Miss USA Pageant

On July 12th the Miss USA pageant will be taking place on television. In order to celebrate American pride here are some state’s famous dishes that you can enjoy while watching.

  • Alaska: King Salmon
  • California: Fish Tacos
  • Florida: Key Lime Pie
  • Georgia: Peach Pie
  • Maryland: Crab
  • Massachusetts: New England clam chowder
  • New Jersey: Pizza
  • Pennsylvania: Philly Cheese Steak

Ideas inspired by http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/50-state-foods.html

All-American RecipeS

Alaskan Inspired: Sesame Ginger Salmon, recipe provided below (adapted by Damn Delicious

    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
    • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
    • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
    • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
    • 4 salmon filets
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
    1. To make the glaze, whisk together honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, Sriracha, ginger and sesame seeds in a small bowl; set aside.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds and green onions.
    3. In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine ginger marinade and salmon filets; marinate for at least 30 minutes to overnight, turning the bag occasionally.
    4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
    5. Place salmon filets along with the marinade onto prepared baking dish and bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 20 minutes.
    6. Serve salmon immediately with honey ginger glaze.

Florida Inspired: Key Lime Pie, recipe provided below (adapted from Mom On Timeout


  • Graham cracker crust
    • 1½ cups ground graham crackers
    • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
    • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • Key Lime Filling
    • 2 14 oz cans sweetened condensed milk
    • ½ cup light sour cream
    • ¾ cup lime juice OR key lime juice
    • zest from 2 regular limes or 4 key limes
  • Whipped Cream Topping
    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • ½ cup powdered sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Graham cracker crust
    • Preheat oven to 375F.
    • Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a small bowl. Press the crumb mixture into an 8" - 9.5" pie pan. Bake for 7 minutes. Cool for at least 30 minutes.
  • Key Lime Filling
    • Preheat oven to 350F
    • Whisk together sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime zest in a medium bowl. Pour into prepared graham cracker crust and bake for 10 minutes.
    • Let pie cool slightly before chilling. Chill for at least 3 hours.
  • Whipped Cream Topping
    • Beat heavy cream and sugar together in a mixer until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Spread or pipe the whipped cream on top of the cooled pie. Top with additional lime zest if desired.