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What to Eat During the Debates? Fried Olives, Meatballs and Other Projectiles

In discussing what foods we felt like eating (and recommending) for tonight’s presidential debate, two categories emerged: first, comfort foods, to help soothe us. Second, foods that would make good projectiles.

Conveniently, it’s still tomato season, and tomatoes — like the candidates words themselves — are best taken with a few grains of salt.

So, to satisfy your hunger, fill the emotional void and soothe your nerves this evening, we present a selection of our favorite tomato dishes along with some fried olives and a variety of great meatball recipes. (These, of course, satisfy both requirements: They are decidedly comfort food and, well, they’re balls.)

Whether you choose to eat them or throw them is entirely up to you.

Delicious Projectiles

Because you need something to throw.

Fresh Tomato Recipes

If you decide to make any of these, be sure to reserve some whole tomatoes for throwing.

Liza Schoenfein is food editor of the Forward. Contact her at or on Twitter, @LifeDeathDinner




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