White House St. Patricks Day
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President ‘O’Bama’ Struts His Irish for St. Patrick’s Day at the White House

Originally posted 03/17/2015 05:15PM

The green necktie has become almost obligatory, but President Obama, who can claim a great-great-great-grandfather from the Irish village of Moneygall, did more than just sport the color of the day. He put it in the White House water.
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Michelle Obama Unveils ‘Bold’ Makeover of White House Family Dining Room — See the Before & After!

Originally posted 02/11/2015 10:00AM

Michelle Obama took on a big home project.
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Michelle Obama: We Stopped Eating Boxed Mac ‘n’ Cheese ‘Because Cheese Dust Is Not Food’

Originally posted 02/09/2015 01:46PM

It’s hard to believe there was ever a time when Michelle Obama wasn’t on a healthy-eating track.

But, prior to entering the White House, she learned on a visit to her daughters’ pediatrician that their diets weren’t as good has they could be. “I thought we had it all together,” says the First Lady, who graces the cover of the Cooking Light‘s March issue. It’s the magazine first non-food cover in its 28 years of publishing.

Less takeout and processed foods, and more healthy home-cooked meals helped the full-time working mom turn it around.

“By the time we went back for the next visit, our pediatrician said, ‘What have you done? I haven’t seen these [body mass index] numbers change in this way in a while,” Mrs. Obama recalls in the magazine’s Family Dinner issue.

Michelle Obama Cooking Light
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Now celebrating the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move! — Obama’s national program to fight childhood obesity — she shares how her own childhood helped shape her views on eating.

“[My mom] was famous for her lemon chicken,” Mrs. Obama shares. “And that was a good Sunday dish.” The rest of the week consisted of roast beef sandwiches (on Monday and Tuesday), lasagna for weeknight dinners, fish on Fridays, and the “unfortunate liver Wednesdays.”

“There was a pattern to what we ate,” she says. “There ware familiar flavors … we would sit around the table with the plastic tablecloth, and that’s when we would catch up and we’d talk about what we were eating, talk about what was going on in the day.”

She now shares the same sentiment with her own family. “[Between 6:30 and 7 p.m.] is the most important time of the day,” she says.

One of her biggest food influences: former White House chef Sam Kass. “He was a core of our processed-food elimination,” she says. “He said, there’s nothing wrong with mac and cheese, but it’s got to be real food … cheese dust is not food.”

For more on Michelle Obama’s interview — and the magazine’s new Let’s Move!–inspired curriculum Let’s Cook! —pick up the March issue of Cooking Light.

–Michelle Ward

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Foodie-in-Chief: Every Restaurant that Obama Has Eaten In During His Presidency

Originally posted 01/20/2015 06:14PM

Every time President Obama opens his mouth, people listen. And when he shoves something in there, people pay attention.
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Surge Soda
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Obamas’ Longtime Personal Chef Leaving White House

Originally posted 12/08/2014 10:14AM

The first family’s longtime personal chef is leaving the White House.
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Stewart Shining

The Obamas Are Eating More Pie Than You Could Imagine on Thanksgiving

Originally posted 11/27/2014 07:30PM

If your Thanksgiving dinner is lacking in pie, it’s because the Obama family has a monopoly on all the pies in America!

After the First Family chows down on the turkey that was not pardoned for its crime of “having delicious bird parts,” as Last Week Tonight host John Oliver put it, they’re going to have some pretty incredible pastries!

The dessert menu, created by the White House’s first-ever female pastry chef, Susan E. Morrison, sounds incredible.
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The White House Names Its First-Ever Female Pastry Chef

Originally posted 11/24/2014 01:14PM

Just in time to work on the elaborate holiday gingerbread house, Susan E. Morrison has just been named the new executive pastry chef at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the first time a woman has been appointed to that position.
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Make the Halloween Cookies The Obamas Gave to Trick-or-Treaters

Originally posted 10/31/2014 04:30PM

They might be known for projects like the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge but on Halloween, First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama handed out a deliciously decadent gift to trick-or-treaters: a homemade butter cookie.
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Michelle Obama Raps: ‘Turnip for What?’

Originally posted 10/15/2014 09:35AM

During a Twitter chat on Tuesday night, First Lady Michelle Obama turned DJ Snake and rapper Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What” into the ultimate healthy eating anthem.
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See What Top Chef Masters Champ Floyd Cardoz Is Cooking for President Obama

Originally posted 10/07/2014 04:41PM

You would think that having the President of the United States, the First Lady and 250 guests over for dinner would make any chef really nervous. Well, not if you’re White Street N.Y.C.’s executive chef Floyd Cardoz.
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