Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Who Wants Some Santorum Salad?

If you’re traveling through Boone, Iowa, and decide to stop at the local Pizza Ranch restaurant, don’t forget to try out their signature Santorum Salad. It’s so good that it’s spawned its own Twitter account.

Here is the story behind the Santorum Salad:
"A lot of people ask about the economy and the threat of Iran and about military aid and maybe about social issues, whether it be abortion rights or something else. I don't care about those things, I care about what you think about my damn salad," said Keith Prange, assistant manager and the maker of the salad…

Prange said he is a Democrat, but just wanted to ask if Santorum liked the salad, which is made from scratch here from a recipe he invented. He told Santorum that if he liked it, they would name the salad after the former Pennsylvania senator.

"Candidates get endorsed all the time, you know, the Register endorses Romney, but if he endorses our salad it's kind of a switch-up," Prange said.

Pizza Ranch is a staple of Iowa campaigning: All of the candidates who call themselves Christian in the race have visited one of the chain's restaurants at some point during the campaign. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told the Wall Street Journal that her favorite dish is the chicken.

A Pizza Ranch staff member said they are unsure how long the salad will keep its name if Santorum loses the nomination.
According to this source, the secret ingredient is lemon juice.

I have a love/hate relationship with Pizza Ranch. I really like their food, but the franchise is uncomfortably chummy with Bob Vander Plaats of The FAMiLY LEADER. Several months ago, I decided to stop eating there after BVP hosted an anti-family event the local restaurant. I’ve wavered a couple times and even caught some flack from folks who told me that my son would hate me for keeping him away from Pizza Ranch’s buffet. We explained to D’ why we weren’t going there anymore and he got it. One time I wavered and he reminded me why we don’t go to Pizza Ranch anymore.

Personally, I think that the Santorum Salad looks kind of gross. Then again, I’m not a fan of chicken salad.

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