December 2008

Barack Obama, at a press conference today, speaking about the new look for Commerce Secretary nominee Gov. Bill Richardson:

“We’re deeply disappointed with the loss of the beard.”


Here’s the menu for all those White House Christmas parties to which we’ve not been invited. I want to know from whence their stone ground grits have come! Could it be my favorite heirloom corn deliciousness, Anson Mills of South Carolina?!

Also, if anyone reading this blog happens to be attending a White House holiday party, please do the following at the fete: 1) Grab an extra disposable napkin, preferably one with a presidential seal. 2) Place a Miss Beazley and Kitty cookie on the napkin. Fold it nicely. 3) Gently place it in your purse or pocket. 4) Give it to me.


Holiday Reception Buffet

An Assortment of American Artisanal Cheeses served with a

Display of Crackers, Winter Fruits, and Spiced Pecans

Lobster Salad with Fresh Cucumber, Radishes, and Chicory

Smoked Salmon with Potato Pancakes and

Chive Crème Fraîche

Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops with Madeira Sauce

Cauliflower Gratin

Shaved Virginia Ham with

Plum Marmalade and Spicy Mustard

Cheesy Stone-Ground Grits

White and Green Asparagus Tier with Saffron Aioli

Roasted Beef Tenderloin and Creamed Horseradish

Served with Yeast Rolls

California Avocados, Grapefruit, and Poached Heart of Palm with

Citrus-Avocado Vinaigrette

Chilled Gulf Shrimp with

Cocktail Sauce and Spicy Remoulade

Holiday Reception Desserts

Brioche Bread Pudding

Coconut Cake with Seven-Minute Frosting

Chocolate Gingerbread Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream

Yule Log

Lemon Layer Cake with Fresh Blueberry and Raspberry Topping

Pecan Pie

Red Velvet, Devil’s Food, and Strawberry Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Pecan Pralines

Chocolate Truffles

Blueberry Cobbler

Fresh Long-Stemmed Strawberries with

Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Barney, Miss Beazley, and Kitty Cookies

Star Cookies