01 Instant Salads of the Midwest
In the American heartland, the term salad adheres to regional vernacular and often has nothing to do with vegetables. One example, Jell-O Salad rose to prominence as an easy, affordable way for housewives to prepare something new and stylish. Using a packet of instant gelatin, these molded salads could contain almost anything, sweet or savory.
02 Beefy Handwarmers
Members of the Russian-German community opened small shops dedicated to these handheld, spiced meat pockets, which grew so popular that they spawned a chain. The first runza store opened in 1949. Today, there are about 85. Locals eat runzas regularly, but they are especially abundant at football games, where they’re used as edible hand warmers.
03 Cinnamon-Flavored Bugs
Harvested from their mountain homes, these ancient stink bugs— jumiles—are commonly doused with lime, wrapped in tortillas and consumed while the bug still has full capacity of its scuttling legs. An annual Jumil Day honoring them takes place on the Monday after the Day of the Dead because many locals believe the insects are the reincarnation of their ancestors.
04 Acadian Gathering Pie
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