The year-long onslaught of political advertisements, maligned mudslinging, and political commentary is finally coming to an end. Please VOTE and put your two cents in! The Don and I join the millions of Americans who participate in early voting or vote by absentee ballot because we prefer to cast our votes in the comfort of our home while referring to the voting guide to read the arguments and rebuttals for each measure. And this is the first presidential election for College Girl who mailed her ballot from Japan. According to ABC News, more than 29.8 million ballots have already been cast via early and absentee voting, with the early vote expected to make up about 35 percent of the total votes cast, an increase from 2008, when 30 percent of the total vote was cast before Election Day.
Tonight would be a good night for a casserole that you can put together rather quickly and let the oven do the cooking while you listen to the election returns – if nothing else, the tally of 2012 returns will keep you on the edge of your seat while the future of our country’s leadership is decided. I’m curious about how the voting process is going to play out on the East Coast where the devastation of Sandy has left millions more concerned with their livelihoods than where to vote. CNN reports that voters in some New York counties may get an extra day to cast ballots if disruptions caused by Sandy prevent enough citizens from voting, a state official said Sunday. New Jersey announced that residents displaced by Sandy can vote in today’s elections via e-mail or fax, the first time civilians in the state have been allowed to vote remotely.
I can offer some comfort food to get you through it all and wish I could send a truckload of it to the victims of Sandy… Shifting from voting to food (why not), this creamy cauliflower gratin is lower calorie than typical versions – less milk and flour, and half the amount of butter and cheese – but guaranteed to satisfy your craving for rich, cheesy goodness and is a guilt-less alternative for macaroni and cheese addicts. Also, I developed this recipe as a guilt-less Thanksgiving side dish which can easily be made vegetarian by omitting the pancetta. Come back next week for a round-up of easy Thanksgiving recipes for stress-less side dishes from some of the best food bloggers/friends around.