Independence Day is the day we celebrate America.So why do our celebrations favor a microscopic subset of the vast hodgepodge of iconic dishes that have come to represent American cuisine?Not that there’s anything wrong with hamburgers and hot dogs. But we’ve produced far too many uniquely brilliant culinary creations over the course of our history to let a small handful of them hog the spotlight.So, as we first did last year, let’s take a moment to honor 10 more iconic American foods that can be found around the Valley, from wildly popular to bordering on obscure. Some are American riffs on dishes brought from overseas; some are unique products of our fields and shores.MORE AZCENTRAL ON SOCIAL: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | PinterestBut all of them are delicious, and all of them are American.Arguments about what constitutes a “proper” chowder are merely evidence of the dish’s importance to American cuisine. For the purposes of this piece, we’ll limit our scope to the white, dairy-based variant. Chowder has been traced, etymologically speaking, to the shores of France, but it’s the bivalve-laden beaches of New England where the dish became an icon. I’m not immune to the pasty charms of a cup that makes your spoon stand straight up. But nothing… Read full this story
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