Veep Debate-Viewing Vittles
Tonight’s the night for the sole vice-presidential debate of the 2008 campaign, which means just one thing in this space: your only chance to make Veep-appropriate snacks.
When Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) take the stage at Washington University in St. Louis at 8 p.m. local time, it’s anyone’s guess who will emerge victorious, but as with any good spectator sport, drinkies and nosh are vital components of the experience.
Palin supporters have many options in both the food and drink departments. Although it’d be difficult to rustle up the fixins for moose stew (apparently one of the governor’s favorites) on such short notice, wild Alaskan salmon would make an excellent stand-in. Easier still is a platter of smoked salmon, which loves teaming up with crackers, toast points, herbs, cream cheese, even pizza. Here in the Pacific Northwest, salmon jerky -- smoked salmon that’s air dried first to give it a chewier, crustier texture -- is easy to find.
If you’re in the mood to do some deep frying, fish and chips (with Alaskan halibut) would be fun and greasy. Dessert should be nothing other than baked Alaska, the weird and dramatic ice cream-cake interior with a meringue shell that gets set on fire. (Here’s an intriguing individualized version from pastry chef Gale Gand.)
Drink options? Moosehead beer to make up for the lack of moose meat, as MA reader Kat from Baltimore suggested, or perhaps Alaskan amber, a tasty brew available in a handful of states west of Mississippi.
Have you heard all the recent flap over Palin, the name of a Chilean winery (pronounced Pah-leen) producing a 2006 organic Syrah that, before the Republican convention, was decidedly uncontroversial? Now, you can’t your hands on the stuff.
Still, given all the drama around McCain’s running mate, I maintain a bowl of Palin Punch is in order. Recipe ideas, folks?
For Biden supporters, the snacking associations are harder to come by. Biden’s home state of Delaware has fewer culinary notes of interest, but we’ve got a few (and would love more, if you’ve got’em).
That savvy Kat from Baltimore is suggesting Dogfish Head, a Delaware beer and brewpub with a loyal regional following.
And then there’s the home-spun dairy factor, which well may be Delaware’s little secret. Tucked away in the little town of Hockessin (pronounced Hoe-kess-in) is Woodside Farm Creamery, a family-owned operation making ice cream from the milk of Jersey cows. Getting your hands on the actual goods might be a stretch, but getting some locally-churned ice cream from your own neck of the woods sounds like a respectable substitute.
Apparently, Biden likes pasta, but specifics on shapes or accompanying sauces remain to be seen.
Although he grew up in Delaware, Biden was born in Scranton, Pa., which means that Pennsylvania-style snacks are fair fare, this Pa.-born gal argues. Soft pretzels would be ideal, but in a pinch, I’m thinking a bag of Snyder's of Hanover (based in Hanover, Pa.) sourdough hard pretzels, with a strong mustard for dipping, would do the trick.
For completely non-partisan snacking, there's the St. Louis factor. Ribs, anyone?
Add your snack bites in the comments area below.
More of my thoughts on Veep debate snacking with Post Politics Podcast host Emily Freifeld.
By Kim ODonnel |
October 2, 2008; 10:00 AM ET
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