This week’s #SundaySupper theme is all about hometown and the wonderful memories one’s favorite hometown foods may evoke.
What I call “hometown” has always been a challenge for me. I was born in Chicago, but moved to California with my parents as a teenager. I’ve spent (way) more than half my life in California. But most of my relatives still live in Chicago. So when I think of what my hometown is, Chicago is top of mind, but I’ve been in California so long that I also feel that’s my home too.
But in terms of hometown foods, I’m going say “both”!. Chicago and San Francisco are arguably, the top two food towns in the U.S. (with apologies to NY’ers – I guess I still have a bit of the Windy City chip on my shoulders when it comes to NYC;-)
The first foods from my two hometown’s that come to mind are Chicago’s Garrett’s Mix popcorn – an amazing mash-up of Caramel and Cheddar popcorn that sweet and salty like Kettle Corn. In terms of San Francisco, the first food that come to mind is the Hangtown Fry - arguably the first California cuisine. It originated during the Gold Rush and consists of fried breaded oysters, eggs, and fried bacon, cooked together like an omelet.
What’s your favorite hometown food?
Check out this week’s fabulous hometown favorite recipes put together by the #SundaySupper food bloggers and my wine pairing recommendations – all under $20!
Breakfast and Snacks
I say start the day with some bubbly! Pair these breakfast favorites and snacks with Moscato d’Asti. One of my favorites is the 2013 Saracco Moscato d’Asti ($10). It shows a sweet, fragrant, delicate, floral, tropical fruit, and a hint of honey character. It’s “frizzante”, which means it’s not as effervescent as most sparkling wines.
- Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bagels by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Mickey Mouse Waffles by Wallflour Girl
- New York Style Bagels by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Peanut Butter and Fluff French Toast by Momma’s Meals
- South Jersey Boardwalk Popcorn by Take A Bite Out of Boca
Enjoy these dishes with one of the most versatile food pairing wines – a sparkling rose. My favorite “everyday” sparkling rose is Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé ($13). It drinks well above it’s $12.99 price point and has a lovely soft texture with a delicious and inviting strawberry, and cherry character.
- Alamo City Breakfast Tacos by The Weekend Gourmet
- Cuban Sandwich Crostini by Casa de Crews
- Cuban Sandwich Dip by Family Foodie
- Fried Rice Vermicelli with Vegetable Fritters by Brunch with Joy
- Hot Brown Ham Sliders by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Joe’s Special by Nosh My Way
- Candied Kumquat Peels, Kumquat Syrup, and Kumquat-Ade by Recipe for Perfection
Appetizer, Side and Main Dishes
Pair these dishes with Chardonnay. Look for the 2013 Spellbound California Chardonnay ($12). It’s has a lively, lush tropical fruit, apple, crème brûlée, and vanilla character. Delicious stuff!
- Chicken and Dumplings by Food Lust People Love
- Chicken Rice Pilaf by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- The Pittsburgh Devonshire Sandwich by Seduction in the Kitchen
- Revved-up Poutine by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Pair these dishes with a Sauvignon Blanc. Look for the 2013 Patient Cottat “Le Grand Caillou” Sauvignon Blanc ($10). It has a lovely tropical fruit, citrus, spice and mineral character with a tangy acidity.
- 1905 Salad by Supper for a Steal
- Greek Salad with Potato Salad by Ruffles & Truffles
- New England Beans and Cod by Cooking Chat
- San Francisco Cioppino by Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Seattle-Style Dungeness Crab Roll by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Pair these dishes with Riesling, the white version of a “goes with virtually anything” wine. Look for 2013 Charles Smith “Kung Fu Girl” Columbia Valley Riesling ($10). It’s off-dry so it’ll handle some spice, and it fruit forward, and fresh with lychee, nectarine, peach and a bit of citrus character.
- Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Lentil, Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Curry by Mess Makes Food
- Honey Cola Baked Ham by Magnolia Days
- Korean Steamed Eggs by Hip Foodie Mom
- Pozole Rojo by Simply Healthy Family
- Rice with Pork and Pineapple by Basic N Delicious
- Xiang La Tu Zi // Hot & Spicy Rabbit by Curried Canteloupe
Pair these recipes with a red blend. Look for the 2012 Bogle “Essential Red” Old Vine Red Blend ($9). It made from old vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. It has a juicy, smooth, fruit forward character with exotic dark fruit and vanilla character
- Crockpot Cincinnati Chili by Palatable Pastime
- Upper Peninsula Pasties by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Portobello “Philly Cheese Steak” by PancakeWarriors
- Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas with Chile con Carne by The Texan New Yorker
Pair these dishes with Chianti. One of my perennial faves is Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva($19). It’s made from Sangiovese grapes and has a wonderful black cherry, plum, spice, and tobacco character.
- Classic Italian Risotto in Bianco by La Bella Vita Cucina
- Philadelphia Tomato Pie by The Redhead Baker
- Pierogies by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
- Victory Pig Sicilian Style Pizza by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Oven Toasted Ravioli by Curious Cuisiniere
- Smoke House Cheesy Garlic Bread by Peaceful Cooking
Pair these dessert with a Port. Look for the Quinta do Noval Black Port ($18). It’s a revolutionary new port from one of the world’s legendary estates. It’s fruity and sweet with a jammy, fig, blackberry character. Excellent with chocolate dessert!
- Buckeye Cupcakes by Desserts Required
- Carob Bumpy Cake by Pies and Plots
- Chocolate Earthquake Cake by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Pocky Cake by NinjaBaker
- Grandma Sweeney’s Chocolate Cream Pie by Lifestyle Food Artistry
Pair these dessert with a Sauternes, a dessert wine from France. Look for the 2010 Haut Charmes, Sauternes ($14).It’s a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that has been affected by Botrytis cinerea, also known as noble rot, that which intensifies its sweetness and gives it a honeyed character. It has a rich with fresh acidity and a pleasing tropical fruit characer.
- Apple Crisp by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake by Alida’s Kitchen
- Memories of Mom; Michigan Apple Cake by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Mile High Strawberry Pie by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Pear Parkin by Happy Baking Days
- Vegan Timbits by Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Vernors Cake by Country Girl in the Village
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