God Bless the USA: 15 foods that make you proud to be an American!

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As we reflect on that tragic morning of September 11, 2001, let us also be reminded of all the great things that make our country so great…like GOOD FOOD! Smile as you think about the time you and dad went to your first baseball game and how sick you got from eating too many chili cheese hot dogs; close your eyes and reminisce on how you loved coming home from college to the smell of mama’s homemade apple pie; be thankful for nostalgic memories like your first camping trip and what the first bite of a gooey s’more tasted like. As for me, here are my top 15 favorite all-American food staples that make me thankful to live in the U-S-of-A!

Macaroni and Cheese

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Although its origins are Italian, since 1937 when Kraft put it in a blue box and inside the stomachs of kids everywhere, Mac ‘n Cheese has been an American staple! Hot pasta tossed in melted cheese is the comfort food from the GODS!

Chicago-Style Pizza

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Less like a pizza and more like a pie, the Chicago deep dish pizza is are true American icon! Making the crust three inches tall and putting the tomato sauce on top changed the pizza game in a big way!

Buffalo Wings

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All I need in this life of sin are spicy buffalo wings dipped in a cool ranch dressing! YUM!

Tator Tots

Sonic Drive-In or out of an Ore-Ida bag, I never pass up a piping-hot tot!

Sonic Drive-In or out of an Ore-Ida bag, I never pass up a piping-hot tot!

Campfire S’mores

I don't always go camping but when I do, I'm sitting fireside with a graham cracker, a roasted marshmallow and a Hershey's chocolate bar, constructing the perfect campfire treat!

I don’t always go camping but when I do, I’m sitting fireside with a graham cracker, a roasted marshmallow and a Hershey’s chocolate bar, constructing the perfect campfire treat!

Philly Cheesesteak

Some are Team Pat's, others are Team Geno's. I don't care who makes it, just get me one!

Some are Team Pat’s, others are Team Geno’s. I don’t care who makes it, just get me one!

Chicken & Waffles

Chicken and Waffles with a side of bottomless mimosas-my all-time favorite brunch meal!

Chicken and Waffles with a side of bottomless mimosas–my all-time favorite brunch meal!

Barbecue

From Fourth of July cookouts to family reunion backyard parties, everybody's Uncle is out there doing work on the grill!

From Fourth of July cookouts to family reunion backyard parties, everybody’s Uncle is out there doing work on the grill!

Biscuits and Gravy

Buttermilk biscuits smothered with SAUSAGE gravy is a forever Southern staple!

Buttermilk biscuits smothered with SAUSAGE gravy is a forever Southern staple!

Chicken Fried Steak

Blanketed with creamy white gravy and complimented with whipped mashed potatoes and seasoned green beans...YAAAAASSS!

Blanketed with creamy white gravy and complimented with whipped mashed potatoes and seasoned green beans…YAAAAASSS!

A&W Root Beer Floats

Having a root beer float every once now-and-then means you NEVER have to grow up!

Having a root beer float every now-and-then means you NEVER have to grow up!

Bacon Cheeseburgers

Fired-grilled beef patties adorned with thick strips of hickory smoked bacon and melted AMERICAN cheese...are you drooling yet?

Fired-grilled beef patties adorned with thick strips of hickory smoked bacon and melted AMERICAN cheese…are you drooling yet?

New York Hot dogs

Eating a Nathan's hot dog on Coney Island is SO American!

Eating a Nathan’s hot dog on Coney Island is SO American!

 

Apple Pie

They don't say, "As American as apple pie," for no reason!

They don’t say, “As American as apple pie,” for no reason!

Thanksgiving Dinner

The American food to trump ALL American foods, it's the traditional Thanksgiving dinner!

Last but definitely not least, the American food to trump ALL American foods, I give you the traditional Thanksgiving dinner!

 

What’s your favorite American food?!

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