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Friday, April 24, 2015

A-Z Challenge Letter Unique Eats

Okay, today's Letter U might be a stretch, but we are coming down to the end of this A-Z so please humor me and allow letter U to represent Unique Eats. Yes, today's post is going to be all about some foods that are extremely popular here in New Jersey, but I'm not too sure about the rest of the country...

It's funny, because of NJ's location (between New York and Pennsylvania) you can always tell what part of Jersey someone is from, by how they order their food.


You will most likely call it pork roll, if you are from South Jersey or the Philly area. But it is also known as Taylor Ham to North Jersey folks and most New Yorkers. The Hawaiians have their spam, but here in Jersey we've got our pork roll. And man, oh man, there is nothing  better than a hot pork roll, egg and cheese on a hard roll for breakfast!!

What is pork roll, exactly? It's a pork based processed meat originating in New Jersey. It was developed by John Taylor of Trenton, NJ back in 1856. Pork roll is not available on the West Coast, so whenever we had visitors from back East, we told them not to bother coming, if they didn't stuff their luggage with some good old fashioned pork roll.


Another unique food item that originated and was created in Atlantic City, New Jersey is salt water taffy. What kid from Jersey hasn't been caught walking down the boards with a piece of salt water taffy stuck between their teeth? Forget ta bout it!! Now, millions of boxes of salt water taffy is sold world-wide. But it all started in little old Jersey.

I'll never forget when we moved out to California, and my dad called for pizza the first time. He said, in his super North Jersey accent,  "I'd like to order two large pies please."

After a full minutes pause, the girl on the other side of the phone said, "Um sir, we um, don't like, sell pie here. This is a pizza place!" Ha.

To us Jersey folks, pizza has always been known as "pie". And let me tell you how disappointed we were with that West Coast version of pizza. If you can't fold a slice in half, it's not real pizza!! At least, not to us.

This is how we eat pizza in Jersey. Folded in half!

So, what about you? What foods are unique to your neck of the woods? Do you fold your pizza in half? Have you ever tried a porkroll, egg and cheese on a hard roll? (You don't know what you're missing if you haven't!) What about good old fashioned Atlantic City salt water taffy? Ever tried it?




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  1. I haven't tried those. I just had lunch, but now I'm hungry again!

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    1. Never takes all that long after a meal that I wind up getting hungry, all over again.

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  2. In the package, the porkroll doesn't look so appetizing, but in the sandwich it looks good...and that's coming from a vegetarian. LOL!

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    1. Hahaha. I got my BFF's husband to try pork roll for the first time when I visited them in California. He was a bit put off by the look but loved the taste of it once he tried it.

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  3. I've heard it called pie and pizza. I pizza pie. Funny they didn't know what it meant.
    Didn't know that's where salt water taffy began.
    And please tell me pork roll is better than spam...

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    1. Pork roll tastes WAY better than Spam. But shhh, don't tell Ilima Todd I said that....lol. I don't think either product, however, is very good for anyone's cholesterol. I have to say that my consumption of pork roll is done in moderation, for that very reason.

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  4. Oh that pizza looks delish! I used to love salt water taffy as a kid. Yep, I've been to the Jersey Shore girl 'cause I grew up in York, Pa. Now you talk about some Pennsylvania Dutch food right there! Ever have hog maw? It's a pig stomach stuffed with sausage, potatoes and cabbage. YUMMY!!!! Can't wait to go home this summer and have me some hog maw. How about shoe fly pie?

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    1. I love PA Dutch food. Especially shoe fly pie and whoopie pies and that ham loaf the Amish make is so good. I never tried hog maw- at least I don't think I have. But I might next time I'm in the Lancaster area!

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  5. I've heard pizzas called pies, but not everywhere. It is funny that they didn't know what it meant. And, although I make some really odd gf pizza that doesn't fold well, I have eaten it that way - it depends on if it's a thick or thin crust. For some reason that picture of the folded picture reminds me of a classy dressed professor I had in college who I caught eating pizza that way at a student pizza shop - it struck me as hilarious because he still "neatly" eating his pizza but using his fingers. The West coast way of picking it up as a whole slice is a bit messier on the fingers - we're just not as refined. :)

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    1. I would have laughed at that professor too, trying to eat his pizza all refined-like.

      Funny how different states adopt different terms for the same foods- like, hoagies or subs or heroes, when it comes to sandwiches. Pizza on the West Coast can be picked up straight because of the crust. Just like Chicago pizza. It's deep dish. Here, we use the thin crust method, so if you pick your piece of pizza up straight, all of your toppings will do a nose dive right onto your lap. Not fun.

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  6. Yum with that pork roll sandwich! Yep, you are right, no pork roll here on the west coast or in Arizona as far as I have seen. Haven't rolled my pizza like that to eat it but have heard of others doing it :) Now I want pizza and a pork roll sandwich!

    betty

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    1. Me too!! And yeah, the whole time we lived in California we craved NY style pizza and pork roll from back east. But now, we miss all of the amazing Mexican food and ingredients that were readily available to us in CA, but are no where to be found here. I can't get good chiles anywhere!!

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  7. Pork roll, egg and cheese! Of course! Gosh I haven’t had one in a long time. I’m hankering for one now, though.
    Even though I’m Italian, and from NJ I eat my pizza with a knife and fork. I’ve burned the roof of my mouth too many times.

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    1. Nothing worse than a pizza burn on the roof of your mouth. Your taste buds are dead for days...it seems like forever before they come back to you.

      I don't eat much pork roll anymore (because of my overall fatness and high cholesterol), however, every once in a while I get a real big craving for it and I ask The Husband to go on a pork roll run. Even WaWa has a decent pork roll egg and cheese sandwich now. It' great.

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  8. I don't fold pizza in half--I enjoy every bite of it. Folding it would make me eat it too quickly. I'm in Nashville and the South is home to grits and sweet tea--I like neither of those things.

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    1. I have a cousin right outside of Nashville, it's such a prettyplace. I am not much of a sweet tea fan myself, but my mom makes some outstanding grits! However you eat pizza, as long as you enjoy it, that's all that matters. And I love my pizza. I think I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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  9. My mother-in-law is close to 89, grew up in Queens, and still calls pizza,: pie. Pork roll is unknown here in SoCa. but am visiting Chicago so, will check in their markets. It may be under exotic foods.

    But, give me old fashioned salt water taffy anytime. They remind me of county fairs.

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    1. Salt water taffy reminds me of fairs and the boardwalk in summer time. I swear I can smell the sea air when I bit into a piece of it.

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  10. My husband is from Ridgewood New Jersey and one of his sisters still live in Saddlebrook. We've been together for almost 25 years and I still remember the first time we saw Taylor Ham in our grocery store and how he just had to get it and share it with me. lol We don't see it around here in Las Vegas very often but they had it and while it was ok...I didn't think it was worth the price of almost $15.00 for a small roll of it. But it made hubby very happy and he even called his sisters to let them know what he found. lol Oh and I love salt water taffy.

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    1. I think it represents a little piece of home when you see it. I know we missed it, not so much for the taste, but more for the nostalgia factor. You know how some foods just take you right back to your childhood.

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  11. I'm vegetarian so the pork roll is out for me, but I have to tell you: I'm born and raised in the south but I've always enjoyed folding my pizza. :) Fun post! Made my mouth water.

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    1. Thanks Jess- Glad to hear my writing could elicit that type of response. It seems I have a lot of vegetarian followers these days!

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  12. jaybird,

    I've never been to the east coast so haven't heard of the pork roll at all. I've heard of the taffy, but I don't eat things that stick to my teeth (this also includes caramel.) I guess I'm weird like that. I have heard of pizza being called pizza pie and I love a thin crust so that could be folded to eat it.

    One of my sisters has lived in upstate NY for almost thirty years and some of the expressions she comes up with seem really crazy to me. We sure do talk differently all over the country.

    I enjoyed this post.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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    1. I hope after reading some of my NJ posts, you may want to visit. I know you are looking to move in the near future. Who knows, maybe you'll become an East Coast girl?

      It is funny how we all speak the same language, but have such different expressions. I'm glad you enjoyed my post.

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    1. Probably because you don't have thin crust down in your neck of the woods. Virtually impossible to fold non-New York style pizza to eat it.

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  14. The pork roll looks very tasty :) I have to admit I have never folded a piece of pizza - I usually eat it with a knife and fork :).

    I'm not sure if we have anything unique to the area around here - having looked it up it says we have something called Kent Well Pudding (a fish dish with suet and currants) and a Kentish Pudding Pie (sweet rice pudding with pasty on top), however, I have lived in Kent my entire life and have never heard of either of these ;)

    One thing I have heard of is Huffkins - they are a cross between an English teacake and a modern bagel. Never eaten one though :)
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Oh I think I would like that Huffkin, I love bagels and English teacakes. But I'm not so sure I would like that fish dish with the suet and currants though. That might take an aquired taste. Funny you live there and have never heard of either.

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  15. Hi, Jaybird!
    Thanks for you kind visits to my blog.. I like the soft crust pizza, too. It was called Pizza Pie back in the day...I lived in Indiana when I first became aware of pizza pie, back in the 1950's. I was a newly-wed then. Now, a great grandma. :-).
    Ruby

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    1. Hi Ruby! You are very welcome. I am enjoying my visits to your blog a ton. Good to hear we are not the only ones who call it "pizza pie". I think my dad confused that poor girl at the pizza place though.

      A newly-wed in the 1950's and a great grandma- wow, the stories you could tell. Life sure is different now than back in the 50's, I'm sure.

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  16. I had no idea salt water taffy originated in New Jersey. Very cool. I have heard of pizza being called "pie" but not in Wyoming. I don't think we have a food that is original to Wyoming but we do eat Buffalo burgers.

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    1. Oh I like buffalo burgers, they are very lean and have a non-gamey taste, like some other large meats. My daughter had been trying out some Native American recipes/dishes and made a buffalo stew that was just delicious- she shared it with her classmates a few years ago. It was so good they still talk about it and request she make it for them all the time!!

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  17. This post made me smile. Isn't it funny how every region has their own 'food' that usually is foreign to everybody else. I'm from Chicago (originally) and I gotta tell you there is no folding a Chicago Style Pizza in half but we do call it 'pizza pie' there. After I moved to the west what was missing most was good sausage (this is before I became a vegetarian), of any link and good hard rolls. Ah well, today I eat neither of those things. No meat because I'm a vegetarian and no grain products because of a general allergy that triggers my autoimmune disease.

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