Chili peppers, both hot and sweet, are a common ingredient in almost every major cuisine worldwide. There is a whole other world of crazy food in America, with ridiculous concoctions and mouth watering dishes that are so wrong they are right. Melted butter on knuckle, claw, or tail meat -- we love it simple. This still remains one of my favorite foods from childhood, but the sauce that we all adore is actually American. Notice "ham" comes before history, which really says something considering this hamlet of 8,100 was first colonized in 1634. Get those marshmallow sticks sharpened. Tomatoes in Italy, vanilla in France, potatoes in Ireland—these foods may seem indigenous to each country, but, in fact, these foods originated from the Americas. Eggplant parm originated in Sicily and Italian Americans modified it to include heartier ingredients like chicken, veal, and meatballs. Today the name most associated with the killer cookie might be Mrs. Fields, but we actually have Ruth Wakefield, who owned the Toll House Inn, a popular spot for home cooking in 1930s Whitman, Massachusetts, to thank for all spoon-licking love shared through chocolate chip cookies. And let's not forget Kansas City, where the sauce is the thing. Invented by: The Girl Scouts, who printed the combination in their 1927 guidebook. Gone are the days when Catholics religiously abstained from eating meat on Fridays, but you'll still find clam chowder traditionally served in some East Coast locales -- not that it reminds anyone of penance these days. This is probably one of the most famous examples of Italian American food, and I don’t feel an ounce of guilt for loving it. The soul, you might say, of soul food. And the 1907 Wilmington, Ohio, story, wherein restaurant owner Ernest Hazard came up with it to draw students from a nearby college. This list is not exhaustive, nor does it cover every item consumed in the U.S., but it does include foods and dishes that are common in the U.S., or which originated there. Looking for smart ways to get more from life? Unless you're in a very tourist-friendly area, when you order pizza in Italy, it will typically be a personal pizza, not a single slice. As the seminal symbol of all great American-born Chinese grub, however, we salute the mighty fortune cookie. Comes from: Florida, land of the lime (Photo: Flickr/Ralph Daily). While there are many varieties grown, the most popular is the Hass variety. But, what’s the difference? Pan fry it in bread crumbs, of course. Take some vaqueros working on the range and the cattle slaughtered to feed them. It was brought to China by the Portuguese in the 1600s and became a very popular addition to many dishes, as anyone who frequents Chinese restaurant knows. Cioppino: Portugal meets meets Italy meets France by way of San Francisco. Outside of the belt, Texas smokes its way to a claim as a barbecue (beef) epicenter -- check out the 'cue-rich town of Lockhart.