New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, and Newark Archbishop Bernard Hebda converse while preparing plates to hand out during a pre-Thanksgiving meal at the St. John's Church soup kitchen on Nov. 26, 2014, in Newark, N.J.
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Snowed in? Take some cooking cues from these likely 2016 hopefuls


The Great Blizzard of 2015 spared New York City as the brunt of the snowstorm shifted, burying parts New England and Long Island with multiple feet of snow. But even if the storm wasn’t as bad as predicted, several states remained in a state of emergency on Tuesday, with some travel bans still in effect. Hello snow day.

Assuming one does have electricity and can pause binge-watching long enough to willingly get off the couch on this rare Northeast-wide occasion, here are some fun home cooking ideas from potential 2016 candidates to get you through the storm.

Hillary Clinton’s chocolate chip cookies

Cookies of any variety are about as essential as candles and extra blankets in a bad storm. Hunker down with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s famous chocolate chip cookie recipe. In a cringe-worthy moment during Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, she infamously snapped, “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies” while defending her legal career. Well now’s your chance, folks. You can stay home and bake cookies on this snow day. Think of Hillary.

Chris Christie’s mashed potatoes

Get your hands dirty with Chris Christie’s famous mashed potatoes, a Thanksgiving staple in the New Jersey governor’s household.

In addition to potatoes, he drops in boiled and pureed rutabaga, butter, sour cream, cream cheese, Romano cheese, milk and heavy cream. His secret trick? Hand-mash the potatoes so they don’t get gooey.

The Republican, who recently launched a PAC, said, “I don’t have a lot of skills in cooking, but that’s one of them.”

Mitt Romney’s meat loaf cakes

The former two-time presidential hopeful, who recently admitted he’s considering another White House bid, apparently loves to eat this dish as a favorite birthday meal.

Romney’s wife, Ann, wrote an entire cookbook to keep the cooks in your kitchen busy. In “The Romney Family Table”, you’ll find recipes for Mimi’s Buttermilk Pancakes, Chicken Pot Pie and a Lasagna Noodle Bake, among many more.

Romney Family Table

Blizzard of 2015

Snowed in? Take some cooking cues from these likely 2016 hopefuls