Sunday, July 31, 2016

Political Conventions and a Celebration of American Food

This year has been a particularly contentious campaign season so we thought it would be a good idea to remind ourselves how wonderful this country is and keep in mind that we are all Americans. Here's what we made for the nights of the first week's convention. We originally posted these pictures to Instagram with the captions that follow.

Monday, New England: white clam pizza, Boston lettuce with dried cranberries and VT cheddar, RI coffee stout for Ken and coffee milk for me, grape nut ice cream with Maine blueberries.

Tuesday, South Atlantic: MD crab cakes, low country boil, key lime tartlets. Ken had a MD Dead Rise beer with Old Bay, but we didn't get picture.

Wednesday, Mountains: AZ fry bread taco, CO trout, baked ID potato, and non-mountain OH Buckeyes. Epic Imperial IPA from UT for Ken, which he pronounced "stunningly good".

Thursday, East North Central (Midwest): beef and noodles over mashed potatoes, reminiscent of Ken's grandmother's chicken and noodles, Hoppin Frog double IPA from OH, and sugar cream pie.

Continuing our celebration for the second week's convention, we made the following.

Monday, West North Central (Midwest): Our most whimsical dish so far: Tater Tot Hot Dish, from MN. Served with roasted corn and sweet tea, rumored to have been invented at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, MO.
Tuesday, Pacific: Salmon, the "California blend" vegetables of my youth, cous cous with red peppers, Hawaiian beer and pineapple shave ice.

Wednesday, South Central: Kentucky beer, first zucchini from the garden, fried catfish and the official fruit and vegetable of Arkansas, pink tomatoes.

Thursday, Mid-Atlantic: Buffalo wings, Philly cheese steak and NJ Taylor ham, with beer from Brooklyn Brewing Co.

We had so many good ideas and enjoyed celebrating these regional dishes that we also made these:

St. Louis pizza, baking powder vs. yeast crust, an approximation of Provel cheese, and served in square pieces.

Michigan Coney dog.

North Dakota knoephla soup. Knoephla are like potato-less gnocchi, and the potatoes are cubed in the soup.

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