Carbondale Area Jr. Sr. High School Advanced Food class of the Family & Consumer Science Department is studying regional foods of the United States.


Carbondale Area Jr. Sr. High School Advanced Food class of the Family & Consumer Science Department is studying regional foods of the United States. 
Starting in February, teacher Joelyn Mark asked each student in the class to write a letter to the governors of each state to ask about their state’s cuisine, for a favorite recipe of each governor.  The students plan to compile the recipes and create a “Governors’ Cookbook” for the class. Students will incorporate some of the recipes into their food labs as they study each cooking region. About 30 governors have sent recipes and information packets, along with autographed pictures.
The class has prepared a Southern “Sunday Picnic,” consisting of Southern fried chicken, Southern potato salad, traditional Southern deviled eggs, Southern red rice, corn-off-the-cob, iced tea — and topping the meal with a favorite dessert from Florida’s governor,  Rick Scott’s Key Lime Pie. 
Students have also prepared New England clam chowder from the New England states, Salsa Burgers and Huevos Rancheros from the Southwest and Chicken Corn Soup from the Dutch region of Pennsylvania. Further plans include meals from state of Louisiana and its Cajun and Creole cuisine.