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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

With Italian, Greek, German, Japanese and every other style of restaurant you can think of practically on every street corner, it may seem difficult to come up with some examples of good ol' authentic American cuisine. Following are a couple of examples that might surprise you.

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Today's Random Fact:

Chinese Food. All across America, Chinese buffets offer endless arrays of beautiful, deep-fried, grease-soaked food. General Tso's chicken, chop suey, egg rolls, chow mein, fortune cookies. What do all these dishes have in common? They were all invented in America. Chinese people typically eat rice with vegetables and maybe a little meat. And it's not battered or fried, and it's certainly not filled with cheese. That's all American.

Bonus Fact:

Fajitas. In 1984, Texas A&M lecturer Homero Recio traced fajita history back to the ranches of 1930s south and west Texas. According to Recio, the Mexican cowboys, known as vaqueros, working in Texas often received throwaway scraps as part of their pay, including the cow's diaphragm. The diaphragm, which we now call a skirt steak, is covered with a tough membrane that allowed the vaqueros to grill it outdoors directly on open mesquite coals--the prototypical fajita.

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