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CHRISTMAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE

A few weeks ago, the former White House social secretaries were hosted by the current social secretary, Deesha Dyer, at a Christmas luncheon full of laughter, gossip, and outrageous stories. Lunch in the Ward Room of the White House Mess was followed by dessert in the China Room, where we stayed far too long, enjoying an elaborate creation from White House Pastry Chef Susie Morrison, followed by a Christmas cookie chaser. What are the holidays for, if not to indulge […]

Martha Washington’s Crab Soup on Americas-Table.com
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MARTHA WASHINGTON’S CRAB SOUP

There’s nothing like a 250-year old recipe to be really…disappointing. Our ideas about great food change with time. We have so many more food choices today, ingredient options that the founding fathers and mothers wouldn’t have had, and such a varied range of cuisines that have altered and opened the American palate that finding a historic recipe and making it work for modern tastes requires some adaptation. This recipe for Martha Washington’s crab soup would have been considered an elegant […]

LYNDON JOHNSON’S PEDERNALES RIVER CHILI on Americas-Table.com
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LYNDON JOHNSON’S PEDERNALES RIVER CHILI

Lyndon Johnson had a good grasp of the perils of the presidency. He once said, “Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There’s nothing to do but stand there and take it.” There probably hasn’t been a president who didn’t feel the same way. Johnson’s extraordinary grasp of the art of legislating made him one of the most consequential presidents of modern times. He came into office with a nation in shock and mourning, and presided over […]

White House Christmas 2015
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White House Christmas 2015

One of the perks of being a former White House Social Secretary is that we’re invited back for a Christmas luncheon each year by current White House Social Secretary, Deesha Dyer. It’s a chance to dish with my friends, admire the holiday decorations, and enjoy the warm hospitality of Deesha and the White House staff. We had a beautiful dessert service in the Green Room (with visits from White House Executive Chefs Cris Comerford and Susie Morrison), after lunch in […]

WHITE HOUSE EGGNOG on Americas-Table.com
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Fox and Friends

If you tuned into Fox and Friends this morning, we talked about a few of my favorite holiday recipes on the show. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does! White House Eggnog  Chocolate Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies  Barbecued Ginger Molasses Pulled Pork Tenderloin