I haven’t traveled to all fifty states, and truthfully, I don’t want to. Oh sure, there are probably so many great things to see along the way; the largest ball of twine, maple syrup museums, places where George Washington’s Uncle’s Second Wife slept, etc. etc.
Nope, I’ll never hit all the states, though I’ve been to a few of them and hope to do more. I’m really eager to see Massachusetts and I’d like to see the historical sights in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Of course, there is DC (not a state, but yeah, so what), which is my dream trip and I wouldn’t mind getting to New York City some day. Oh and Savannah, Georgia would be a fun one too. Back to New Orleans, at least once more, and I hope to travel to Yellowstone and Yosemite some day too…
Ok, that’s enough travel ideas to last far beyond my budget (and my husband’s patience). And since I can’t get to everywhere, I thought I’d take a little exploration here, posting some quintessential recipes from our sister states, for a little tastebud travel. In honor of this year’s presidential campaign and Jed Bartlet from the West Wing, we kick off our tour in New Hampshire.
The Granite State apparently also has the nickname of “Switzerland of America” which I assume is from their great fondness of fondue and yodeling. I gotta love a state that has adopted the Ladybug as their state insect – I had no idea that insects rated high enough to be adopted by states, but the ladybug is a good choice. For those of you testing your high school memories, Concord is the capital and her native sons (and daughters) include: JD Salinger, Maxfield Parrish, Franklin Pierce, Robert Frost and Mandy Moore. Yes, the teen star.
Alright, enough trivia, on with the eating. New Hampshire lays claim to many of New England’s foods and recipes including chowders and maple syrup, but the state also grows apples. The former Governor of the state, Jeanne Shaheen has provided a recipe for apple crisp and heck, that sounds like a pretty good source for a taste of New Hampshire. Fix up a batch, find a local ladybug and pull out your copy of Catcher in the Rye (or dvd of Princess Diaries, whichever you happen to have) and say howdy to New Hampshire.