Sunday, January 22, 2012

Kansas State Dinner

Buffalo Burgers
Chuckwagon Potatoes
Rainbow fruit platter
Rustic Apple Pie

The American buffalo (bison) is the official state animal of Kansas. They once roamed freely all over the Kansas prairie. And they are very tasty! Bison meat is lower in fat and cholesterol than beef but tastes very similar.

I made a rainbow of fruit as a nod to The Wizard of Oz, which took place in Kansas. (Red - strawberries, Orange - peaches, Yellow - pineapple, Green - kiwi, Blue - blueberries, Purple - grapes)

Lewis and Clark crossed the northeastern corner of the state in 1804, opening the way west.
Many pioneers followed and blazed new trails: the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon Trail, the Chisholm Trail, the Western Cattle Trail, and the Pony Express. Pioneer women served pies frequently. Pie is an adaptable recipe that could make use of regional fruits. A galette is a rustic pie that can be baked on a baking sheet rather than a pie pan.

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