Hungry for Knowledge?
By: Lolita Moore

We all love a good meal, a sweet treat, and a nice refreshing beverage, but we often don't think about what states are known for these delicious items, or what states have adopted these items as their own. Many states (by law) have adopted official state beverages, fruits, vegetables, fish, etc. A few states have even adopted official state dishes or baked goods. For example, Georgia's state prepared food is "grits." Maryland's state dessert is "Smith Island Cake." Massachusetts' state dessert is "muffins." According to research, the school children of Massachusetts petitioned for the "corn muffin", a staple of New England cooking, and the Legislature made it official in 1986. The state's dessert is the "Boston Cream Pie," and the state's cookie is "The Chocolate Chip Cookie."
Hope I haven't made you too hungry! Each of the 50 states is known for some type of food(s) or beverage(s). Prepare yourself to be full of knowledge.

Alabama: Pecan Pie
Alaska: SalmonArizona: Chile Con Queso, Tortillas, and SalsaArkansas: Milk, Pink Tomato, Broiled Mountain Trout, and Broiled QuailCalifornia: California Style Pizza, Cobb Salad, Avocados, Figs, Walnuts, and GarlicColorado: Rocky Mountain Rainbow TroutConnecticut: NutmegDelaware: Crab PuffsFlorida: PompanoGeorgia: Peaches, Peanuts, Pecans, and Vidalia OnionsHawaii: Luaus, Loco Moco, Pineapple, Fresh Fruit, and SpamIdaho: PotatoesIllinois: White Tailed DeerIndiana: Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, Pork & Beans, and Sugar Cream PieIowa: Quaker OatsKansas: Wheat Bread and Chicken Fried SteakKentucky: Burgoo, Kentucky Hot Brown, Derby Pie, Chocolate Gravy, and Woodford PuddingLouisiana: King Cake, Natchitoches Meat Pies, Pralines, Tabasco Sauce, and Creole CuisinesMaine: Lobsters, Potatoes, Blueberries, and BeansMaryland: Crab Cakes, Beaten Bisuits, and Fried ChickenMassachusetts: Clam Chowder, Cod Cakes, Graham Crackers, and CranberriesMichigan: Cherries, Mint, and BeansMinnesota: Wild Rice, Walleye, Blueberries, Spam, and Butter SculptureMississippi: Mud Pie, Pralines, Cajun Fried Pecans, Shrimp, and Sweet Potato Crunch PieMissouri: Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken, Ozark Pudding, Crayfish, and Frontier FoodsMontana: Buffalo Burgers and Homesteader FoodWaysNebraska: Kool-Aid, Omaha Steaks, Runza Sandwiches, and WatermelonNevada: Corn Cakes, Batter Biscuits, and Baked Cream Chicken PioneerNew Hampshire: Corn ChowderNew Jersey: Jersey Skillet Apples, Carrot Tea Cakes, and Pumpkin BreadNew Mexico: Biscochito (sugar cookies), Roasted Chilies, and PistachiosNew York: Apple Muffins, Jell-O, Salt Potatoes, Potato Chips, and SpiediesNorth Carolina: Barbecue, Moravian Cookies, Sweet Potatoes, and LivermushNorth Dakota: Perch and Cream of WheatOhio: Shaker Lemon Pie, Buckeye Candy, and Tomato JuiceOklahoma: Fried Okra, Squash, Cornbread, Barbecue Pork, Biscuits, and Sausage and Gravy (state's official meal)Oregon: Hazelnuts, Blackberries, Marionberries, Peppermint, and Dungeness CrabPennsylvania: Shoofly Pie, Scrapple, A.P. cookies, and Lebanon BolognaRhode Island: Johnnycakes (cornbread) and Coffee MilkSouth Carolina: Rice and Frogmore StewSouth Dakota: Kuchen (Coffee Cake)Tennessee: Stack CakeTexas: Breakfast Tacos, Sweet Onions, Kolache, Chili, Barbecue, and Pan De CampoUtah: Honey, Utah Scones, Green Jell-O, and Pastrami BurgersVermont: Cheddar Cheese, Common Crackers, and Maple Sugar CandyVirginia: Ham, Peanuts, and Brunswick StewWashington: Dungeness Crab and ApplesWest Virigina: Golden Delicious Apples and Apple ButterWisconsin: Colby Cheese and Cranberry PieWyoming: Great Northern, Pinto, and Navy Beans; Jerky, Shoshone Lamb, and army Bread

If you are "hungry" for more "ExtraOrdinary" foods, visit the links below for more information and recipes.

Pork tenderloin sandwich
Senate bean soup
Springfield-style cashew chicken
stack cake
apple butter