Thursday, January 28, 2010

Food from the White House

Having just come back from touring the Miniature White House at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, I thought, now to tie this to food.

If you haven't seen this, it is a must see! (It'll be at the museum until Feb. 15.) While the real White House has 132 rooms, the miniature version at 60x13 feet obviously can't include them all. So it includes the "main" rooms such as the Lincoln Bedroom, oval office, President and First Lady's offices, front hall, theater, etc. and some historic rooms like FDR's War Room.

(Check out the Chicago Tribune photo gallery of 36 photos of the house.)

Funny, but it didn't dawn on me until later to check if there was any food in the rooms. Well, I did see a jar of jelly beans in the Ronald Reagan-era oval office. The darling Caroline Kennedy nursery (photo 22 in above gallery) contains a cute teeny tea set, some cake and other desserts.

If I had to pick a favorite room, or at least one of the most impressive, it was the Kennedy State Dinner room (photo number 23 in the gallery.) Check out the row upon row of place settings!

I'm disappointed they didn't allow photos, so check out the gallery. As for food, the White House Chef offers a couple of great sounding recipes, Broccoli Chowder and Sweet Potato Pie, at the White House blog.

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