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If you enjoy eating out and trying new restaurants, you'll find a lot of interesting information in this blog. My name is Patsy Rogers and my husband and I love going to different restaurants and eating a variety of foods. Every Saturday we eat at a different restaurant and many times we travel several miles to try a new place. We do a lot of research to find the best eating establishments and then we make plans to visit that location. In this blog, you'll learn how to find the best restaurants in your area, how to make smart menu selections and the proper etiquette for eating out. You'll also learn about the many different kinds of cuisine from around the world. I hope that you enjoy reading all about restaurants and that this blog helps to enhance your dining experience.

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Taking a Closer Look at Popular American Foods and Their Surprising Origins

by Andy Hill

America may be known as the land of opportunity, but it is also known for some of its most famous culinary creations and its mishmash of foods and cuisines from all around the world. Chances are if you eat traditional American foods, the things on your plate have some pretty interesting origins. Just how interesting these origins are may come as a bit of surprise, however. Here are a few of the top American food choices and a little about their background that may surprise you. 

Tater Tots

Perfectly shaped in cylindrical size for easy consumption, when you pop a tater tot in your mouth, you know you are probably in America. What you probably don't know is the tater tot as you know it was formed out of the need to cut down waste in fry production plants. One of the founders of the Ore-Ida company was actually trying to come up with a way to use the small shreds of potatoes leftover in their factory. He tossed them with flour and seasoning and formed them into the familiar shape to create the tater tot, which was first marketed in 1956. 

Peanut Butter

What do you do when you need a protein-filled food that is easy to chew without teeth? Well, of course, you make peanut paste or at least that is what chemist Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Quebec thought was fitting. Edson first got a patent for his peanut paste in America in 1884 and John Harvey Kelley embellished on the process by using boiled peanuts instead of roasted in 1898. Kelley served his paste to patients at his sanatorium often on bread, which is believed to be where the original peanut sandwich was born. 


Ground meat, traditionally beef or pork, shaped into a patty and topped with ooey-gooey melted cheese gives you a cheeseburger, which is an American food staple that can be found at any city in the country. Yet, most people have no idea that the cheese on a patty of ground meat was likely only added on a fluke when a 16-year-old fry cook accidentally dropped a piece of cheese on a sizzling burger in 1926. Who knew that nearly 100 years later, the cheeseburger would be one of America's most famous foods. 

The next time you swing by your favorite eatery to grab a bite to eat with your family, take a moment to appreciate where some of your favorite American foods came from. If you do a little extra digging, you may find that even the main staples in your kitchen have a very interesting history.