Have you ever moved to a new region and/or state? Have you ever traveled? My answer to all three of these questions is yes, I have, to all of the above. I have moved across my home state of California and together, with my husband, Russell and our oldest daughter, Alyssa, established a very happy home in the San Joaquin Valley, when we relocated from the Bay Area. I know that doesn't sound like a huge move but it was a whole new region for us and there were new mannerisms, expressions and even foods to learn about and experience. Our family has moved from California to Arizona where we lived a blissful nine years. We learned a lot about cultural and religious differences there but did not experience much in the way of food differences, unless you count the countless hot sauces. Our family has also moved from Arizona to Pennsylvania, where we live today. This has been the most difficult move so far, especially for me. The people here in the East are very different from what I am used to as a West Coast Gal.
So what is a girl to do? Learn about and come to love and appreciate the area through its many inventive and delicious food treats of course! I have learned how to make delectable pierogies and eaten slices of Moravian Sugar Cake and Funny Cake alike. I enjoy the area's cookies and breads and try my best to learn about and taste as many regional specialties as my workout routine will allow. I have many, many sweet lessons to learn, but, I am up for the challenge!
How about you, Dear Reader? How do you learn about a new region/state you have relocated to in life? Do you learn about it through food, by joining groups, what? Please share in the comments section and maybe you can help a transplant feel more at home.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor