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November 10, 2009

Elmo looove Michelle!

As promised, first lady Michelle Obama appears on "Sesame Street" today to talk about vegetables and to help the show celebrate its 40th birthday. "Sesame Street" aired for the very first time on this date in 1969.

She and Elmo and several children plant tomato, cucumber, carrot and lettuce seeds in a makeshift garden box.

They are digging the soil when Big Bird arrives and asks if she and he are related, after all he likes seeds, too.

"You're tall like me," the yellow one says. "Maybe we're from the same family."

Before the show is over, the vegetables themselves come to life and cheer for the first lady - as can only happen on "Sesame Street."

The first lady's vegetable garden and her chef, Sam Kass, had starring roles in last week's episode of "The Biggest Loser."

And Mrs. Obama will appear on an "Iron Chef America" episode to be aired this winter in which Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse and White House head chef Cristeta Comerford have to come up against a recipe around the vegetables from her garden.

(Needlesstosay, that episode has already been taped)

The White House vegetable garden has taken on a life of its own, garnering more attention for the first lady's message of healthy eating than anyone could have imagined.

"We're trying to reach as many people as possible,"  Mrs. Obama's spokesperson, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, told the Associated Press. 

"And by working with platforms with simliar goals like Irong Chef, The Biggest Loser and Sesame Street, we're able to do just that."

And speaking of good press, assistant chef and vegetable garden overseer Kass is getting his share. He was the subject of a couple of stories in the New York Times and another in People magazine.

He's already made People's 100 Beautiful people. Can "The Sexiest Man Alive" be far behind?


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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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