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Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: State foods according to Lou

*Lou Groccia and Lucy Pickett can’t stop chewing the fat.*

Browsing through one of my iPad food apps the other day yielded a nice surprise. It was a list by The Cooking Channel of the 50 states and the food most associated with each state.

While most of the selections were to be expected (Florida’s was key lime pie), I got to thinking about food options for the New England states and decided I could do the channel’s selections one better. That would actually be six better. Let’s just say, this really brought out the Italian in me.

Rhode Island’s food was frozen lemonade. Really? Don’t they eat regular food in our tiniest state? Goodbye frozen lemonade, hello limoncello gelato.

Vermont’s food was Cheddar cheese apple pie. Wouldn’t you really rather try some Italian ricotta pie?

New Hampshire laid claim to a New England boiled dinner, which sounds a bit like cheating to me. Time to make some bollito misto, a much subtler version of the aforementioned N.E. boiled dinner.

Maine’s claim to culinary fame is the venerated lobster roll. Not easy to top that. But I’ll try anyway. How about some lobster fra diavolo? The spiced flavors are already crying out to me.

Connecticut’s offering was white clam pizza. I can live with that.

And last and certainly not least, Massachusetts was represented by clam chowder. A classic, to be sure. But why not up the ante a little with spaghetti alle vongole in bianco, which is spaghetti with clams in a white sauce?

By the way, be thankful we live where we do. You know what food represented Nevada? The Las Vegas all-you-can-eat buffet.

Seriously. You could look it up.

— Lou

Something tells me you would do all right with that Las Vegas all-you-can eat buffet. They probably would have some kind of pasta for the Italian in you.

— Lucy

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