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Inauguration Party: Need Blue State recipes

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Going to an inauguration party and I need your best Blue State recipes ... Any course, and ethnic twist, any recipe ... Should be a great night, and not just the food!
Thanks in advance

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  1. Hard to get any bluer than Illinois this year. How about Chicago Italian Beef?


    1. SoCal is pretty Blue too! How about tamales?

      The great thing about tamales is -- aside from the fact that good ones are so yummy -- that you get them already made and they just take a steaming. Then you can make some great sauces like mole and salsa verde, etc. for your own culinary flourishes and everyone's delight.

      If you're not where you have access to really good ones can I suggest ordering them from Corn Maiden? http://www.cornmaidenfoods.com/ They ship and they make them either cocktail- or full-size.

      1. I'm not sure on the availability of seafood where you're at, but anything New England-y involving crab, lobster, Old Bay, and the like should go over well.

        1. I think it is absolutely essential and appropriate that, from the blue Constitution State, you have represented our traditional Hartford Election Day Cake.

          Here is one recipe from the CIA:


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          1. re: Steady Habits

            This was my suggestion! :) Being a Nutmeger myself I would agree that it is both essential and appropriate to make this cake. I know my LL Bean Cookbook has a recipe for this as well..but the above link looks great.

          2. state ideas -
            wisconsin cheese platter
            new england clam chowder
            salad with avocado and garlic or oranges (california)
            pizza variations - bbq chicken (or fancy continental like wolfgang) pizza (california) and deep dish (chicago) and thin (ny)
            philly cheesesteaks
            dessert - pie (apple or shoofly or BLUEberry or boston creme)
            starbucks coffee
            a great napa wine

            1. North Carolina went blue for the first time in 22 years - we're celebrating with a pig pickin'!

              NC BBQ Recipe (or thereabouts):

              Serve on a bun with some tangy cole slaw.

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              1. re: jazzy77

                Pennsylvania went blue, too! Cheesesteaks!

              2. Buffalo wings.(good ole upstate New York)..baked or fried.(More traditional)...Frank's red hot and melted margerine make the sauce..add blue cheese dressing and celery sticks to go with...messy but good party food. Western NY staple.

                1. minnesota-- wild rice soup

                  1. Califrornia is blue, and Florida went blue, so how about some guacamole?

                    1. Not really a blue state recipe - but Obama's favorite pie is sweet potato. I'm making that and an apple pie!

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                      1. re: Jodiwith3

                        Apple pie work for the great blue state of Washington.

                      2. The great blue state of Washington offers up salmon. For a party I would take a smoked salmon appetizer. Yum.

                        1. Boston baked beans and brown bread!

                          1. Well, it sounds like you could use some dessert suggestions. Ohio went "blue" in a big way too. Here is a recipe for Buckeye Canday:

                            2 cups creamy peanut butter, (not all-natural)
                            1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
                            3 3/4 cups (16-oz. box) powdered sugar
                            2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
                            2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

                            LINE baking sheets with wax paper.

                            BEAT peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until mixture holds together and is moistened. Shape into 1-inch balls; place on prepared baking sheets. Freeze for 1 hour.

                            MELT morsels and shortening in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted.

                            DIP peanut butter centers into melted chocolate using a toothpick, leaving a small portion of the center uncovered. Shake off excess chocolate and scrape bottom of candy on side of bowl. Return to baking sheets; refrigerate until chocolate is set. Store in covered container in refrigerator.