NEBRASKA - Pie #27 of 50 - Bryan Moreno
Nebraska has no state foods & I’ve never been there.
Nebraska though it produces some corn it’s nickname of “The Huskers” comes from early sports teams. In the state football is a religion, on game day Memorial stadium becomes the 3rd largest city.
It’s filled with long stretches of highways & the Omaha skyline is the perfect backdrop for the sunsets that spread across the rolling plains. Chimney Rock 300ft in the sky was a landmark for travelers throughout the history of America from the Oregon, California and Mormon trails.
Nebraska is home to Warren Buffet, Omaha steaks and the weird tradition of eating chilli with cinnamon rolls!
NE where the cows out number the residents 3.5 to 1 has given us many things like the 1st Arbor Day (April 10 1872 a million trees were planted), Kool-Aid (In 1927 Edwin Perkins of NE discovered how to take liquid out of flavored syrup, Kool-Aid was born) and most surprisingly the Reuben sandwich was created in 1930 by a Lithuanian grocer named of Reuben Kulakofsky in Omaha.
The pie is a Runza inspired pie! A rectangular pie with ground beef, cabbage, onions & sweet corn with a corn meal crust served with Dorothy Lynch dressing.
A Runza has German & Russian roots going back to the 18th century. The recipe was passed down from one generation to the next finding its way to the Midwest when it was originally served to field workers for lunch. The original is a yeast dough filled with beef, cabbage/sauerkraut, onions and seasons. The official Nebraska Runza is always baked in a rectangular shape.
Dorothy Lynch dressing is made exclusively in Duncan, NE a town of 359 people and is an all purpose condiment consisting of a blend of spices and orange coloring. IT’S DELICIOUS!
Nebraska is being received by Bryan Moreno. He is not from Nebraska but he did live on Lincoln st when we were in college. Lincoln is the state capital of Nebraska. It’s a stretch I know but Bryan deserves pie cause he is a lovely friend that lets me watch old sitcoms like Frasier on his couch while we chat about nothing in particular but everything important. That’s friendship.
To the state that’s all bout The Good Life”