Choices. Lots of voters wish they had more of them at the ballot box. And that's what I often find that I have at any restaurant: too many choices for appetizers and desserts. For this final installment of an all-American election day dinner, I'm choosing some tasty dishes to represent the home states and regions of some of the third party candidates. I haven't bothered including all the candidates from all the third parties: just some of the most prominent ones.
THE APPETIZERS AND DESSERTS: THIRD PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
ROBERT BARR (Libertarian - GA; born - IA)
CYNTHIA McKINNEY (Green - GA)
representing the South - sweet Georgia peach salsa; fried green tomatoes
Southern cuisine is one of the most well-known and prominent cuisines in the United States, but I had a difficult time thinking up anything other than entrées and desserts. Since I'm saving the dessert for the next entry, I wanted some nice and tasty Southern appetizers. It's easier than I imagine, because there are just too many options available. But among the many different hush puppies, savory cornbreads, cheese straws, pimiento cheese spreads and - again - seafood, I'm honing in on two Southern fruit dishes, one a more pan-Southern creation, the other using one of Georgia's best-known exports (since there are two third-party presidential candidates from the Peach State, it made perfect sense to have two recipes from Georgia).
Libertarian candidate Bob Barr was born in Iowa, but since I've covered the Midwest already, I'll just focus on the favorite fruit of Barr's current home state of Georgia. It isn't known as the Peach State for nothing. Recipes abound for different ways to use peaches. Almost all of the ones I have found include them in some dessert-y form, but there are a few that are just "out there". Pickled peaches anyone? I'd try that, but I'm not quite sure I'd like it.
A more appetizing recipe in my opinion is this Sweet Georgia Peach Salsa, offered as an accompaniment to grilled chicken salad by the Georgia Peach Commission. It's a fruit salsa not too unlike the watermelon salsa I made for a friend's housewarming. Mix together 2 cups of peeled and chopped peaches with various amounts of red bell pepper, cuke, green onion, jalapeño, honey, lime juice and cilantro, chill and serve. Painfully simple and tasty.
representing New England - apple pandowdy
Lobster, clam, nutmeg, maple syrup, cranberries and apples all evoke images of New England in my head. A region I have visited outright once and passed through twice more, I am not what you would call an authority on the cuisine of New England. Consumer advocate and perpetual presidential candidate Ralph Nader is born and bred in Connecticut, so he should have a much better idea of what New Englanders eat on a daily basis. And no, I'm not thinking about Dunkin' Donuts.
Image of Bob Barr linked from the Wired.com website. Image of Cynthia McKinney linked from Wikipedia. Image of Ralph Nader linked from the New York Press website.