American Regional Recipes & International Recipes

A special collection of Kitchen Parade's family-tested recipes, all from across the United States and across the world. Here you'll find recipes from different states and regions of the U.S. (especially from Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, the American Midwest and American South) and international cuisines (especially Canadian; Finnish, Scandinavian and Nordic; Mexican; but also Afghan, Armenian, Greek and so many more). Have fork, will travel?!
Enjoy the "trip", all! ~ Alanna

Regional (& International) Recipes ♥, regional specialty recipes from across the U.S. Fresh, seasonal and well-tested family recipes for everyday and special occasions.


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
Homemade Mushroom Soup
St. Louis Pork Steaks

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.

Easy Green Chile Egg Casserole
Easy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Green Chili Burgers
Green Chile 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 aka "Alanna's Famous Cowboy Beans"
Cast Iron Meatloaf
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 "Popcorn"
Gashouse Eggs
Herbed Saltines
Homemade Egg McMuffin
Mac n Chicken
Mom's Roast Chicken With All the Trimmings
My Chicken Noodle Soup
My Mom's Pancake Recipe
New-Fashioned Sauerkraut Salad
Rock-Star Fried Chicken
Skillet Cornbread
Slow-Cooked or Slow Cooker Pot Roast
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
Banana Cream Pudding
Zucchini Bread with Carrot & Candied Ginger
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
Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

American Midwest
Best-Ever Macaroni Salad
Chicken & Wild Rice Soup (or Turkey & Wild Rice Soup)
Ham & Beans
Hamburger Casserole
Homemade Butterhorns (Thanksgiving Crescent Rolls)
Mom's Perfect Biscuits
Nana's Cucumbers
Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies
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
Sautéed Collard Greens with Bacon
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato (or Pumpkin or Butternut Squash) Grits
Slow-Cooked Greens & Smoked Turkey
Southern Corn Bread

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
Sweet Potato Cornbread

Cajun & Creole
Bourbon Pralines
Red Beans & Rice

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

International (and Regional) Recipes ♥, specialty recipes from across the world. Fresh, seasonal and well-tested family recipes for everyday and special occasions.

Afghan Chicken & Rice Casserole (Kabeli Palau)

Favorite Afghan Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Afghan Eggplant & Tomato Casserole (Borani Banjan)

Red Rice with Tomatoes
Summer Couscous with Mango & Tomato

Favorite African Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Cabbage & Pepper Chakchoukah aka OogaChaka Eggs

Chimichurri (Argentinian Parsley Sauce)

Armenian Easter Bread
Lavosh (Armenian Cracker Bread)

Favorite Armenian Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Armenian Tahini Bread
Armenian Vegetable Stew


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
Family Shortbread
Mom's Blueberry Coffeecake
Sunshine Orange Muffins

Favorite Canadian Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Cape Breton Cabbage

Champion Chicken
Homemade Sazón
Picadillo (Cuban Ground Beef Skillet Supper)

Kung Pao Chicken

Favorite Chinese Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Chinese Cucumber Salad

Eastern European
Balkan Summer Sausage Stew
Borscht Beets
Nana's Cucumbers
Potato Blintzes

Armenian Easter Bread
Lavosh (Armenian Cracker Bread)

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

Cashew Chicken Curry
Homemade Pub Cheese
Horseradish Whipped Cream for Beef
Perfectly Cooked Roast Beef
Yorkshire Pudding

Christmas Trifle
Family Shortbread

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

Including my recipes from Julia Child

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

Coffee Pots & Lemon Pots

Favorite French recipes from A Veggie Venture
Carrot Loaf (Savory Carrot-Mushroom Pâté)
Creamy Carrot Purée

Julia Child's Soubise (Onion & Rice Casserole)

Favorite Julia Child Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Julia Child's Blender Hollandaise
Julia Child's Cucumber Salad
Julia Child's Lentil Salad
Julia Child's Cream of Zucchini Soup
Julia Child's Yellow Squash Coconut Soup

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

Chicken Greek Salad
Garden Tzatziki Sauce
Greek Baked Beans (Gigantes Plaki)
Greek Feta Chicken
Greek Pasta Salad
Mediterranean Eggplant Skillet
Shrimp with Tomatoes, Spinach & Feta
Tourlou Tourlou (Greek Baked Vegetables)

Favorite Greek Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Chickpeas with Tomatoes, Spinach & Feta
Creamy Feta Mousse with Greek Salads
Greek Bread Salad with Toasted Pita Chips
Greek Greens (Flash Cook to Eat Later)
Greek Lentil Soup
Greek Rice Salad with Artichokes & Feta
Greek Spinach-Asparagus-Potato Gratin (Spinaki me Sparaggia Orgraten)
Greek Zucchini Pie
Spiral Zucchini Noodle “Zoodle” Greek Salad

Corned Beef with Red Potatoes, Carrot Chunks, Cabbage Wedges & Cheese Sauce
Homemade Pub Cheese
Irish Beef Stew
Whole-wheat Irish 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 Skillet
Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (Italian Spaghetti with Garlic & Olive Oil)
Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella for a Crowd

Easy-Easy Jam Tart
Mini Tiramisu Cups with Pralines

Favorite Italian Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Caponata – Sicilian Eggplant
Homemade Minestrone Soup
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 (Chana Masala)
Mixed Fruit & Vegetable Salad

My Taco Party Menu (scroll down a bit)

Deep Mexico: Ingredient-Driven Mexican Meal Prep

Best Quick Tomato Salsa (Red Salsa)
Carrot-Jalapeño Quick Pickle Relish
Lime Crema
Mexican Salsa Bread
My Guacamole
Quick Jalapeño Pickles
Spiced Pickled Red Onions
Ten-Minute Foolproof Enchilada Sauce

Easy Green Chile Egg Casserole
Fried Egg Quesadillas
Green Chile Scrambled Eggs
Mexican Gas House Eggs
Refried Bean Sauce with Eggs on Top

A Veggie Venture recipes
Mexican Scrambled Eggs (Huevos Revueltos a la Mexicana)

Strawberry Salsa with Sweet-Cinnamon Baked Tortilla Chips

A Veggie Venture recipes
Homemade Guacamole with Tomatillos
Jicama-Mango Salsa with Chipotle
Laura's Famous Chunky Guacamole
Roasted Nopalito Tomatillo Salsa
Slow-Roasted Tomato Salsa

Beef Tacos with Avocado, Cucumber & Mango Salsa
Chicken Nachos with Homemade Pickled Jalapeño Rings
Easy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Oaxaca Tlayuda (Mexican Flat Tacos)
Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
Ten-Minute Enchiladas

A Veggie Venture recipes
Turkey on Pita with Tomatillo Sauce
Veggie Burritos with Cilantro Sauce
Zucchini Mushroom Tacos

Grilled Steak with Tomato-Avocado Salad in a Warm Poblano-Bacon Vinaigrette
Mexican Chicken Salad
Pork & Poblano Skillet
Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole
Shrimp Veracruz
Southwestern Chicken Taco Salad Plates
Steak & Poblanos
Ten-Minute Enchiladas

A Veggie Venture recipes
Cauliflower Steaks with Warm Corn & Poblano Salsa

Mexican Salsa Bread
Pan de Muerto (Bread for Day of the Dead)
Savory Cornbread Muffins

Alice Waters' Coleslaw
Deep Mexico Fruit Salad
Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

A Veggie Venture recipes
Chipotle Chickpea Salad
Easy Salsa Dressing
Eloisa's Jicama Salad
Pinto Bean Salad
Raw Mexican Street Corn Salad with Cauliflower Rice

How to Cook Dried Beans from Scratch (Slow Cooker or Oven Slow-Cooking)
Mexican Rice

A Veggie Venture recipes
Mexican Cauliflower "Rice"
Microwave Green Beans with Easy Tomatillo Salsa

Easy Tortilla Soup with Chicken or Turkey
White Chicken Chili

A Veggie Venture recipes
Chayote Soup with a Kick
Deep Mexico Carrot Soup with Tomatillo & Lime
Weight Watchers Mexican "Zero Points" Soup

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

Middle Eastern
Including Israeli, Lebanese, Moroccan & Turkish

Easy Garlic-Herb Mediterranean Chicken ("Med Chicken")

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
Spiced Preserved Lemons

Sesame Candy

Favorite Middle-Eastern Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Avocado Dip
Baba Ganoush (Middle Eastern Eggplant Spread)
Beet Salad with Sumac, Yogurt & Pita
Crazy-Smooth Crazy-Good Hummus
Egyptian Kamut Salad with Roasted Carrot & Pomegranate
Fattoush (Traditional Middle Eastern Salad)
How to Cook Dried Chickpeas Especially for Hummus aka "Jerusalem Chickpeas"
Jerusalem Salad
Red & Green Warm Spinach Salad
Roasted Eggplant with Pomegranate & Buttermilk-Yogurt Sauce
Roasted Eggplant “Hummus" (Eggplant & Chickpea Dip & Spread)
Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Tagine
Turkish Cucumber-Tomato-Olive Chopped Salad with Sumac

Borscht Beets with Sour Cream
Easy Skillet Stroganoff (Beef or Chicken)
Karelian Borscht (Finnish - Russian Beet Borscht Soup)

Finnish & Scandinavian

I lived in the south of Finland just outside Helsinki 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 How to Plant Lenten Grass (Easter Grass), an old Finnish custom.

Beef Stew with Cranberries
Cabbage Noodles
Estonian Deviled Eggs
Finn Crisp with Marmalade & Cheese
Finnish Meatballs
Finnish Summer Soup
Finnish Whole-Wheat Flatbread
Homemade Finnish Mustard
Karelian Borscht (Finnish - Russian Beet Borscht Soup)
Refrigerator Pickled Beets
Scandinavian Split-Pea Soup
Simple Grilled Salmon
Smoked Salmon Spread
Smoked Whitefish Spread on Cucumber
Swedish Rye Bread

Warm Baked Feta & Tomatoes with Shrimp
Zucchini Spiral "Noodle" Salad

Estonian Apple Cake
Finnish Fruit Tart (Rahkapiirakka)
Finnish Glöggi: Hot Red Wine "Mulled" with Winter Spices
Finnish Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake
Finnish Tiger Cake
Mini Blueberry Tarts

Favorite Recipes from Finland & Scandinavia from A Veggie Venture
Finn Crisp with Laughing Cow & Radishes
Finnish Carrot Casserole
Finnish Rosolli Salad
Finnish Summer Potato Salad
Homemade Swedish Potato Sausage (a picture essay of a grandmother passing along a family recipe)
How to Make Norwegian Lefse (video by expert lefse maker LeAnne Kruger)
Scalloped Swedes & Finns (tee hee)
Swedish Pickled Beets
Swedish Pickled Beetroot Salad
Swedish Red Cabbage & Apples

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 & Anchovies
Cauliflower Spanish Rice
Summer Vegetable Stew
Tomato & Sour Cherry Gazpacho
Tomato Gazpacho
Zucchini Timbale with Cheese (Crustless Zucchini Cheese Pie)

Cranberry Linzer Tart
Swiss Bircher Muesli

Thai Cantaloupe Salad
Eggplant & Bean Thai Curry Bowl

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

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