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The phrase "American food" often makes people think of hot dogs, burgers, steak, and the standard backyard barbecue fare. But have you ever heard of Spam prepared like sushi? Or thought of soaking pickles in Kool-Aid? Believe it or not, those are just as American as apple pie, coming from different parts of Americana. Ray Isle of Food & Wine magazine shares some of his favorites recipes:

Fried Pickles

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