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What the Oklahoma Legislature Hath Wrought

September 9th, 2009 · 4 Comments

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In researching the history of freedmen’s towns this morning, we came across a rather irresistible bit of trivia: the fact that Oklahomans have an official state meal. And what a doozy of a repast it is (PDF):

Chicken-fried steak
Barbecue pork
Fried okra
Squash
Blackeyed peas
Cornbread
Biscuits
Sausage gravy
Grits
Corn
Strawberries
Pecan pie

This gluttonous revelation made us curious as to whether there’s any correlation between the nature of a state’s official foods and its ranking in the national obesity table. Could Mississippi make its citizens healthier by adopting water with a lemon slice as its official state drink?

Also, in case you’re curious as to why New Mexico has a state cookie, the scoop is here.

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