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By Dave Granlund
National cartoonist Dave Granlund's blog features his take on politics and current events. Dave has been an editorial cartoonist published in daily newspapers since 1977. Born in Ware, Mass., Granlund began drawing cartoons in grade school and at ...
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Dave Granlund's Editorial Cartoons
National cartoonist Dave Granlund's blog features his take on politics and current events. Dave has been an editorial cartoonist published in daily newspapers since 1977. Born in Ware, Mass., Granlund began drawing cartoons in grade school and at age 16, he was published on the editorial pages of local weekly newspapers. His eight-year enlistment in the USAF included assignments with SAC HQ and with Headquarters Command, where his duties included work as head illustrator for the Presidential Inaugural Subcommittee and providing briefing charts for the White House and support for Air Force One. As part of NATO in Operation Looking Glass with the Airborne Command Post, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Dave's newspaper honors include awards from UPI, New England Press Association, International Association of Business Communicators, The Associated Press and Massachusetts Press Association. His work has been nominated numerous times for the Pulitzer Prize. His pastimes and interests include history, wood carving, antique tractors and Swedish language studies.
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March 12, 2012 12:01 a.m.



I’m sure not many people will recognize the title of this blog as a lyric from Ween’s Your Party song. The song sets a scene…



“There were beverages laid out for the party. There were candy and spices and tricolored pastas. The meat carved was drawn from succulent juices, served on platters of the purest gold.”



I always dreamed about maybe throwing such a party. Thanks to three of my girlfriends, that dream came true last week with a spectacular evening of Wine and Food Pairing. After some research, I settled on a Tuna Tartare on Sesame Wonton Crisps paired with a Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio hybrid.

For this recipe, you will need:



  • 12-20 wonton wrappers


  • Non-stick olive oil pan spray


  • Sesame seeds


  • 6 ounces of sushi-grade tuna, cut into a ¼-inch dice


  • 2 tablespoons of green onions, green parts only, finely chopped


  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce


  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil


  • 1 teaspoon of peeled and grated fresh ginger


  • 1 clove garlic, minced


  • ¾ teaspoon of orange zest


  • 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, finely chopped


  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 1 avocado, cut into ¼ inch dice


  • 2 teaspoons of lime juice




To make the crispy wonton, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the wonton squares on an angle to make two triangles and arrange them on the baking sheet. Spray or brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake the wonton until they are golden. Watch them because they burn easily. Allow them to cool.

For the tuna tartare, mix the tuna, green onions, sesame seeds, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and orange zest, cilantro and salt together in a medium bowl and mix well.  Add the avocado and lime juice before you’re ready to serve.



Of course my girls were up for the challenge as well. Here’s a sampling of the other offerings at the party.



The Fanus was served with Wegmans Sausage-stuffed Peppadews and creamy brie cheese.

The Cigar Box Malbec was paired with Chicken Empanadas and Salsa Verde.



This Wegmans Mixed Fruit Tart was paired with Lamarca’s Prosecco.

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