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June 16, 2009

State of dinner at the White House

Michelle Obama

Not exactly a state dinner, but it probably ought to be.

Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama invited her fifth-grade friends from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington to harvest some of the vegetables they planted on the South Lawn in April, and stay for a picnic made from the harvest.

It is a challenge to get children to eat vegetables, the First Lady admitted during her remarks. It helps if they taste good. And fresh tastes good.

Here's the menu for Tuesday's picnic:

Salad made of lettuce (and, boy, was there plenty!!!) carrots, cucumber, fresh herbs, salt and pepper. The dressing was made with honey (not from the White House hives. That honey isn't quite ready yet), lemon, oil and a little mustard.

 Boneless, skinless chicken, coated with beaten eggs, flour and bread crumbs and baked.

 Brown rice, dressed with salt and a little butter after cooking.

Peas, stir-fried with a little garlic.

Oh. And cupcakes. Decorated with fresh fruit instead of icing.

White House kitchen garden

Photo credit: Associated Press

Posted by Susan Reimer at 8:51 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: White House Kitchen Garden


What a lovely thing teaching these young people how to grow a garden and the importance of eating a healthy meal. Good for the First Lady and her guests. They enjoyed themselves. Nice job on the reporting.
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About Susan Reimer
Susan Reimer has spent 16 years writing about raising kids - among other topics - in her column for The Baltimore Sun. And every time son Joseph or daughter Jessie passed another milestone - driver's license, college, wedding or a move to a new military duty station - she has planted another garden. Now she will be writing about those gardens - and yours - here on Garden Variety.

Susan isn't an expert gardener, but she wasn't an expert mother, either. Both - the kids and the gardens - seem to be doing well in spite of her.

She lives in Annapolis with her husband, Gary Mihoces, who loves to cut his grass but has noticed that there seems to be less of it every time the kids pass another milestone.

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