Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Indiana State Dinner

Breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches
Orville Reddenbacher's Popcorn
Van Camp's Pork and Beans
Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Pork is a major product of Indiana. Pork tenderloin sandwiches are popular throughout the Midwest but are also a famous sandwich from Indiana. In 1998 there was even a documentary released called "In Search of the Famous Hoosier Breaded Tenderloin."

Orville Reddenbacher was born and raised in Brazil, Indiana. He developed his own hybrid of popcorn in Valparaiso, Indiana. In 1970, he started selling his gourmet popcorn which is still the most popular brand of popcorn in America.

From the Van Camp's website: "America’s #1 Pork & Beans since 1909! Van Camp’s Pork & Beans traces its roots back to 1861 when Gilbert Van Camp and his wife Hester opened a family grocery store in Indianapolis, IN where they canned fruits and vegetables. Gilbert’s son, Frank, discovered that their Pork & Beans tasted even better when served hot in tomato sauce. He began to advertise the notion, and an American favorite was born." The Van Camp family also supplied pork and beans to Union soldiers during the Civil War.

Water is the official State Beverage.

Sugar cream pie was voted Indiana's Official State Pie in 2009. Sugar cream pie is about as old as the state itself and believed to have been brought to the state by Quaker settlers. How does it taste? Sugar. Cream. Pie. Need I say more?

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