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If u were bringing a dish for a 4th of July picnic what could u bring? Besides veggiedogs. I guess potato salad is American? Vegan recipe anyone?
 

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Watermelon.

But if I was trying to impress people, I'd bring an ice cream maker and make some homemade vegan ice cream on the spot.
 

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Originally Posted by ebonyvegetarian View Post

Is watermelon American?
The watermelon I'm munching on today was grown locally, so I guess so. I don't think there's really any imported watermelon.

Wait... Are you only looking for items that originally came from America? In that case, you're veggiedogs are out as well. There are very few foods that were born here in America originally. Most of our favorite entrees were brought over by immigrants.

You could always bake an apple pie.
 

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Side-note:

Whenever I'm bringing food to an omni potluck, I try not to bring anything that's a fake meat or any tofu. Most omni's really can't figure out what we eat, and if you ask any omni to go through their kitchen for something vegan, most will only find the lettuce. I want to show that its not impossible or strange.

This is an opportunity to show that it really is "doable" to live a meat/animal-free lifestyle, while still eating normal everyday foods... without being preachy. You don't even have to mention your veganism, and you'll still make your point.

I'll chop up and fry an onion, and then pour in a can or two of Bush's vegetarian baked beans.
I'll make cornbread using 1/4 cup of applesauce, and a bit of extra sugar.
You can pull out the deep fryer and make vegan hush puppies or corn nuggets.

I live in the southeast, so boiled peanuts is high on my list. I just boiled up 5lbs yesterday. The only other place in the world that eats peanuts like this (that I am aware of) is Ethiopia...and they shell the nuts to make a soup. So, if American is your theme, this is a good candidate.

I'll sometimes just hit the grocery store if I'm pressed for time, and buy "accidentally vegan" items like tortilla chips and salsa, maybe some guacamole if I can buy it fresh, accidentally vegan cookies (Oreos, Nabisco Classics Snickerdoodles, or the super-cheap $1 per bag kind - they're usually vegan), Fritoes and bean dip, a big jar of giant dill pickles.

This is the best vegan pumpkin pie ever!!!
I get my raw cashews from an Indian Grocery to save money.
Also, I hate over-spiced pumpkin pies.
I use half as much pumpkin pie spice, and add 1tsp cinnamon. Mmmm...
It calls for vegan cream cheese, but reading the author's blog, it can be omitted with results that are just as yummy.
http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2010/...mpkin-pie.html
 

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I apologize for the triple-post, but I'm running on a lot of caffeine, and my brain is stuck on this topic.

I recently made a vegan mock chicken salad that was killer.
When I co-workers asked me what it was, I called it a chickpea salad.

I soaked a few cups of dry chick peas (garbanzos) in some Not Chik'n bouillon broth, and then boiled them until they were tender.
I mashed them up with a fork, and added vegan mayonnaise, a little mustard, some dill weed, celery seed, black pepper, salt, sweet relish, and dill relish.
At first it didn't taste right, but once it sat in the fridge overnight the flavors blended very well!
 

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I know it's past the fourth but I'm going to just throw my two cents into the hat here. Crispy fried potato skins! If I know anything about the American diet. (and I so do) They love their heart attack worthy potato skins with bacon, cheese and chives. Though I would go the rout of fresh chopped scallion, vegan cheese, tempeh bacon, maybe some vegan green chili spooned on top, and I've found if you mix the tofutti "cream cheese" with a little fresh squeezed lime juice it makes an excellent sour cream sub! Bet they'll b really good and no one will have a heart attacked linked with them.
 

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I did a red, white, and blue fruit salad. Watermelon, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, and some jicama to add some white. I used cookie cutters to cut the watermelon and jicama into the shape of stars. The kids loved the star-shaped fruit!
 

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Originally Posted by Hazelnut View Post

I apologize for the triple-post, but I'm running on a lot of caffeine, and my brain is stuck on this topic.

I recently made a vegan mock chicken salad that was killer.
When I co-workers asked me what it was, I called it a chickpea salad.

I soaked a few cups of dry chick peas (garbanzos) in some Not Chik'n bouillon broth, and then boiled them until they were tender.
I mashed them up with a fork, and added vegan mayonnaise, a little mustard, some dill weed, celery seed, black pepper, salt, sweet relish, and dill relish.
At first it didn't taste right, but once it sat in the fridge overnight the flavors blended very well!
that's exactly how I make mine, but I use chopped green olives too. My mustard is dijon. I also use a food processor to chop them finely. Oh, and I add chopped celery instead of seed.....yummy!
 

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A big piece of humble pie. That's probably what many people in the US need to consume.
Because we're the only ones in the whole world that think we're better than everyone else...right?
It's called ethnocentrism, and Europeans are just as guilty of it.
 

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Is watermelon American?
I mention it because it is a traditional food americans take to 4th of July picnics.
 

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A big piece of humble pie. That's probably what many people in the US need to consume.
Yeah... because I've never met a cocky person who isn't American.
 
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