American cookery, part 3 of 5

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MASSACHUSETTS: Paul Revere and the Old North Church, Salem's pillories, Minute Men of Lexington Green, Bunker Hill, Provincetown and Plymouth, Pilgrims' first landings - one stands amid history in the Old Colony, Gloucester ships combing Grand Bank for cod, Tanglewood's music and Harward Yard, the dunes of Cape Cod, beans baked in Boston: past is prologue in this place.

MICHIGAN: Tulip festivals in Holland, ore boats locked in frozen Whitefish Bay, racing sloops at Mackinac Island, brant and plover nesting in the wild archipelago of Isle Royale - these tell the seasons in the Twin Peninsulas, Four Great Lakes wash these shores, canalboats ply the Soo, but the Wolverine State runs on cars coming off Detroit's assembly lines. MINNESOTA: Longfellow's Minnehaha Falls and Minnetonka Lake, where the loons cry - heritage of the Sioux, Lake of the Woods, Rainy Lake and 10,000 more, ore fields of the vast Mesabi, legacy of nature. Elk herds run at Red Lake and fishermen mend their nets along Superior's shore. Winter is carnival time at St. Paul, at Rochester, a clinic offers its healing hand.

MISSISSIPPI: An antebellum mansion in a copse of Natchez magnolie trees recalls the Rebel host and a time of unfaded glory. Jackson, Vicksburg, Corinth - the names of battle ring out through Dixie Land, Look away, look away, to fields of cotton in the Yazoo delta and to stands of pecan trees. Rodeos for mackerel at Gulfport and srimp boats trawling off Biloxi. MISSOURI: Huck and Tom, adrift in enduring boyhood, a Twain to mark the time - ignoring Mississippi, Lake of the Ozarks, complementing rocky glens, wide "Old Muddy," wandering, wandering. Place for Pony Express to begin, for Pulitzer to prize, for a man of Independence, for Kansa City and St Loo too.

Watermelons a-ripening, "Land of the big red apple," Show me, Missouri. MONTANA: When spring's Chinook winds kiss this "Land of Shining Mountains," Big Horns frolic, bitterroot begins to blush and wind-sculptured buttes shed mantles of snow. Copper and sapphires are treasures, but the Chinook is gold: in its wake pasture lands turn green, wheat ripens, tourist come. Only at Glacier Park does Chinook fail: there, winter is eternal. NEBRASKA: Halfway to anywhere: midpoint between Altantic and Pacific. Here sound the songs of Indians, barracks soldiers, homesteaders, and cowboys in a spot where Angus and Herefords graze and cornfields stretch to the sky.

Nourished by the broad, curving Platte River, this land so needed shade that one of its pioneers insured trees by creating Arbor Day to plant them. NEVADA: Brilliantly red in the setting sun are the tablelands, and gleaming white are the alkali flats, where yucca and sagebrush fight the starkness. Comstock Lode in the Sierra Nevada - the "Snow Clad" - frustrated the first fortune-seekers but still they come: those who seek atomic boom at Yucca Flat, or those who pursue rolling riches at Reno and Las Vegas. NEW HAMPSHIRE: Rugged, pulse-stirring, genteel, the Great Stone Face, the crest of Mount Washinton, the carm of proudly aging Portsmouth. Skiers test its slopes, hibers clamber high where wild winds lay bare the peaks.

Wispy falls seep from granite crags made gay by white birches and evergreens. In this place Daniel Webster exclaimed "God Almighty makes Men!" NEW JERSEY: Palisades and Water Gap, gouged by eons, crossroads of Revolution, where Washington slept - and fought.

Oak-trimmed mountains level toward the golden Atlantic strand ruled by Miss America. Frenetic beside its heartland roads, place of machines, place to live, serene in its Pine Barrens, whose wild orchids, and pixie moss defy the passage of both and and men. Origin: Women's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery, Volume 1. Shared by: Sharon Stevens, Oct/94.

Submitted By SHARON STEVENS On 10-31-94

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