Inauguration Party: Need Blue State recipes
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
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.
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.
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)
dessert - pie (apple or shoofly or BLUEberry or boston creme)
a great napa wine
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.
The great blue state of Washington offers up salmon. For a party I would take a smoked salmon appetizer. Yum.
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.