Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Regional American Cuisine Includes...Meat And Oatmeal???

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – American cuisine isn’t all hot dogs and apple pie. It’s sometimes oatmeal and beef mixed together.

That’s the distasteful news that Mark DeCarlo has learned while filming Taste Of America, a Travel Channel series which explores various regions and their cuisines.

Some of it can be distasteful, such as the day DeCarlo spent in the Ohio River Valley sampling something called “goetta.”

For those not in the know, that’s a local dish that combines oatmeal and meat. DeCarlo admits he’s “no foodie” but feels confident in admitting the dish is “kind of gross.”

Other regions with recipes DeCarlo has sampled include Arizona, where he practiced cooking cactus and South Carolina, where he learned the ins and outs of “chitterlings,” a popular side dish made from pig intestines.

It’s not all stomach-churning though. For every day he spent chowing down on beef-flavored oatmeal, DeCarlo enjoyed 24 hours in a food paradise like New Orleans.

Taste Of America airs Tuesdays on Travel Channel.

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