Please Stop The First Lady Bake-Off
There are a lot of things I hate about election season, but the competition of which potential First Lady has the best recipes is perhaps my least favorite. So IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m actually kind of glad that Ã¢â‚¬Å“Farfalle-gateÃ¢â‚¬Â has broken, and it turns out that Cindy McCainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favorite family recipes were pulled directly from the Food Network Ã¢â‚¬â€ and that she didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even offer them up herself, some unpaid intern found them and claimed they were McCain family traditions. The whole thing is BS, and it makes me happy that Cindy didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t waste ten minutes of her life transcribing her recipe for rosemary chicken (although, of course, she should have just said the whole thing was crap and given Rachel Ray the proper credit).
I like food as much as the next person Ã¢â‚¬â€ actually, I probably like food a whole lot more than the next person Ã¢â‚¬â€ but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really understand why Americans care which First Lady has the best cookie recipe. And I really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand this:
In the meantime, The Huffington Post reported that the passion fruit recipe had appeared under Mrs. McCainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s name in the Jan. 16 issue of The New York Sun, in an article that also included a recipe from Michelle Obama (apple cobbler) but not one from the spouse of the other Democratic presidential candidate. The article did include Hillary Rodham ClintonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.Cindy McCain, Michelle Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Which one of these is not like the others?
Which isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t to say that Hillary Clinton is above recipe-swapping because sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a real competitor and the other ladies are just wives. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s to point out that the whole thing is stupid and sexist, and that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not about presidential spouses. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a country-wide reminder of a womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s place, and a nice little national smack-down of feminism and gender equality.
Plus, people cook with recipes that are not their own. The only thing I use my own Ã¢â‚¬Å“recipeÃ¢â‚¬Â for is gemelli pasta with sauteed garlic, crushed red pepper, black pepper, cilantro and asiago cheese (plus whatever else I have in the fridge that sounds good Ã¢â‚¬â€ chickpeas, avocado, parmesan etc). And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m pretty sure I picked that up from my old room mate. Now, if I were in the race, I would totally submit the Barefoot ContessaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recipe for steak au poivre, since thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the only non-pasta, non-quesadilla thing I can cook Ã¢â‚¬â€ but I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even try to convince the American people that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an old family secret. I would just send them directly to Ina Garten, and everyone would be the better for it.