Welcome to the All American Road Trip

Summertime is here and while planning a vacation may look a little different this year, experts say that record numbers of Americans will be embarking upon a very familiar journey: the good old-fashioned Summer Road Trip!  From SUVs and campers filled with families and friends to convertibles carrying couples, the open road is an open invitation to discover great regional foods from every corner of America.

Aunt Nellie’s and READ are teaming up to help you map out menus with delicious recipe favorites, as well as provide you with just about everything needed to keep you and the family happy during your adventure.  We’re talking games, music and so much more.  Each week, we’ll spotlight a different region of the United States and its hallmark recipes. Keep coming back to check out the latest recipe offerings.

Follow the “New” Rules of the Road 

Staying safe to help contain the spread of Covid-19 is still a very important priority, so be sure to follow local rules when it comes to traveling and being out-and-about. Pack plenty of hand sanitizer, stay away from crowds and wear a mask when required. Show your style and create special family face masks!

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Regional Recipes to Explore

United States of Sandwiches

Sandwiches have no real borders – they’re crowd-pleasers from coast-to-coast. It is said that the 4th Earl of Sandwich in England in 1762 was the first to put ingredients between two pieces of bread for a one-handed meal while playing cards. Today, Americans have taken the art of sandwiches up a notch, creating some of the most inspired outlets for delicious ingredients whether in bread, wrapped in tortillas or atop bread as a tartine or crostini.

Pacific Coast Cravings

Home to excellent fresh seafood and copious fresh produce, the Pacific Coast inspires fresh, satisfying dishes with a distinct flair. It was California that introduced the avocado to the rest of American, and the Oregon and Washington coasts are famous for fresh salmon and other bounty from the ocean. (Did you know that Green Goddess dressing was invented in 1923 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco?)

 

Savory Southwest Flavors

Rustic cooking with a spicy edge (subtle or strong – that’s up to you!) from the region’s ties with Mexico are front and center in the Southwest. Jalapenos, Chipotles and other peppers bring color and heat to dishes that sing with multi-cultural flavors. Practically anything – including beets! – can be enjoyed in taco form, as well.

 

Midwest Mealtime Favorites

The Heartland is about as American as it comes, even though immigrants from all corners of the globe melded their unique flavors into local dishes. You’ll find hearty all-American crowd-pleasers rooted in meats and vegetables that best define menus in the Midwest.

 

Foods with Southern Flair

The South rose to prominence with honest, homemade soul food fare with bold flavors.  Farmers needed all-day sustenance in the fields with foods like corn bread that traveled well. The South is also known for light and refreshing dishes that were enjoyed in the height of heat waves.

Great Things to Nosh on from the Northeast

The Northeast is renowned for its diverse flavors, thanks to its immigrant roots. People of all backgrounds and heritages from all parts of Europe, Scandinavia and Russia brought flavor flair with cured pastas and meats, hearty soups and stews smoked and cured fish and condiment classics.

No Road Trip is Complete Without Music

To get the road trip inspiration going, Aunt Nellie’s and READ have created a killer Spotify playlist so you can keep one foot on the gas and the other tapping to some great road trip tunes.

Games on the Go

We’ve got you covered on entertainment along the way, too! Here are suggestions for classic road-trip movies and games to play in the car or on a couch at home!

 

Road Trip Movies to Watch at Home or in the Car

We’ve pulled together a list of movies to entertain and inspire road trippers of all ages. Download them onto devices for watching on-the-go, or hit the couch with a great snack from Aunt Nellie’s or READ for road trip movie night at home! 

After a Trip, it’s Nice to Go Back Home!