American Regional Recipes & International Recipes


My father, his mother and father and his grandparents were Iowans. I lived in Iowa during my high school, university and early professional years too.

Best Shortcake Biscuits & Iowa Shortcake


Minnesota is the 'home state' of my heart, where my father still lives in the home of my childhood along the banks of the Rainy River right on the Canadian border.

Minnesota Sloppy Joes
Swedish Rye Bread
Creamy Wild Rice Soup
Turkey Wild Rice Casserole
Wild Rice Salad


St. Louis, Missouri has been my home since 1993. In the last while, I much enjoy exploring Outstate Missouri too. It's a beautiful state, green hilled and blue rivered.

A Hundred Mile Dinner for the Incurable Epicureans in St. Louis

Buffalo Ragout
Mushroom Soup

Black Walnut Bread
Buttered Pecan Ice Cream
Cottage Cheese Pie
Old-Fashioned Black Walnut Chocolate Cake

New Mexico

New Mexico has its own strong – and addictive, I've learned – food tradition.

Green Chili Burgers
Green Chili Sauce (Salsa Verde)
Microwave Green Chili Cheese Grits
Ten-Minute Enchiladas
Ten-Minute Foolproof Enchilada Sauce

Favorite New Mexico Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Quick Green Chile Stew

Classic American
Buffalo Ragout
Calico Beans
Chocolate Chili
Crockpot Chili with Spicy Sausage
Deviled Eggs with Tomato-Herb Relish
Elk Meatloaf (or Bison, Beef, Other Meatloaf)
Fast Roast Chicken
Fresh Creamed Corn
Fried Okra (Garden Popcorn)
Gashouse Eggs
Herbed Saltines
Homemade Egg McMuffin
Mom's Roast Chicken
My Mom's Pancake Recipe
New-Fashioned Sauerkraut Salad
Rock-Star Fried Chicken
Skillet Cornbread
Smoked Turkey Chowder
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
Ten Tips for Better Burgers
Wedge Salad with Homemade Low-Cal & Low-Carb Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

American Apple Pie
Apple Cider Indian Pudding
Carrot & Zucchini Bread
Extra-Crispy Apple Crisp
First-Prize Peach Pie
Healthy Trail Mix
Healthy Waldorf Salad
Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon Pudding Cake
Lifetime Pancakes
Mom's Everyday Oatmeal Cookies
Naturally Sweetened Apple Butter
Old-Fashioned Black Walnut Chocolate Cake
Old-Fashioned Homemade Lemonade
Perfect M&M Cookies
Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Favorite Classic American Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Classic Seven Layer Salad
Fresh Three-Bean Salad

American Midwest
Chicken & Wild Rice Soup (or Turkey & Wild Rice Soup)
Ham & Beans
Hamburger Casserole
Homemade Butterhorns (Thanksgiving Crescent Rolls)
Nana's Cucumbers
Ribs & Sauerkraut for Slow Cooker or Dutch Oven
Oyster Stew
Rock-Star Fried Chicken
Twice-Smoked Ham

Rhubarb Cake
Rhubarb Custard Pie
Summer Corn Bread with Fresh Blueberries

American South
Cornmeal Catfish with Warm Potato Salad
Greens & Grits
Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup
Old-Fashioned Southern Brunswick Stew
Simple Cast Iron Southern Corn Bread
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato (or Pumpkin or Butternut Squash) Grits

Lemon Meringue Pie
Southern Belle Lemon Layer Cake

Favorite American-South Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Miss Jennie's Famous Benedictine Spread
Skillet Stewed Tomatoes & Okra
Southern Farm Stand Stew with Okra, Tomatoes & Sweet Corn
Succotash Salad with Green Beans, Lima Beans, Corn & Tomatoes

Cajun & Creole

Favorite Cajun & Creole Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Cajun Dirty Rice with Eggplant
Vegan Chickpea Gumbo

Red Rice with Tomatoes
Summer Couscous with Mango & Tomato

Chimichurri (Argentinian Parsley Sauce)


My mother was born in Winnipeg and all the family on that side is spread from Vancouver to Ottawa. I remain much connected to my Canadian heritage.

Bloody Caesar (Canada's Bloody Mary)

Brown Sugar Lemon Curd
Butter Tart Bars
Canadian Flag Cake
Christmas Trifle
Estonian Apple Cake
Mom's Blueberry Coffeecake
Sunshine Orange Muffins

Champion Chicken
Homemade Sazón

Kung Pao Chicken

Eastern European
Balkan Sausage Stew
Borscht Beets
Lavosh (Armenian Cracker Bread)
Nana's Cucumbers
Potato Blintzes

Armenian Easter Bread

Favorite Eastern European Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Polish Dill Pickle Soup
Sweet 'n' Sour Cabbage

Christmas Trifle

Favorite English Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Bubble & Squeak
How to Roast Potatoes to Perfection
Rhubarb Bakewell Tart

Beef Bourguignon
Cheese Puffs
French Scrambled Eggs
Julia Child's Soubise (Onion & Rice Casserole)
Magical Breakfast Cream
Simple French Eggs

Coffee Pots & Lemon Pots

Favorite German Recipes from A Veggie Venture
German Salad Dressing
Warm German Potato Salad

Chicken Greek Salad
Garden Tzatziki Sauce
Greek Feta Chicken
Greek Pasta Salad
Quick Supper Mediterranean Eggplant
Tourlou Tourlou (Greek Baked Vegetables)

Favorite Greek Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Creamy Feta Mousse with Greek Salads
Greek Bread Salad with Toasted Pita Chips
Greek Greens
Greek Lentil Soup
Greek Spinach-Asparagus-Potato Gratin (Spinaki me Sparaggia Orgraten)
Greek Zucchini Pie

Caraway Corned Beef
Emerald Isle Stew
Whole-wheat Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread Muffins
Irish Spiced Fruitcake

Cheese Gnocchi Pie
Chicken Cacciatore
Easy Italian Appetizers
Italian Lemon Chicken
Lazy Man's Ciopinno
Leek Sauce for Pasta
Mediterranean Eggplant
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (Garlic & Olive Oil)
Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella for a Crowd

Ha! Look what I'm missing!

Favorite Italian Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Caponata - Sicilian Eggplant
Insalata Caprese
Insalata di Finocchio aka Fennel Salad
Peperonata with Potatoes
Seared Radicchio
Slow-Roasted Asparagus
Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Cashew Chicken Curry
Mango Lassi with Mint

Favorite Indian Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Hot & Sour Chickpeas
Mixed Fruit & Vegetable Salad

Beef Tacos with Avocado, Cucumber & Mango Salsa
Creamy Slow-Cooker Beans
Grilled Steak with Summer Tomato Salad
Mexican Chicken Salad
Mexican Gas House Eggs
Mexican Pizza (Oaxaca Tlayuda)
Pickled Jalapeño Rings
Pork & Poblano Skillet
Quinoa & Black Bean Salad
Refried Bean Sauce with Eggs on Top
Savory Cornbread Muffins
Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

Mexican Fruit Salad
Mexican Mango Trifle (Ante de Mango)
Pan de Muerto (Bread for Day of the Dead)

Favorite Mexican Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Avocado Dip
Easy Salsa Dressing
Homemade Guacamole with Tomatillos
Quick Zucchini Mushroom Hominy Tacos

Middle Eastern
Including Israeli, Lebanese, Moroccan & Turkish

Savory Cauliflower Cake
Shakshuka (Eggs Nested in Summer Vegetables)

Ina Garten's Tabbouleh Salad

Citrus Slices with Orange Flower Water, Spices & Chocolate Shavings
Lamb Stew with Sweet Tomato Jam
Moroccan Chicken
Moroccan Onions

Sesame Candy

Favorite Middle-Eastern Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Avocado Dip
Baba Ganoush
Beet Salad with Sumac, Yogurt & Pita
Fattoush (Traditional Middle Eastern Salad)
Jerusalem Salad
Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Tagine

Finnish & Scandinavian

I lived in the south of Finland as an exchange student for a year. With 'mothers' and 'fathers' and 'sisters' and a 'brother' there, Finland remains a 'home of my heart'. In Finland, I learned to observe Lent with Lenten Grass, an old Finnish custom.

Beef Stew with Cranberries
Caraway Cabbage
Estonian Deviled Eggs
Finn Crisp with Marmalade & Cheese
Finnish Meatballs
Finnish Summer Soup
Finnish Whole-Wheat Flatbread
Homemade Finnish Mustard
Karelian Borscht (Russian Beet Borscht Soup)
Refrigerator Pickled Beets
Scandinavian Pea Soup
Simple Grilled Salmon
Swedish Rye Bread
Zucchini Spiral "Noodle" Salad

Estonian Apple Cake
Finnish Fruit Tart
Glöggi: Hot Red Wine 'Mulled' with Winter Spices

Favorite Recipes from Finland & Scandinavia from A Veggie Venture
Homemade Swedish Potato Sausage (a picture essay of a grandmother passing along a family recipe)
Finnish Carrot Casserole
Finn Crisp with Laughing Cow & Radishes
Swedish Beets
Swedish Pickled Beetroot Salad
Swedish Red Cabbage

Cantaloupe-Tomato Gazpacho
My Perfect (Unsweet, Unboozy) Sangria
Spanish Stew with Roasted Pepper (Chilindron)

Favorite Recipes from Spain from A Veggie Venture
Baked Eggs with Tomatoes & Whaaat?
Cauliflower Spanish Rice
Summer Vegetable Stew
Tomato & Sour Cherry Gazpacho
Tomato Gazpacho

Swiss Muesli

Thai Cantaloupe Salad
Eggplant & Bean Thai Curry

Favorite Thai Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Easy Steamed Bok Choy Salad
Spicy Thai Noodle Salad

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