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The Politics of "Family Recipes"

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Guest Blogger, Political Momma Ronda Kaysen: Itching to try Cindy McCain's signature dish--Ahi Tuna with Napa Cabbage Slaw? Check the Food Network. That's where her home cooking came from.


The beer heiress listed her favorite recipes in a section on the McCain campaign Website called McCain Family Recipes. Only problem, the recipes aren't hers. She lifted them from the Food Network. TMZ and the Huffington Post broke the story

And now it's become something of a spaghetti-gate, with political pundits discussing the finer points of Rachael Ray's dishes. Cindy went so far as to offer up "her" passion fruit mousse recipe for a New York Sun story in January about the candidates
and cooking.

The campaign is blaming an overzealous intern for the unsavory gaffe. It makes you wonder: If the McCain family recipes come from the Food Network, where do McCain's economic policies come from? Mad Money? Hmm.

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EG April 17, 2008, 1:18 PM

Eh, doesn’t bother me at all. Maybe shouldn’t have posted them on the campaign website. But if you make a recipe more than twice, I say it’s a “family recipe.” Had to come from somewhere.

One of my favorite current family recipes is red beans & rice from Food Network.

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Rosemarie Marjan October 30, 2010, 1:38 AM

good article.

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