Political Party Food: What to Serve for the VP Debate

2008_10_01-Alaska.jpg2008_10_01-Delaware.jpgMaybe 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:

*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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