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@DarkObsidian
That looks very nice. Here in the US, split pea soup is frequently made with ham or bacon, plus onion, sometimes canned tomatoes, and perhaps sliced carrots and rice or cooked egg noodles. American "egg noodles" are wide curly pasta and similar to spaetzle or kluski noodles, in texture and common use, if not in shape.

@kleptomage
That also seems very good. What spices do you use in sweet potato pie?
DarkObsidian
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@Background Pony #6CE3

Hm, it all sounds very interesting and delicious. But I would have thought that bacon, onions, canned tomatoes, and sliced carrots are more likely to be served together with baked beans in the American kitchen as a pan dish. But I probably just watched too many western movies. ;-D

At the same time, I am well aware that American cuisine is so incredibly large and creative, especially due to the many influences of the most diverse immigrant nationalities, that it is difficult to keep track of it. In Europe, people tend to be a little more traditional and reserved. But basically very open-minded towards everything else.

The only thing I can't stand in the kitchen is frozen convenience food. You can eat it once, but it is actually so lovelessly made that after every frozen pizza I ask myself WHY I do this to myself. Unfortunately, you don't always have the time and desire to cook fresh food. ;-)
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@DarkObsidian
You aren't wrong. America is a big place, with numerous regional cuisines, and innumerable family traditions. "How do Americans eat?" is a question with an answer that fills books.

As for frozen "convenience food," I think it exists for the same reason as "fast food" restaurants, and it is no coincidence that both appeared in the US just after the war, for the needs of a heavy-industry work force that commonly worked sixty hour weeks. People eat it not because they like it, but because they work long hours and lack time to prepare food. I will admit that when my work hours increase the number of cheap (in all senses of the word) Little Caesar's brand pizzas I eat increases likewise—not because it is especially good pizza, but because it is $5 and available for immediate takeout when I pass a Little Caesar's on the way home from work.
DarkObsidian
Ten years of changes - Celebrated the 10th anniversary of MLP:FiM!
My Little Pony - 1992 Edition
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EAW Panzerfuchs
@Background Pony #6CE3

Yeah, that sounds familiar. In the years after the war and after the "economic miracle" (Wirtschaftswunder) in Germany, convenience and fast food enjoyed great popularity here too. Especially during the 1970s, when the sexual revolution led to more and more single households. My late father was a child of that generation and loved convenience food all his life.

Well, I myself had phases in my life in which I hardly had any money and also had to feed myself mainly through cheap convenience food. I have also tried to refine these meals a little bit, but if the basis of a meal is not very good, you should not expect miracles. That is why I try as best I can to limit myself to fresh ingredients.

But of course I still often use frozen meat and canned side dishes. That's just the downside of being single. ;-)
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