Wednesday, December 19, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama Reveals First Family's 2012 Christmas Dinner Menu - With Recipes

Video: First Lady discusses Hawaii Christmas plans and her role as White House 'hostess in chief'...
UPDATE: CLICK HERE for posts about the First Family in Hawaii
First Lady Michelle Obama will be tossing the Let's Move! campaign to the beachy winds for the First Family's Christmas Dinner menu, she says.  In an annual tradition, Mrs. Obama is scheduled to spend the holiday in Hawaii with daughters Malia and Sasha, but whether or not President Obama will join them is now dependent on the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations with Congress.  All the same, Mrs. Obama has a feast of favorites planned for Christmas Dinner, she said during a Today show interview on Wednesday. 

"There's turkey, there’s string beans and stuffing, a little mac and cheese," Mrs. Obama said about the menu. "This is the time when I throw ‘Let's Move’ out the window for a moment, and get that mac and cheese."

"Everybody deserves their mac and cheese."

Mac and cheese is also served at the First Family's White House Thanksgiving Dinner.  The Obama Christmas menu can be replicated at home with White House recipes: CLICK HERE for Cauliflower Mac and Cheese, and CLICK HERE for Green Beans and Almonds.  White House Thyme-Roasted Turkey is made with a brown sugar and garlic brine. The recipe includes gravy, too.

Pie is served as the grand finale at every Obama celebration, according to Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass, who will accompany the First Family to Hawaii.  The White House recipes from Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses for Apple Pie and Huckleberry Pie have double crusts. (Above, the Huckleberry Pie on a holiday dessert buffet at one of this year's Presidential parties)

In her interview with Today correspondent and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager, Mrs. Obama also discussed her role as "hostess in chief" for the 24 holiday dinners and receptions she and the President have hosted for 14,000 guests this holiday season, who included major campaign fundraisers, "volunteers, members of Congress, White House staff, Secret Service personnel, White House reporters and Americans from across the country," according to the East Wing.  One of the larger receptions was for Hanukkah.

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"I'm the hostess in chief. We host a number of events here for a whole range of people," Mrs. Obama said.  "This is the most special time to be in the White House. It’s the one time of the year when we really open up the White House."

The East Wing says that a total of 90,000 guests will visit the White House through December, to view Mrs. Obama's 'Joy to All' decor scheme.

"We have thousands and thousands of visitors just streaming through every day. It's beautiful, everything looks great, the smells are magnificent," Mrs. Obama said.

This year's Official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room is in honor of Mrs. Obama's Joining Forces campaign to support and honor military families, and military-themed decor is everywhere.

"One of the things that’s really special for us is really being able to turn a spotlight onto our military families, which is something that we try to do every year through the holidays," Mrs. Obama said. “I just try to remember that this is the time when the White House is truly the people’s house."

On Thursday at 8 PM EST, NBC will air "A White House Christmas: First Families Remember,'' with Hager.  

CLICK HERE for links to all posts about the 2012 holidays, including recipes and instructions for White house holiday crafts.

Download:  The Official White House Holiday Tour Booklet {PDF}.  It explains the decor in each room.

*Photo at top is the First Family at this year's 'Christmas in Washington' benefit for the Children's National Medical Center.  Pool.  Video courtesy of Today show.