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Tuesday, June 17, 2008 

The Political Cookie Campaign

is getting kinda ugly, too. Seems that one "candidate" was caught with someone else's "dough."
Wonkette and the Huffington Post alert us to this culinary "cat fight"

A few months ago, John McCain’s second and current wife, Cindy, was caught stealing recipes from the Food Network and publishing them as her own material, a
simple lapse of ethics that you’re supposed to learn, and master, at age four. To atone for this, Cindy fired a hapless intern. But the
problem was systemic! Cindy has contributed another recipe, to Parents magazine. This recipe for Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies was, of course, directly cribbed from Hershey’s website.
Cookies have made Presidential Campaign chitterchatter before, too, when Hillary Clinton was chastised for declaring that she didn't want to stay home and bake cookies when campaigning for her husband.

Cookies have a long political history with Presidents (or is it vice versa?)...there is even a book on the history of the President's favorite cookies.....

But...can't we all just get along...and bake? Reach across the (hot ovens) aisles?

Speaking of Presidents, from Monticello, we find the following muffin recipe was enjoyed by Thomas Jefferson and his family.

Monticello Muffins

4 cups of flour
1 1/2 packets of yeast
1 1/2 cups water
cast iron griddle

Mix flour, yeast, and water. Dough will be very sticky. Coat your hands in flour before kneading the dough. While kneading, continue to add small amounts of flour to the dough until the stickiness disappears and the dough becomes more solid. You may find you add as much as 1/2 cup more flour during this process.

Put the dough in a large bowl, cover with a towel, and leave in a warm place overnight. The dough should more than double by morning. The underside of the dough may be a bit sticky -- if so, knead it a bit more. Using your hands, shape the muffins into small golf-ball sized balls. Set the muffins aside, cover with a towel, and let rise for an hour.

Preheat ungreased griddle over medium heat. Add shaped muffins to griddle and cook for about five minutes on each side.

The muffins will look like biscuits on the outside and English muffins on the inside. Serve immediately. Makes two dozen small muffins.

-- developed from the original recipe by Monticello staff members Susan McCrary and Katherine G. Revell

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My theory is this: Cindy McCain has never cooked for herself in her life. She's always hired people to do it for her.

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