The Ron Paul campaign calls it “one of the best campaign handouts you will ever find.”
After finding the Ron Paul Family Cookbook (2011 edition, that’s right, there’s more than one edition) on the floor of the Taco Bell Arena after Paul came in third at the Ada Co. caucus in Boise, Idaho, I decided to take it home and give a couple of the recipes a try.
Albeit short, the cookbook is more than just your standard Betty Crocker or Martha Stewart how-to: the 28-page booklet features excerpts from and about the Paul family, capped off with a letter, “The American Dream” by Mrs. Ron Paul. (Given her limited appearances along the campaign trail, this letter is a rare glimpse of Carol Paul.)
The cookbook has six recipes calling for an entire block of cream cheese each and one that uses Velveeta. Perhaps this is Paul’s response to Michelle Obama’s initiative against obesity?
Nonetheless, I set out to make a meal inspired by America, our freedoms and liberties, the gold standard, and abolishing the federal reserve–so naturally I started out with meatloaf.
Not all of the recipes in the booklet come from the Paul family, though they are a large brood. The meatloaf recipe I chose came from Tracee Tollett in Lake Jackson, Texas (one of the cities in Paul’s 14th district).
I was a bit worried because I had never made meatloaf before, but I channeled my inner Paula Deen and did my best. Before I put it in the oven, the two cans of tomato sauce made it look like a bit of a blood bath.
It was a long 75 minutes to wait, but the dish ended up being worth it in the end. I gathered my roommates around to join me in feasting, except for the vegetarian who provided moral support. We all agreed it was quite tasty, and the extra sauce helped to keep the meatloaf moist and added an extra kick of flavor.
But a meal isn’t a meal without dessert, which came in the form of Carol Paul’s brownies.
Unfortunately Mrs. Ron Paul’s brownies weren’t as sweet as this sweet-tooth had hoped. One roommate asked if they were meant to be bittersweet, but the recipe doesn’t say. While they were far from unpalatable, I would recommend jazzing future batches up with some frosting, sprinkles, or berries for a more satisfying indulgence.
Those interested in whipping up some Americana can purchase their own copy of Ron Paul Family Cookbook for a small donation from the campaign website.