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Here's what will be served at the various festivities the White House will sponsor in connection with the Holiday Season:


Office of the First Lady

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        November 30, 2005


Christmas Buffet Reception

Artisanal Domestic and French Cheeses served with Rustic Breads and Seasoned Fruits

Brown Sugar Baked Ham served with Horseradish-Mustard Sauce (served with Hot Sweet Potato Biscuits)

Spinach Gnocchi with Winter Greens, Pancetta Bacon, Baby Vegetables and Brown Butter

Farfalle Pasta with Maine Lobster, Asparagus and Lemon-Vanilla Sauce

Smoked Salmon Display with Yukon Potato Crepes, Chive Crème Fraiche, and Red Onion Marmalade

Maryland Crab Cakes with Lime-Ancho Remoulade

Thai Peanut Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Christmas Buffet Suppers

Hot Tomato Bouillon

Holiday Waldorf Salad with Kiwi, Pineapple, and Lemon Yogurt

Hickory Smoked Bourbon Turkey with Cranberry-Orange Relish

Crown Roast of Lamb with Spiced Pecan Apples

Honeyed Sweet Potato Soufflé

Glazed Beans with Bacon, Sugar and Shallots

Christmas Reception Desserts


Peppermint-Chocolate Meringue Kisses

Chocolate Cracklin'

Barney Bush

Miss Beazley


Ginger-Orange-Cherry Molasses

Other Specialities:

Warm Apple Oatmeal Crisp with Vanilla Sauce

Warm Grand Marnier Savarin with Cherry Sauce and Whipped Cream

Spicy Pumpkin Custard

Buche Noel Cake


Truffle Tree

Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate Roasted Whole Almonds

Glace Fruits

Fondant Gift Petit Fours

Hope the items referred to as "Barney Bush" and "Miss Beazley" are doggie cookies. :lol:

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Buffet?  As in get-up-and-serve-your-own-damn-self buffet?

There are actually several occasions where buffet style dining occurs at the WH instead of sit-down formal dinners. E.G. receptions for the press, for staffers, etc. Edited by FunnyJohn
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"Hickory Smoked Bourbon Turkey with Cranberry-Orange Relish"

I presume that this is a heritage Bourbon Red turkey, not one that has been injected with Rebel Yell or Wild Turkey 104 proof.

Although, come to think of it, that could be quite interesting.

Fade In: It's midnight, after the buffet. Laura comes down to the White House kitchen and finds W sillouetted in the light of the open refrigerator, sucking on the turkey carcass. He has that "deer in the headlights look" we know so well, as he meets her disapproving gaze.

Laura: Oh, George. Not again. You promised me.

W: This isn't what you think it is. I'm workin' on my "Clean Plate Initiative." It's hard work, but it's work that's worth workin' on. You made me wear that dang cumbersome under my tuxedo, and it cramped my style. A strong leader like me oughta examplify the values of the youth of Amur-ca, and the nucular family, and eatin' when you've got a lot on your plate is the right thing to do.

Laura: We need to call your sponsor, George.

W: Which one-- ol' Fake-Ticker Cheney or the new guy at Halliburton? Ol' whatsisname...

Laura: Just put down the drumstick, George. It's over.

Fade out.

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"Hickory Smoked Bourbon Turkey with Cranberry-Orange Relish"

I presume that this is a heritage Bourbon Red turkey, not one that has been injected with Rebel Yell or Wild Turkey 104 proof.

Although, come to think of it,  that could be quite interesting.

I read one of those turkey preparation horror stories where someone once heard of a turkey recipe that involved cognac. So the guy thought it would be a good idea to soak a turkey in cognac overnight before roasting it.

Next day, the bird is put in the oven. When it reached the critical temp, the gases ignited and it blew the door clean off its hinges.

Come to think of it, the cook's initials might well have been G...... nevermind.

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I guess this is the place to post this:


1 cup of water

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup of sugar

1 tsp salt

1 cup of brown sugar

lemon juice

4 large eggs

1 cup nuts

2 cups of dried fruit

1 bottle Crown Royal Reserve

Sample the Crown to check quality.

Take a large bowl, check the Crown again, to be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.

Turn on the electric mixer...Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.

Add one teaspoon of sugar...Beat again. At this point it's best to make sure the Crown is still OK, try another cup.. just in case.

Turn off the mixer thingy.

Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit

Pick the frigging fruit off floor...

Mix on the turner.

If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it loose with a dewscriver.

Sample the Crown to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. Who giveshz a sheet.

Check the Crown Royal.

Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.

Add one table.

Add a spoon of ar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.

Greash the oven.

Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.

Don't forget to beat off the turner.

Finally, throw the bowl through the window,

Finish the bottle of Crown Royal

Make sure to put the stove in the dishwasher.


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