Maybe it's our age, maybe it's the newness of the candidates, maybe it's Tina Fey, but we're noticing that watching the televised debates this election season is becoming a social event. If you're planning a gathering for tomorrow's vice-presidential debate, we've got some ideas for Alaska and Delaware-themed food...
In pulling together this list, we had a much easier time with Alaskan food. Delaware, um... Delaware was a mystery.
Thankfully, we have a friend who grew up there and helped us out (thanks, Kristina!). Delaware was first settled by the Swedes, but there are a lot of Dutch and German influences, too. And did you know that Delaware is one of the nation's top poultry producers? The University of Delaware's mascot is the Blue Hen, and some claim there are more chickens than people in the state. Mushrooms are a big crop, especially in the north, near Wilmington.
So, without further ado:
Representing Alaska, home state of Sarah Palin:
Pecan-Crusted Salmon, from the Kitchn*
Smoked Salmon Tarama (a taramasalata-like dip), from Bon Appétit
Halibut, Spinach, and Tomatoes in Foil Packets, from the Kitchn
Fried Halibut Sandwich, from the Food Network
Juniper Marinated Medallions of Caribou, from CD Kitchen
Marilyn's Moose Stew (you can substitute ground beef), from the Alaska Outdoor Journal
Oysters with Bloody Mary Granita, from Martha Stewart Living
Baked Alaska (sorry, couldn't resist...), from Martha Stewart Living
*We realize that wild Alaskan salmon is rare and prohibitively expensive and that farmed salmon has its own complications. But we didn't feel a list could be complete without it. If you have a good source, enjoy and pretend it's from Alaska.
Representing Delaware, home state of Joe Biden:
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