Thanksgiving at the White House

White House Thyme-Roasted Turkey

White House Thyme-Roasted Turkey

Even when not a fan of the current resident, I always get a kick out of the yearly Thanksgiving menu from the White House. The Obama’s traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving in the White House, and they haven’t changed the menu very much since 2009.

The Obama Foodorama website, (who knew there was such a thing?), reported the First Family is having “brine-soaked Thyme-Roasted Turkey and Turkey Gravy.” Organic turkey, of course, and several of them to feed the crowd.

According to the website:

Accompanying the Presidential turkey is Honey Baked Ham, and the sides are a romp through regional delights.  There’s Cornbread Stuffing and Oyster Stuffing, Macaroni and Cheese, Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole and Dinner Rolls.

And for Obama, the pie lover, 6 varieties of pie will be served: White House Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, Banana Crème Pie, Pumpkin Pie, White House Sweet Potato Pie, and White House Huckleberry Pie with blueberries.

White House Huckleberry Pie

White House Huckleberry Pie

Michelle can’t be happy. Even if the huckleberries came from her garden.

The mac and cheese side-dish is not a typical, traditional Thanksgiving side-dish where I come from, but an article in the Washington Post reported that Chelsea Clinton used to insist on store-bought brand mac and cheese! In the White House, are you kidding me?! Kids!

However, boxed mac and cheese is more appealing to me than the “possum with a potato in its mouth” Pres. Taft had on Thanksgiving.

Reagan at RAncho del Cielo 1981

Reagan at Rancho del Cielo 1981

According to the Washington Post, “The Reagans’ meal was always prepared by Ann Allman, the family’s longtime California housekeeper and cook, rather than the White house chefs or — certainly not — the first lady.” Nancy never did seem the cooking type.

The White House Historical Association has a great Presidential Thanksgiving timeline on its website. Here is an entry for Richard Nixon from 1971:

First Lady Patricia Nixon filled in for the president at the annual presentation of the Thanksgiving turkey by the Poultry and Egg Board and National Turkey Federation. President Richard Nixon passed on the photo opportunity to spend the afternoon visiting the Washington Redskins training camp.

Leave it to Nixon to break with tradition. However, I believe I would have chosen to do the same as he!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. [email protected] Twitter: @JaneenBPR


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