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Oct 14, 2008 05:01 PM

Swing State Menu for Election Day

Been noodling on a swing state menu for election day and I'm looking for some help. So far I have hurricanes (FL), 3 or 5 way chile (OH) and ham (VA). Anyone have other suggestions, esp if you are in a swing state?

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  1. I never thought I'd be in a "swing" but here we are! If you want to do a MN dish, go for tuna noodle casserole, or another "hotdish" using cooked pasta, browned ground meat, canned cream soup and whatever (usually frozen or canned) vegies you want to throw in. If you want to do Tater Tots, you're on your way.

    Go Vote!


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    1. re: cayjohan

      You've been a swing state for quite some time! During my previous stint there, I can't even begin to count how many volunteers took great joy in (re)introducing me to hotdish, tater tots and all.

      1. re: cayjohan

        A brilliant idea. (I say as a fellow Minnesotan.)

        1. re: cayjohan

          You could add a chicken dish....just to throw in a "Big Bird" reference....

          1. re: soupkitten

            We're not really swinging anymore... but you could do beer or fondue, too.

          2. For Nevada, if you're feeling adventurous, you could try pine nut soup or a pine nut cake. The pinon pine is one of our state trees. Pine nuts were a staple food of the Washoe tribe, and people still gather them today.

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            1. re: GEC

              Good suggestion. I've been trying to think of something uniquely Nevadan and have had no luck...even after almost 30 years of living in this state.

              If you could get some of those chocolate coins you could buy a toy slot machine and spread the coins on a plate surrounding them....yeah, yeah, I know, I'm stretching!

              I know: those liquor-filled chocolates that they sell in the airports here. Ethel M is the name....

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              1. how about

                1. scrapple for PA

                2. buckeyes for OH, the buckeye state (i.e.


                3. "blizzard" milkshakes or rocky mountain oysters for colorado?

                4. and of course, pulled pork, eastern n. carolina style for NC!

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                1. re: cimui

                  I think shoo-fly-pie would be more appropriate for PA, Smuckers, for OH.

                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                    hah! you're on a roll, tonight.

                    (shoofly pie actually looks pretty delicious, btw. i'd never heard of it!)

                    1. re: cimui

                      only slightly off topic: years ago, hubby's wallet was stolen in Rome. When he went to the American Embassy for help, they asked where in the US he grew up, and when he told them he grew up in Camp Hill (in Central PA, outside of Harrisburg) they asked questions about Central PA to try and verify that he really was who he said he was, and really from that part of the world.

                      You guessed it: one of the questions was 'What is shoo-fly pie?" :-)

                  2. re: cimui

                    Yes, you could make scrapple for PA, but noone would want to eat it! Grey and only marginally a food product.

                    You could try Philly cheese steaks if you can get a good italian roll and chipped beef. Oh and don't forget the melted Whiz!
                    (In Phila we never ate or heard of shoofly pie . . . . but I guess that's the much maligned center of the state -- between Phila and Pittsburgh is . . . Alabama!)

                    1. re: NYchowcook

                      That area is also Sometimes referred to as "pennsyltucky"- no offense intended to residents of the great state of Kentucky.
                      Scrapple is made by a number of meat purveyors... Hatfield, Rapa, Berks ( woot!), and Habbersett, many interestingly are out of NJ not Pa. It is an acquired taste? to be sure. And everyone has a brand preference. Skip it and go fof a hoagie or IMO the roast pork with rabe and sharp provolone is a level up taste-wise when compared to a cheesesteak.

                    2. re: cimui

                      philadelphia style ice cream.
                      Lebanon bologna (yum!yum!yum!)

                      1. re: cimui

                        Buckeyes are a fantastic idea. They're fun to make and eye-catching.