It Must Be a Midwest Thing
It wasn’t until I was in college that other students educated me about some unique treasures found in the Midwest. Prior to that time, I assumed they were universal… since it’s all I ever knew. Here are some gems that are exclusive to the Midwest:
Yard Geese – Personally, I’ve never understood this phenomenon. Dressing up a plastic goose and putting it on your lawn? Tacky. Very tacky.
Sugar Cream Pie – One of my college friends from South Dakota had never heard of sugar cream pie prior to living in Indiana. We always have this delicacy at our holidays; it’s my grandpa’s favorite!
Mashed Potatoes and Noodles – This is my family’s specialty. Mom and Grams make the best beef and noodles, which we then eat with mashed potatoes. A friend from college (originally from Florida) lovingly deemed this “starch on starch” and thought it was weird.
Headless Windmills – I don’t think this is necessarily on purpose, but they’re everywhere! Seriously.
Handbreaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich – My United Methodist church growing up had a tenderloin booth at the 4-H Fair every summer. Yum! Tenderloins were the subject of a documentary film in 1998 called In Search of the Famous Hoosier Breaded Tenderloin. Apparently the best can be found at Mr. Dave’s Restaurant in North Manchester, Indiana, just a few miles North of where I grew up.
What did I miss?