate with the autumnal months and that Christmas is coming. I enjoy the spices that also go so well with apple- like nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. here is a recipe, not my own, which I can see I need to add to my site!

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The Maple tree is a hardwood that is great but better known for the sap that is taken from the trunk – maple syrup. I definitely associate maple syrup with Canada, so will need to go and try the NY style and see what the difference is. Here is a link to the Maple Syrup industry of NY. They are proud and loud! so do go and try some.

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Buffalo wings are famous the world over now, I think places like TGI Fridays and Hard Rock Café that made them worldwide – but when in NY you learn that Buffalo wings originated in Buffalo, NY. Who knew there was a place called Buffalo. I am lucky enough to have now been there many times and have tried the wings from there. I must confess to not being a fan of eating when I get messy, so I do not eat them often at all- but a pride and joy of NY State for sure.

Many places make good wings, but if you want authentic Buffalo wings, go to the place believed to have invented them in 1964, Anchor Bar.

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This is a dish made famous in Rochester NY. The Huffington Post has a great article on this dish. Basically, it is an overflowing plate of carbs that will help you survive a hangover!

 

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Behold, all you carb and protein lovers, this is the dish for you. Marinated, zippy meat stuck on a skewer and grilled (or pan-fried), then laid inside a bready roll to be consumed at every Upstate festival, fair and backyard cookout of your choosing. If one were to present a quintessential taste of Upstate New York, it would be this, the spiedie (on a paper plate with a side of butter-slathered salt potatoes and a ear of sweet corn).

source: This website.

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NY, NY is famous for such a variety of cuisine, the immigrant population that arrived has made NY, NY a place you would find amazing food from many cultures. When I was researching the foods/dishes/cuisines I was blown away at the variety, and I have been to New York many times, which is how I know the variety mind-boggling. Just checking out Wikipedia you will get a great overview. Pizza, bagels, pretzels..the list is long. Each county in NY seems to have a speciality that it is proud of, so as you travel around the State, find the local speciality.

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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.