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PHOTOS: Take a Peek Inside the Obama Family’s Post-Presidency Home

Originally posted 05/25/2016 04:28PM

The Obama family is downsizing.
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The White House Makes How Many Cookies Over the Holiday Season?

Originally posted 12/07/2015 03:21PM

No one does Christmas bigger than the White House.

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President Obama Celebrates His Birthday (and Skips the Long Line) at D.C. Hot Spot

Originally posted 08/05/2015 11:58AM

When you’re the President—and it’s your birthday, no less—waiting in line at one of Washington, D.C.’s hottest restaurants is just not an option.
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Winnings Recipes from the White House Kids’ State Dinner — Including ‘Barack-amole’

Originally posted 07/10/2015 04:20PM

Kids are notoriously picky when it comes to food.
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The White House State Dinner Menu Is Making Us Very Hungry and Very Jealous

Originally posted 04/28/2015 11:23AM

The new china has been selected and the menu is set for Tuesday night’s White House State Dinner.
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See the New China in the Obama White House Cupboard (Photos)

Originally posted 04/27/2015 03:06PM

Michelle Obama is making her mark on the White House dining room.
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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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