Devil's Food Cake
As decadently dark, sinful, and tempting as its name implies, devil’s food cake was invented in the early 1900s as an antipode to the already famed angel food cake. It emerged at a time when baking chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder became readily available and affordable, and has been an all-time favorite ever since.

Among a number of other chocolate-battered cakes, the first recipes actually dubbed devil’s food appeared in 1902, one published in Mrs. Rorer’s New Cook Book, and the other in The New Dixie Receipt Book in which it was slyly subtitled “Fit for Angels”.
BLT Sandwich

Crispy, crunchy and salty bacon, fresh, slightly acidic tomatoes, chilled lettuce, mayonnaise, and toast – there is little, if no excuses for error while making a BLT sandwich. However, there are strict rules regarding the ingredients, according to food critic Mimi Sheraton: the bacon has to be hot, freshly fried and extremely crispy, the tomatoes must be ripe and sliced thinly, the lettuce must have bite and flavor, so iceberg lettuce is forbidden, and the bread should be toasted until golden-brown.

The origins of BLT are hard to pin down, but some claim it was developed from bacon sandwiches that were originally prepared for teatime in the English countryside since Victorian times. BLT sandwich first appeared in British cookbooks in the late 1920s, and its popularity boomed in America after World War II due to these important factors: lettuce and tomato became available in supermarkets and women, who were usually housewives, began to work outside their homes in much greater numbers than before the war.


Detroit-Style Pizza

Detroit-style pizza is a square pizza characterized by a thick deep-dish crisp crust and inverted toppings. Cheese is applied directly to the top of the dough, followed by a thick tomato sauce that is seasoned with garlic and spices. The most common topping is pepperoni, put either on top of the sauce or buried underneath the cheese.

Detroit-style pizza can be traced back to Buddy’s Rendezvous in 1946, and thanks to its popularity, it is now available nationwide. This dish is best paired with beer or wine.



Oysters Rockefeller is a popular American appetizer consisting of oysters served on half-shells that are topped with ingredients such as butter sauce, bread crumbs, and various green herbs such as parsley. They are then either broiled or baked.

The appetizer was invented in 1899 in America’s oldest family-run restaurant called Antoine’s in New Orleans, when Jules Alciatore, the original owner’s son adapted his father’s signature dish known as escargot Bourguignon, but he replaced the snails with oysters, a local food source that was abundant in the area.

Oyster Rockefeller was born, and the original recipe is still a closely-guarded secret of Antoine’s.



This timeless classic consists of a sponge cake base that is topped with ice cream, and the whole combination is then encased in lightly torched or browned meringue. There are many conflicting stories regarding its origin, but it is believed that a predecessor of baked Alaska might be omelette Norvegienne – a French invention that featured layers of cake and ice cream that were covered in meringue and then broiled.

In the US, it is accepted that baked Alaska first appeared under the name Alaska Florida at Delmonico’s restaurant in New York sometime in the mid-1850s. It was an invention of pastry chef Charles Ranhofer, and it originally consisted of banana ice cream, walnut spice cake, and meringue.


The first Mission burrito was made either at El Faro taqueria in San Francisco’s Mission District on September 26, 1961 or at La Cumbre taqueria on September 29, 1969. The burrito is quite large and consists of a big, press-steamed tortilla that is usually filled with baked beans, rice, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, shredded lettuce, and jalapeños.

It should always be served wrapped in tin foil, ensuring that the tortilla doesn’t break due to its size. There is also a popular practice of adding some salsa to the burrito in between bites to make it even juicier.


Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is an old dish that has been prepared since Medieval times in Europe and the Middle East. However, it is extremely beloved and defining in the cuisine of New Orleans. The dish consists of stale bread that is bathed in a combination of milk, sugar, eggs, nuts, and fruits, and is then baked into a delicious dessert.

It can be consumed either hot as a pudding or cold as a cake. In the past, there was a practice of hollowing out a loaf which then acted as a container for a sweet dish. There are numerous variations of bread pudding, from Egypt and Turkey to India and Malaysia.

Barbecue Ribs

Originally an American invention, succulent and smoky barbecue ribs have become one of the most famous dishes in the world. The dish is typically prepared with pork ribs, usually spareribs or the tender, leaner baby back ribs. Pork is the obvious choice for the dish since it tends to be juicier on the bone, allowing the meat to come right off after the grilling process.

It is one of the barbecued dishes which leans on the American-style grilling, in which the meat is cooked long, slow, and at a low temperature. To give the ribs their distinct taste and texture, they are always treated before grilling. Two most common ways include marinating and dry-rubbing.
Collard Greens

Belonging to the Brassica oleracea family, collard greens are a type of green leafy vegetable that is characterized by thick leaves with tough stems and a slightly bitter flavor that is eliminated through cooking. This vegetable has long been appreciated in the traditional cuisine of the American South, and it has been recognized as the official state vegetable of South Carolina on June 2, 2011.

Even though collard greens are commonly eaten raw and can easily lend themselves to various cooking methods – steaming, frying, or sautéing – the most traditional way to enjoy them in the South is slow-cooked in water or broth along with smoky cured meats such as ham hock, bacon, ham, pork jowl, or smoked turkey wings or legs.





Burrito is a dish consisting of a wheat flour tortilla that is wrapped in such a way that it is possible to fully enclose the flavorful filling on the interior. The filling consists of a combination of various ingredients such as meat, beans, rice, lettuce, guacamole, and cheese, among others.

Its name means little donkey in Spanish, and a popular theory suggests that it stems from the way the bedrolls and packs appeared on the donkeys that carried them. Some claim that the dish originated in the 19th century by either the vaqueros in Northern Mexico, farmers in California, or the miners from Sonora.


Modern American barbecue stems directly from barbacoa, the tradition of smoke-cooking meat which Caribbean natives were doing long before the colonists arrived. Today, the centuries-old technique of smoking whole hogs over a pit is now common in both Virginia and North Carolina.

Barbecue was originally found mostly in rural areas, but in recent years it has moved to bigger cities, and how could it not with the aromatic and fragrant appeal of tender, juicy meats, elevating the mouth-watering bites to cult status. Varieties of barbecue are greatly linked to geography with styles varying wildly from North to South and East to West.


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