In this week's episode we continue February food month with some of oklahoma's official foods, my top 5 favorite foods, and I share a nice cheesy chicken and broccoli casserole recipe.
Besides Oil and Gas Oklahoma is know as a big agricultural state. According to 2015 statistics Oklahoma was ranked 4th in the nation for the number of farms in operation, 2nd in the nation for the number of head of beef cattle, and 1st in the nation for Rye production. Oklahoma is also ranked high in the nation for the production of Wheat, Canola, Pecans, Peanuts, and Sunflowers. Oklahoma has a thriving livestock industry with Beef and Pork being the largest meat exports I can go on and on with Oklahoma's agricultural statistics. I'll have link in the show notes with a fascinating fact sheet with all the statistics. But we're here to talk about food.
Hey did you know Oklahoma has some official foods? We even have an official meal.
Back in 1988 the Oklahoma Legislature proclaimed the official meal of the State of Oklahoma. This meal is meant to reflect Oklahoma's agricultural background.and southern roots.
So here it is:
Of course if you were to actually sit down to this meal you will definitely be quite full. The meal itself can be broken up into breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Of course this official meal of Oklahoma is what I like to call something I had last week.
Some other official state foods are
Have you attended any of the food related festivals we have around the state? Like the big Rush Springs Watermelon Festival, El Reno's Fried Onion Burger Day Festival, Prague's Kolache Festival, the Watonga Cheese & Wine Festival, or how about the World’s Largest Calf Fry Festival & Cook-Off in Vinita. That's just a few of the many food related events we have here in Oklahoma. To see if there's one near you visit TravelOK.com.
If you want recipes for any of the foods I've mentioned today I'll have links to them and more in the show notes at blogoklahoma.net
... is to take part in Food Month and talk about your favorite food related topic.
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
About a cup of uncooked Rice, Cooked Chicken (bite sized chunks or shredded), Broccoli (package of frozen, but thawed), Cheddar Broccoli Soup, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, your favorite seasonings. Cook the rice (don't use instant rice). Add soup and a hand full of cheese. Mix. Add seasonings, broccoli, and chicken. Mix. Put in casserole pan, top with rest of cheese. 400 or so degree oven. Bake until cheese all melted and bubbly.
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