The Khartoum American School’s annual International Dinner is this Thursday. We’re supposed to bring two main dishes and one dessert representative of our home country’s cuisine. Dessert is easy. We thought of lots of possibilities—apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie (if we could get pecans), root beer floats (if we could get root beer), brownies, bread pudding. We’re taking chocolate chip cookies (specifically, Ruth’s Chocolate Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies—yum!).
For one of the main dishes, we’re going to take chili, but we’re having a hard time thinking of another dish that represents American food. Lasagne? Enchiladas? Pad Thai? And just what are the Italian, Mexican, and Thai families bringing?
Just like my all-American kids are Portuguese-British-Swedish-Norwegian-German-Dutch-French-Americans, I think that real American cuisine, what people eat every day, is Chinese-Mexican-Italian-Thai-Japanese-British-American food.
In Bosnia, Romania, and here in Sudan, people really do eat their national foods pretty much all the time. You can get stuff to make spaghetti, but it’s a rare day that you do it. (Interestingly, the Dutch, while they have traditional Dutch foods, eat food from lots of different culinary traditions in their everyday meals. But then again, they’ve been world travellers for centuries.)
So what do we take for our second main dish? Give us some ideas, even you who up till now have only lurked on the blog. What’s an all-American main dish?