Regional US Foods

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Here at the WN Foods blog, we’ve talked a lot about foods from different countries around the world, but we haven’t explored many American dishes. It’s time to shine a spotlight on a few regional US foods!

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Chicago is famous for its deep dish pizza, which is made with a tall, flaky crust filled with a generous helping of cheese and chunky tomato sauce on top. The combination of the crunch of the golden crust with the hot, gooey cheese is heavenly. Some people make this dish even more luxurious by adding various meats, sauces, and vegetables.

Louisiana Gumbo

Though gumbo has roots in French and African cooking, it has evolved into a special dish loved especially by Louisianans. This dish is one of the most rich, flavorful soups thanks to it base, which is made by mixing roux, filé powder, and okra. Many different ingredients can be added to this base, but common ingredients include sausage, shrimp, and chicken.

New York Garbage Plate

Okay, we admit that the name isn’t very appetizing, but we and many native New Yorkers assure you that the Garbage Plate is absolutely delicious. To make this dish, just pile potatoes, baked beans, macaroni salad, and your choice of meats (usually chili, hamburger meat, or sausage) on a big plate and enjoy. This definitely isn’t diet-friendly, but it sure is satisfying.

Maine Lobster Roll

Lobster rolls are simple, but they pack a flavorful punch. At its base, a lobster roll is just lobster meat in a bun. In Maine, the lobster meat is served cold and coated with mayo. The bun may be lightly buttered and toasted to add a bit of crunch to the mix. Other states in New England have their own variations of this dish as well.

Hawaii Loco Moco

Loco moco is one of the most quintessentially Hawaiian foods out there. To make this dish, top steamed white rice with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and gravy. Though this is the most basic form of loco moco, it can also be served with sides like macaroni salad, noodles, or fresh vegetables. We can just picture ourselves at a restaurant in Honolulu chowing down on loco moco now!

Which regional US dishes have you tried? Which ones would you like to taste first? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or wingnienfoods@gmail.com.

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Mushrooms

Autumn is the season for mushrooms, a delicious and flavorful ingredient. Let’s learn about this fascinating fungus!

What Are Mushrooms?

Though mushrooms are often included in the vegetable section of grocery stores, they are not vegetables as they have no roots, seeds, or leaves. So what exactly are mushrooms? They are a fungal growth. The larger top of the mushroom is actually the reproductive part of the fungus; it carries spores, which are similar to seeds in that they spread and allow more mushrooms to grow. Not all mushrooms are edible, but a few types are safe and quite delicious when prepared correctly.

Where Do Mushrooms Grow?

Mushrooms grow well in damp, nutritious environments like forest floors. In the US, forests in the Pacific Northwest are famous among foragers because the moist climate is perfect for mushroom growth. Rather than being gathered, some mushrooms are grown on farms in climate-controlled rooms. This way, mushrooms can be grown and harvested quickly.

How to Gather Mushrooms

Gathering mushrooms is all about knowing where to look. The best method is to go with an experience mushroom forager so they can take you to their favorite spots, teach you which mushrooms are safe to eat, and how to properly cut them from the stalk with a knife. When gathering mushrooms, be sure to carry them in a woven basket so that the spores will spread as you walk and the mushroom population can be replenished for the next harvest.

Types of Mushrooms

As stated earlier, not all mushrooms are edible. Some are even lethal, so always be sure that your mushrooms are safe to eat. Edible varieties include chanterelles (golden mushrooms with fruity, peppery notes), portobello (large, meaty mushrooms), and enoki (thin, mild-flavored mushrooms). Shiitake (rich, umami mushrooms), porcini (nutty and creamy mushrooms), and button mushrooms (white mushrooms often found on pizza) are also commonly used in cooking.

How to Cook Mushrooms

There are as many cooking methods for mushrooms as there are types of mushrooms. Larger mushrooms like portobellos can be grilled and stuffed with savory fillings, similar to meat. Other mushrooms can be sliced thin and placed on top of pizzas. Sauteeing is another common cooking method that really brings out the flavor of mushrooms. Be sure to also try mushrooms in kebobs, pasta, and burgers.

What’s your favorite mushroom? Which ones would you like to try? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or wingnienfoods@gmail.com.