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Well, we eat tacos when we go to mexican restaurants, I guess.

There are many traditional dishes like paella, Spanish omelette, gazpacho (tomato cold soup) etc. Anyway I'm from the north and here we have different traditional foods.

Where I live seafood is very traditional, my town is famous for the recipe for cooking octopus. Also a broth made of potato, beans, pork and the branch of the turnips. Empanadas. Uhm... Paella too, but here we do it with seafood instead of rabbit and chicken. All kind of broths made with beans, lentils, etc. are also common. Pork and beef. And peppers, we have small peppers called «from Padron» some of them are spicy, and they are great roasted!

Aside from that... my own cooking is mostly influenced by italian food, as I love it, and I love trying international recipes aside from traditional ones and mixing traditional with innovation.
Here pork (specially salt dried pork) is very traditional and I hate it.

Anyway, I that's what's traditional here. I think the regular food is mostly the same everywhere.

Edit: If you come to Galicia you have to taste barnacles! They are expensive but they are really, really great.
By the way, is it true that you usually find eating rabbit like something disgusting? I heard that outside Spain it wasn't common but I never had a chance to ask.


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Hmmm... All kind of dried parts of the pork are traditional too. How could I forget our iberic ham! And chorizo, salchichon, etc. These are some sort of sausages spiced with paprika, dried and smoked.
And cheese. We might not be French but we have great cheese too.

But I've just eaten and today I made pasta with homemade tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. That's not traditional Spanish at all, but it's a common and simple dish anyway xD


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I live in the upper Midwest, which means sausage (or Brats) and cheese are king (or queen, if you prefer).

Not a lot of rabbit eaters up here (which means the rabbit farm my parents tried starting up did not do so well). Obviously, with the cliche of Wisconsin being America's dairy land, beef is dominant, but pork is quite popular. And fish fries! You haven't until you've been to a good ole fashioned Midwestern fish fry (mmm... fried perch!!!).

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Its true Midwest walleye is super tasty. Also, us yanks like to put beans in our chili.


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We put chorizo and morcilla (a sausage made of blood) and pork fat in our beans, but I like mine just with some veggies. I'm not a big pork fan.

Curious thing, Galicia is also Spain's dairy land, like Wisconsin there. And we have very good fish fries here. Fried sardines are a tradition on Summer's solstice (I'll talk about that some day, because it's a very cool witch-like tradition).

I don't know a lot of Wisconsin. Is it a wet or a dry land?

Galicia is the most green and wet place in all Spain.


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We get our fair share of precipitation.

About six months of winter and six months of spring/summer.

We're in the Midwest so we still get thunderstorms and tornadoes, but not as much as elsewhere.

Very green when the leaves come in.

Probably very similar to where you are in the spring/summer.


Sounds like a nice place to live.


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It is!

Otherwise I wouldn't live here. :-)

I've lived in a lot of states, and the best two by far (at least for us) are Wisconsin and (Western) Washington.

Why not Eastern Washington you ask. Well Western Washington is all lush rain forests, beautiful coasts, and abundant wildlife. Eastern Washington is all scrub plains, and abandoned missile silos taken over by red neck militias or worse.


I've lived all my life here and I haven't traveled a lot. Not a bad place to live anyway.


Kileana, if I ever strike it rich, Spain's on my short list of places to visit, and I'm coming over to your place for dinner!


Pennsylvania is mostly hills and mountains. The Appalachian Mountain Range basically cuts the state in half.


And I have an aversion to anything salt-dried. I have to keep an eye on my blood pressure.


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You are invited, and you'll eat for free even if you are rich!


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As for eating Rabbit, yes. A lot of American Children keep rabbits as pets, and are sold in pet stores. We generally don't eat anything that's sold in pet stores. It feels wrong, on so many levels.


Up until I was 15 I was a hunter, as are most people who live in the southern US, it seems. I hunted and ate rabbit, squirrel, quail, duck. All of them pretty good. But I decided at 15 that hunting was just too much effort and not enough return, so I quit. Not for ethical reasons, mind you. I was just too lazy.. lol


I had an uncle who was a hunter. It is something infrequent here as you need a lot of licenses and tests to get a firearm. I tasted boar thanks to him.


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Tell me about it! here your kid has to wait until he's ten AND take a four hour safety course.

Just to get his own gun!

Captain Yesterday fun fact: i work at a toy store, and at least once a year someone asks me where we have our firearms. Not IF we have them, but WHERE we have them. :-)


And... do you have them?

Just kidding ;-D


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Captain Yesterday fun fact: i work at a toy store, and at least once a year someone asks me where we have our firearms. Not IF we have them, but WHERE we have them. :-)

*backs slowly away from everything in all directions at once*


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Kileanna wrote:

And... do you have them?

Just kidding ;-D

Who needs firearms when you have motion activated interactive dolls that will all say in unison "tee hee, why don't you play with me! or "won't you be my friend!" or "let's play hopscotch with your entrails!"

I get more nightmares from that aisle!


Kileanna wrote:
I had an uncle who was a hunter. It is something infrequent here as you need a lot of licenses and tests to get a firearm. I tasted boar thanks to him.

I had boar in a fancy restaurant once. I liked it. I've also eaten ostrich, which wasn't bad. A friend of mine has some bear meat he'll bring me if I want. I'm still trying to decide if I want to try it. He also brings me venison when he has a good hunting year.


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I try everything, no matter how weird it is or how nasty it looks. And I love weird food.
And, being from a land who has great seafood I can say that sometimes the nastier it looks the tastier it is.
Squids, octopuses, crabs and alike, clams, etc. don't look like something you'd like to eat. But they taste great.
I have a ritual each time I have an octopus in my hands that implies going around saying «ïa ïa ïa Cthulhu fhtagn». Don't judge me xD


I like trying new foods, too. I've only found a few things I just absolutely don't like.


Kileanna wrote:
By the way, is it true that you usually find eating rabbit like something disgusting? I heard that outside Spain it wasn't common but I never had a chance to ask.

I raised rabbits for meat for a while, it never really went anywhere though. Rabbit eating in the US isn't very common, as we seem to have an issue eating anything we define as "cute."

On a personal note however, farm/cage raised rabbit is delicious, I like it pressure cooked, and then added to a good potato salad, perferable with mild red potatoes and other mild vegetables, since the flavor of the rabbit is otherwise drowned out in the salad...
I dislike wild rabbit, (to gamy and chewy for my taste) but would never turn it down... (I was raised to eat everything put in front of me, at other peoples houses)


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Kileanna wrote:
I had an uncle who was a hunter. It is something infrequent here as you need a lot of licenses and tests to get a firearm. I tasted boar thanks to him.
I had boar in a fancy restaurant once. I liked it. I've also eaten ostrich, which wasn't bad. A friend of mine has some bear meat he'll bring me if I want. I'm still trying to decide if I want to try it. He also brings me venison when he has a good hunting year.

I've never made bear before, but venison goes great in alfredo, with fettuccine pasta. (if you like avocados, add one or two as well, before you add Parmesan, you may be surprised by the resultant deliciousness)


Mexican places around here have started serving lengua, which is nice. I don't always want it, but I'll have some lengua tacos or a burrito every now and then for a change of pace. I know more than a few people who are grossed out by it though.


Here we have lengua in a stew too. It's not bad.
The pork or beef liver can be pretty tasty too.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Tell me about it! here your kid has to wait until he's ten AND take a four hour safety course.

Just to get his own gun!

Captain Yesterday fun fact: i work at a toy store, and at least once a year someone asks me where we have our firearms. Not IF we have them, but WHERE we have them. :-)

Customer: "Excuse me. Where do you keep the guns?"

Store Employee: "Right between the Beer Department and our in-store Used Car Lot."

:) :O :)


Kileanna wrote:

I try everything, no matter how weird it is or how nasty it looks. And I love weird food.

And, being from a land who has great seafood I can say that sometimes the nastier it looks the tastier it is.
Squids, octopuses, crabs and alike, clams, etc. don't look like something you'd like to eat. But they taste great.
I have a ritual each time I have an octopus in my hands that implies going around saying «ïa ïa ïa Cthulhu fhtagn». Don't judge me xD

Just as long as they're not Githiaskio. :)


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captain yesterday wrote:

Tell me about it! here your kid has to wait until he's ten AND take a four hour safety course.

Just to get his own gun!

Captain Yesterday fun fact: i work at a toy store, and at least once a year someone asks me where we have our firearms. Not IF we have them, but WHERE we have them. :-)

Customer: "Excuse me. Where do you keep the guns?"

Store Employee: "Right between the Beer Department and our in-store Used Car Lot."

:) :O :)

It's weird how here in Spain we feel like having easy access to firearms is such a bad thing while having almost no regulations for alcohol. Now they have made more strict laws for selling alcohol (only pubs can sell it after 10PM and you have to be older than 18 to buy it). But it still too easy for kids to access alcohol and I'm tired of getting blood samples in my job belonging to 14-year-old kids with a diagnosis of ethilic intoxication.

A 12-year-old girl died last month in a near town. That's just not right.


We've got more regulations for guns than we do for booze, although alcohol regs are more stringent than they are on the Continent (though less stringent than Scandinavia. Both of those statements are generalisations).

Underage drinking is very common, though.

Re: guns, you've got next to no chance of being licenced to carry a handgun, unless you really, really need one (vets can, apparently, in case they need to put down injured horses). Large calibre rifles are also pretty heavily restricted, and nobody, bar the Police and armed forces, can get semi or fully automatic firearms of any sort.

You can get a licence for a shotgun (of certain types) or a .22 more easily - it's yours unless the coppers can prove why you shouldn't have one - and, apparently, black-powder firearms of any sort can be got on the same licence, so musquetoons for all!

I used to eat rabbit a lot. We lived in the country, and the village policeman used to go out and shoot them and bring us around a couple every time he'd been hunting. They taught us how to skin and dress them in Scouts, too, not that I've ever done it since.


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I'd live there only to have a musquetoon. I love historic weapons and firearms.
I wanted to buy a toledan steel sword when I was at Toledo, but they were too expensive, so I bought marzipan. Not quite the same thing.


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Tomorrow it's Dalindra's birthday and I've spent all the morning in the kitchen doing my best.
I've baked something like this and something like this.
I'm probably taking some photos after I put the cream on the cake.

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Cool! Looks yummy ^w^

Happy preemptive birthday Dal!


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Mine don't look so good but I wish they taste good!

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Kileanna wrote:
Mine don't look so good but I wish they taste good!

They look friggin delicious!


Thanks!
We'll see tomorrow!


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Oh my, those look good.


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Oooh, cake. :)


How do you like making pies? I like pie more than cake, with a few exceptions.


I like baking pies too. I have my own recipe for a traditional pie with almonds and angel hair pumpkin preserve. I like making lemon pies and apple pies too (but my recipe for the apple pie is the german one, I think, I never tried to bake the American version).
I like making cookies too, I make homemade Oreo cookies.
What I usually do more often are spongecakes because they are easy and quick to do.
The muffin-like stuff in the photo is a great recipe called «bica» that only has 4 ingredients: flour, sugar, milk cream and egg white. No baking powder at all. It's sort of a pound cake.
I'm also in love with carrot cake. I don't bake it too often because it takes some time, but I really like it. Instead of buttercream, that I don't like a lot, I use a mixture of cream cheese and whipped cream.


My favorite pies are key lime, lemon, pumpkin, and apple. I've never had the German version of apple pie. What makes it different from the American version?


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You haven't felt pain until you zest and juice enough key limes for four pies. After a week of working in landscaping.

They were damn good pies though.


I've looked and I think I said it wrong. It seems to be French. It has almonds and apple. It tastes great.
I also bake an empanada filled with apple and raisins that is very easy to do and tastes great.


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Chef Yesterday wrote:

You haven't felt pain until you zest and juice enough key limes for four pies. After a week of working in landscaping.

They were damn good pies though.

You haven't felt pain until you forget you have been touching cayennes and you wipe your tears (from cutting onions) with your hands!


The French recipe sounds great. I'm not much of a fan of raisins, though. I've never had an empanada before, so I might love it.. lol


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I make the best Buttermilk Chess Pie ever. :-)

It's basically a lemon curd pie.


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Chef Yesterday wrote:

You haven't felt pain until you zest and juice enough key limes for four pies. After a week of working in landscaping.

They were damn good pies though.

You haven't felt pain until you forget you have been touching cayennes and you wipe your tears (from cutting onions) with your hands!

Many years ago I worked in a pizza restaurant. My very first task was to slice onions. We had this wall mounted device where you placed the onions on a bed of sharp blades arranged in tiny squares, then pulled a lever that pushed the onion through, slicing the whole thing at once. First time I used it a stream of onion juice hit me squarely in the eye. I thought I was going to die.. lol


captain yesterday wrote:

I make the best Buttermilk Chess Pie ever. :-)

It's basically a lemon curd pie.

I've never had chess pie. Always wanted to try it.

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