In the late flurry of elections — Malden has had constant campaigns since the Warren election — I’ve been doing a lot of Get Out The Vote cooking. Kate’s Fourth Rule of Volunteers reads “Feed us!”, after all. I’ve written a bit about this here and here.
I understand that the traditional election day meal was beef stew. Is this an authentic tradition? Worth reviving? Are we thinking big hunks of chuck and potatoes in a nice broth, or lots of tomatoes and garlic and bread for dipping? Either way, it seems tricky to eat; does this go back to the days when everyone carried a knife and wasn’t shy of using it for dining on the go?
I think Ive got weekend and election-day breakfast nailed (scones, muffins, focaccia, and kolaches — the kolachkes can double for lunch) but lunches and the important late-afternoon reviver on the big day remain something of a puzzle.
What are other staples for GOTV food from outside the 5th Middlesex?