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Inauguration Party -- What to bring?

We've been invited to celebrate the inauguration and we've been asked to bring along some celebratory food or drink. I'm looking for clever, creative suggestions. Can anyone help me?

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  1. Here's the link from my election night party: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/567409

    We served: Democratatuille, Chimichangoes We Can Believe In, Yes We Cantalope and Barack Berry Fruit Salad, Baby Barack Ribs, Elitist Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese, As American As Apple Pie, and Campaign Trail Mix.

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    1. re: ola

      thanks for making my menu for the night.....I would add to it making Barack Mixed Berry Fruit Salad ;)

    2. as a nod to Obama's Hawaiian roots, you could do a traditional luau dish with taro...or maybe a Chicago-style deep dish Hawaiian pizza.

      1. Don't forget the Spam musabi!

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        1. re: Erika L

          Oh no, you beat me to it! I thought I was gonna be clever with my spam musubi rec. But seriously, try it! Just make sure to use regular Spam--the low sodium or Spam Light just takes away the snack's salty goodness! (Yes, I used the words goodness and Spam in the same sentence--but try it, you'll see!)

        2. You can find recipes for Obama's own chili on line. Also in line with the Hawaiian pizza suggestion from goodhealthgourmet you could bring a Kenyan dish to reflect his father's nationality. Or Indonesian since Obama lived there as a child.

          1. I made my mama Obama cookies to go with her Ojamas http://www.ojamas.us/servlet/StoreFront . I used the Pioneer Woman favorite Christmas cookie recipe http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20... and I painted his logo on the cookies with the egg yolk wash, and then piped the outline with white icing after they baked. They turned out pretty cute! I'll post a picture of the cookies later.

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            1. re: Katie Nell

              Here's a pic of the Obama cookies... my mom has a picture on her Facebook page in her jammies, eating an Obama cookie! ;-)

            2. i just noticed this in the "entertaining" section of CH - it might inspire some ideas that haven't yet been mentioned...


              1. Not creative but you can do Michelle Obama's favorite cookie recipe:


                  1. re: perk


                    How about...

                    Liberal Latkes
                    Spend our way out Trout
                    Chili con commie
                    Roasted Peaches with pinko peppercorn sauce a la mode

                    1. re: zendrive

                      Champagne. Champagne. More Champagne. That's what we're doing.

                      1. re: zendrive

                        Chili con commie is a very amusing play on words. I've never heard that one before. The best I could come up with were Assorted Spread the Wealth Spreads and Lighter than Bill Ayers Cake.

                        1. re: zendrive

                          Fried chicken wings
                          Watermelon slices.

                          I voted for him so there! :D

                      2. For whatever reason I've been asked to make a pretzel-jello salad which I haven't had since I was a kid. It is pretty bizarre, a mid-west classic I think, but I remember it fondly so we'll see!
                        And, I am making it red, white and blue of course!

                        1. How about some Buckeye Candy? Ohio went for Obama in a big way!

                          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.

                          1. There are 2 things I'm bringing to our "Swearing In" lunch party- homemade fleur de sel caramels dipped in 70% dark chocolate & Veuve Clicquot!

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                            1. re: passycafe

                              I would LOVE your caramel recipe, if not for tomorrow, then for another day soon.

                              1. re: CindyJ

                                Hi Cindy, here's my recipe. I didn't have any of the problems mentioned at the end of the recipe, it all turned out great. I used this recipe for the chocolate coating: Chop 70% dark chocolate finely, place in microwave safe bowl, nuke at #5 or 50% power for 40 seconds, stir, even if not melted. continue nuking at 50% for 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each, until melted. Use a toothpick to dip caramels & drop on waxed paper, sprinkle with fleur de sel, & cool until set. Don't refrigerate. I packed mine in tins with waxed paper between layers. have fun.

                                1. re: CindyJ

                                  Cindy, I don't know what happened to the recipe-they must have moved it! Go to www.thespicehouse.com for the recipe. Good luck!