Monday, May 9, 2011

Sloppy Joes!

Tuesdays Menu: 5/10/2011
For anyone unfamiliar with this classic American dish, which requires great finesse and culinary skills, it consists of ground beef and onions cooked up with a ketchup sauce, and then served on a bun, preferably a squishy white bun. Of course, everyone has his own secret family recipe, but these seldom stray from the basic formula.

Depending on what part of the country you are in a Sloppy Joe may have another name. Here are a few of my favorites:

• Wimpies in parts of the Northeast USA, especially Northeastern Pennsylvania
• Slushburgers in parts of the Upper Midwest, particularly in Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota
• Hot Tamales in parts of northeastern Wisconsin, particularly in the Sheboygan area despite the fact that tamales are a completely different food item.
• Sloppy Janes in parts of central Minnesota.
• Gulash (not to be confused with Goulash) in parts of the Upper Midwest, especially in areas where people of Scandinavian heritage, boasting Viking roots, are prominent.
• Dynamites in northern Rhode Island.
• Manwich in parts of Northern New Jersey, after the popular name brand sauce, as a distinction from the local variant also known as a "sloppy joe".
• Victory burgers in parts of Canada, including Saskatchewan.
• Juicy Burgers in Eastern Colorado.
• "Finger Toes" in Maine.

Todays menus showcases this american favorite. Sloppy Joes, Brown Rice Pilaf and Chefs Salad.

Bon Appetit!

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