And what does traditional American cooking even mean?
My first thought was lasagna which really is Italian. Then Magic Bars aka Hello Dollys aka Seven Layer bars. Texas or Kansas barbecue seems a bit cumbersome to send in to make at school. And things like baked beans just seem a bit of a bad idea in general. Tater tots would be great for kids, but those aren't something you make as much as buy in the bag and heat up quickly. Right?
What about meatloaf? I can't even imagine how ground meat put in loaf form with onions and tomato paste would be greeted here in Argentina, home of the hearty asado with lomo, matambre and other whole cuts of cow and pig.
So what else? What recipe should I send to Lila's school to adequately represent American food?
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