February 10, 2004 6:53 AM Subscribe
A panicky question: we've invited over 2 American and 3 Portuguese couples on February 17th to watch the Wisconsin Democratic primary. We rashly promised a "typical Wisconsin supper" because we received 2 pounds of delicious (if salty) 7-year-old Wisconsin cheddar last month. Yeah, right. What about the rest of the meal? Any (simple) menu suggestions gratefully received. [More inside.
If a Wisconsian repast is impossible, anything all-American, if such a thing exists, (or, preferably, regionally close to Wisconsin) would be fine. What the hell should we serve? Please keep in mind it will be a long night and anything buffet-like (like hot dogs?), we can lay on a table, pick at and grill at ease (we have a Weber grill on the verandah) would be much more impressive than sit-down. I think!
What is truly American? Cole slaw? Potato salad? Chili con carne? We can buy a lot of American relishes and mustards, Tex-Mex stuff and other classics here in Lisbon. Hamburgers are out because the meat here isn't as good as yours. Please help! *shiver*
(Both American couples lived previously in Manhattan, so we hope they know as much as we do. But I suspect they're both Dean supporters, whereas we Portuguese are naturally Kerry people, though I doubt there's a gastronomic consequence to that...)