State-by-State Baking :: A New Jersey and Georgia Inspired Lunch

by | Oct 7, 2011 | State-by-State, State-by-State Baking | 2 comments

Last week the girls studied the 3rd and 4th states to join the Union, New Jersey and Georgia!  Throughout the week we read G is for Garden State: A New Jersey Alphabet and P is for Peach: A Georgia Alphabet a couple times each, and the girls worked on completing their Notebook Pages. 

New Jersey and Georgia Notebooking Pages
by Twinkle Toes

New Jersey and Georgia Notebooking Pages
by Chiquita

After their pages were complete, it was time to decide on a recipe for this state. I thought for sure they were going to choose something made with peaches for Georgia, but apparently they had their fill of peaches a few weeks ago… Instead they decided to make a New Jersey and Georgia themed lunch on Sunday, after Mass, as an anniversary gift to their Daddy and Momma!  I love my girls!!

For New Jersey, they choose the recipe from The United States Cookbook: Fabulous Foods and Fascinating Facts From All 50 States, Italian Submarine Sandwiches:

Italian subs include tasty italian meats, such as prosciutto (a spicy ham) and salami, and Italian cheese, such as provolone and mozzarella.  Submarine sandwiches (sandwiches served on long Italian rolls) go by different names, depending on which part of the country you are in.  For example, in Pennsylvania they are called hoagies, in New York they are called heroes, and in Massachusetts they are called grinders.  No matter what you call them, they make a great lunch!” 

Italian Submarine Sandwiches


1/4 head iceberg lettuce
1 large tomato
1 small onion
4 individual submarine (long) rolls
4 tablespoons oil
4 tablespoons vinegar
6 ounces sliced prosciutto or ham
6 ounces sliced salami
6 ounces sliced provolone or mozzarella


1. Wash the lettuce and tomato and pat dry.
2. On the cutting board, slice the lettuce and tomato
3. Remove the papery skin from the onion.  Cut the onion in half.   Lay each half flat on the cutting board and cut into 1/4-inch slices.   (Have mom help with this step!)
4. Split the rolls in half horizontally.
5. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of vinegar inside each roll.
6. Keeping each roll open, place a few slices of prosciutto, salami, and cheese on both sides.
7. Layer lettuce, tomatoes, and onions on top of the meat and cheese.
8. Using a knife to push the vegetables into the sandwich, close the rolls.  Cut each roll in half and serve. 

For Georgia they asked if we could get Coca-Cola to go along with the sandwiches.  I never purchase Coca-Cola, so these little sodas were such a treat:
“World of Coca-Cola begins with W
a drink for all kin folk.
In 1886, the formula was invented, 
“Things go better with Coke.”

This week they are working on the 6th state, the state of Conneticut and have been reading N Is For Nutmeg: A Connecticut Alphabet.   
Resources we used for this State Study:

P is for Peach Teacher’s Guide (pdf)

Other Posts of Interest: 

State-by-State Scrapbook
State-by-State Scrapbook :: New Jersey
State-by-State Scrapbook :: Georgia


  1. Michelle

    Jessica, I just read your comments about running around town and I was wondering what you drive? A really big van to fit all your little ones? Also, do you have any advice on how to keep them all happy (and not bickering) when driving? We are in the van a lot and that is my main problem with my three boys. I hope you are feeling better. Blessings to you!

  2. Jessica Gordon

    Michelle ~ Not completely back to normal, but much better for sure!! Thank you!

    I drive a Toyota Sienna 8 passenger mini-van. We will outgrow it with this next baby, but since we can't afford a new vehicle, or the gas that goes along with a large van, we will keep it for now, and take two cars when we all need to go somewhere (ie. Mass, etc) My oldest will move to the front seat for when just the kids and I are running around.

    My suggestion… Audio Books! My boys love them and they keep all my children entertained. Snacks help too. My children are usually just fine, unless they get too hungry and then there might be bickering and crankiness.


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