FROG EYE SALAD AND EVERY OTHER SIDE DISH YOU’LL ENJOY IN YOUR NEW LOCATION
A hearty meal with family and friends is a staple of the holidays, and for travelers, being away from this annual tradition can be one of the most difficult aspects of the job. At the same time though, the healthcare industry is full of kind, generous people who give of themselves not only to their patients but to their coworkers.
For you as a traveler, this means you’ll likely be invited to a holiday event and asked to sit down for one of these wonderful meals.
Your tablemates are apt to be as diverse as the food offerings, especially if you’re traveling somewhere new, so to help you out, here's some advice about the most popular side dishes from around the country as well as what you can do to make the most of your event.
* Find the frog. If you’re not from the Mountain West, the idea of frog eye salad will seem particularly repulsive. However, this dish is beloved in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming and requires no frogs to lose their eyes in its creation. Instead frog eye salad is actually a mixture of acini de pepe pasta, crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, pasta, coconut and mini-marshmallows. It’s delicious.
* You’re safe with pumpkin. No matter where you are it seems you're safe to bring a dish with pumpkin in it. Hawaiians love pumpkin crunch, New Mexicans pumpkin rolls, and pumpkin whoopie pie is big in New England.
* Savor sweet salads. The holidays are a wonderful time to merge your salad with a little extra dessert. Cookie salad is big in North Dakota, while South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa enjoy Snickers salad. Hawaiian salad is popular in … Illinois. Pretzel salad is big in Delaware. Georgia does a different kind of merger. They enjoy key lime cake to bring their favorite desserts together in one.
* Bring home with you. This is also a great time to remember that you can also bring a touch of home with you to your holiday parties. Introduce your new friends to an old favorite from your table and you may just find they keep bringing the dish back year after year, even after you’ve returned home.
Now we want to hear from you. What are your favorite dishes you first tried while traveling?