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Food goes beyond providing nourishment for the body. Food also helps nurture family traditions and connects us with other cultures. Here are some publications from NDSU Extension to help you explore food culture in North Dakota.

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North Dakota Food and Culture A Taste of World Cuisine (FN1513, Reviewed Aug. 2019)

Have you ever tasted lefse, fleischkeukle, tacos, pizza or curry? Most likely you have tasted at least one of these foods even though all of them originated in other countries.

Exploring North Dakota's Foodways: Germans from Russia (FN1940, Sept. 2019)

These recipes are part of the rich heritage of the Germans from Russia culture. The recipes have been modified to create healthier options for salads, rolls, soups, main dishes and desserts.

Exploring North Dakota Foodways: Scandinavian Cuisine (Past and Present) (FN2021, May 2021)

Scandinavian immigrants brought many food traditions to North Dakota. You might be familiar with foods such as lutefisk, lefse, Swedish meatballs, rømmegrøt, pickled herring, pickled beets, rye bread and a variety of baked goods.

Recommended Cooking Temperatures

Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of your meat. Check the temperature in several places to ensure food is evenly heated.

Poultry Internal Temperature (ºF)
Chicken, turkey (whole) 165
Chicken, turkey (dark meat) 165
Poultry breast 165
Duck and goose 165

 

Ham Internal Temperature (ºF)
Fresh (raw) 160
Fully cooked (to reheat) 140

 

Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb Internal Temperature (ºF)
Medium rare 145
Medium 160
Well-done 170

 

Seafood  
Fin fish Cook until opaque and flakes easily with fork
Shrimp, lobster, crab Should turn red and flesh should become pearly opaque
Scallops Should turn milky white or opaque and firm
Clams, mussels, oysters Cook until shells open

 

Inspiration for Your Table
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Apple Cranberry Quinoa Salad, prepared and in a white bowl

Apple Cranberry Quinoa Salad

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension.
Roasted Parmesan Garlic Potatoes

Roasted Parmesan Garlic Potatoes

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension.s
Sesame Ginger Green Beans, prepared and in a white bowl

Sesame Ginger Green Beans

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension.
Rosemary Focaccia Bread, fully cooked and sliced on a pan

Slow Cooker Rosemary Focaccia Bread

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension.
Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip, prepared and served in a bowl surrounded by veggies

Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension.
platter of sweet potato halves with pecans and maple syrup

Twice-baked Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes

Our Twice-baked Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes have everything you love about sweet potato casserole without all the guilt. The sweetness of the...
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Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 7 Steps to Creating a Soup (FN1648, Reviewed Jan. 2018)

A steaming bowl of soup is a hearty, healthful meal. You can use food from your pantry, freezer or leftovers from your refrigerator to make a tasty soup in about 30 minutes following these easy steps.

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 7 Steps to Creating a Casserole (FN1647, Reviewed Jan. 2018)

"What’s for dinner?” If you sometimes answer the question, “I have no idea!” then check out these creative ideas. This publication includes ways to use ingredients in your cupboard or freezer, or leftovers in your refrigerator.