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One of the original Thirteen Colonies, the Garden State is called the “Crossroads of the Revolution” because British and Continental Armies frequently criss-crossed it during the American Revolution. On Christmas morning, 1776, George Washington famously crossed the Delaware River into New Jersey, defeating first the Hessians and then the British. New Jersey remains a crossroads today; it’s part of the Northeast megalopolis, a densely populated corridor that connects suburbs from Washington, D.C. all the way north to Boston. Cranberry sauce, saltwater taffy, and the ice cream cone are New Jersey creations. Jersey is also the diner capital of the world and a major producer of tomatoes, sweet corn, cranberries, peaches, and blueberries. Camden, New Jersey, is the home of Campbell’s Soup Company, which has been in operation since shortly after the American Civil War. By the middle of the 20th century, Campbell’s would have a big impact on the way Americans cooked and ate, once cooks began incorporating condensed soups into dishes like casseroles. New Jersey remains a major player in food processing, including canning and freezing food.

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Home Town: Lanham-Seabrook, Maryland, USA
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I'm a full time homemaker (domestic goddess), wife, and mother of three teens. I keep busy by volunteering at the kid's schools and various fundraisers throughout the year. My mom never really did much cooking, my most remarkable memories of her cooking is that she poured Ragu all over pork chops one night, chicken the next night for what seemed like forever. Her turkey gravy was gray and chunky with giblets. Not at all appetizing! Fortunately, my mother in law didn't mind teaching me some of her cooking skills, and through trial and error, I've become a somewhat decent cook.

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