A Recipe Road Trip Across the USA – Easy Meals from around the Country

Taking a vacation or road tripping across the USA this summer? Whether you’re loading up the RV or cooking up fun while staying home, spice up your summertime meals with flavors inspired by popular regional cuisine. For 75 years, Spice World has been America’s favorite garlic – delivering fresh, convenient flavor all over the U.S. In honor of our 75th anniversary, we’re taking a virtual road trip coast-to-coast, and showcasing the flavors of every U.S. region along the way.

Pacific Northwest

Home to world-renowned sites like Mt. Rainier, the Space Needle, Crater Lake National Park, and Pike Place, the Pacific Northwest is known for freshly caught seafood, farm-to-table dining, and the fusion of Asian and Native American cuisines. Pacific Northwest regional cuisine emphasizes fresh, natural flavors, and locally-sourced ingredients like salmon, berries, and mushrooms.

Bring the flavors of the Pacific Northwest home with Garlic and Lemon Dill Salmon.

New England

Whether you’re visiting Acadia National Park, Fenway Park, or one of the many museums in New England, be prepared to eat well too. New England cuisine reflects the area’s historical coastal heritage, in foods like tender lobster and clams, creamy chowder, and Boston baked beans.

Sop up your New England clam chowder with our decadently delicious Garlic Cheddar Biscuits.


Known for its mountain terrain, beautiful scenery, and outdoor recreation, Appalachia has distinct culinary roots stemming from Scotch-Irish recipes and traditions. Appalachian cuisine is a subset of Southern cuisine, with simple rustic foods like cornbread, sorghum, apples, and beans, and country ham.

Cook up a cozy side dish reminiscent of Appalachian cuisine with this Warm Skillet Cabbage.


Exploring the stunning natural beauty of the Southwest? In addition to its rugged landscapes, towering mountains, and deep canyons, the Southwest is home to Tex-Mex cuisine, celebrating the rich culinary heritage with Mexican and Native American influence.

Expect dishes featuring cumin, chili peppers, and beef, and hearty veggies like corn, beans, and squash.

Taste the flavors of the Southwest with these Fire Roasted Beef Fajitas.

Mountain West

Home to the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Mountain West region is known for its geographic diversity and rich ranching culture. The hearty cuisine of the Mountain West takes inspiration from Dutch oven and pioneer cooking, with an emphasis on fresh fish, game meat, and farm-to-table ingredients. 

Wake up your tastebuds with this sizzling Hashbrown Breakfast Skillet, inspired by the Mountain West.


Known as America’s Heartland, the Midwest offers city breaks, nature escapes, and rolling hills. Curious about Midwestern regional cuisine? Expect to find creamy cheeses, comforting casseroles made with beef and pork, and homemade breads and pies.

Try this Midwest inspired Garlicky Potato Salad at your next picnic or potluck.


Beyond its majestic redwood forests and sunny beaches, California is a culinary hotspot for innovative eats, globally-inspired flavors, and healthy dining options. California cuisine emphasizes simple, creative presentations of fresh seasonal ingredients, often sourced from local farms. Popular ingredients include avocados, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke, figs, goat cheese, roasted garlic, and sourdough bread.

Craving a California-inspired brunch? Try this Garlic Avocado Toast.


The spirit of Southern cooking is rooted in rich flavors, generous portions, and preparations influenced by Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans. Southern cuisine encompasses soul food, Creole and Cajun, low country, and Gullah cuisine. Expect to find classic comforts like crispy fried chicken, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, collard greens, yams, and flaky biscuits.

Serve up some Southern hospitality with this Old Fashioned Peach and Ginger Cobbler.


The rich and varied cuisine of the Mid-Atlantic is largely shaped by the influence of Italian, German, Irish, German, British, and Jewish immigrants who brought their culinary traditions to the area. When visiting the Mid-Atlantic states, enjoy fresh seafood from the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding coast, and regional specialties from New York pizza and bagels to Philly cheesesteaks and crab cakes.

Take a quick trip to the Mid-Atlantic with this Italian Herb Shrimp Pasta.

Whether you’re planning a vacation or a staycation this summer, Spice World Ready-to-Use Products can help you prepare delicious side dishes, entrees, and desserts inspired by every region in the USA. Visit Spice World Inc. and vote for your favorite regional recipes for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans! Hurry! Sweepstakes ends August 11, 2024.