President Obama’s Last White House Thanksgiving Menu, And Ours In Madison

On his last Thanksgiving in office, President Obama and the first family enjoyed a three-course Thanksgiving dinner.  The menu is as follows:

Hors d’oeuvres included mini BLT’s, chicken satay with peanut chili dip, mini crab cakes, pizza bites, fresh veggies and hummus and pigs in the blanket.

The dinner buffet included thyme-roasted turkey with garlic jus and cranberry-orange relish, a honey-baked ham with apricot-mustard glaze, prime rib and creamed horseradish with shallot marmalade, and fried chicken wings.

Side dishes included classics like cornbread stuffing with a twist of chorizo and roasted peppers, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and bread rolls. Other sides of oyster stuffing, braised winter greens, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato gratin, and fresh greens and kale caesar salad are also on the menu.

Finally, dessert consisted of six pies: banana cream, coconut cream, pumpkin, apple, pecan and cherry.

Meanwhile in Madison where James makes our house a home the menu consisted of turkey, ham, candied yams, spelt with wild mushrooms, sage dressing, green peas, potatoes and gravy, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, jello salad, dinner rolls followed by pumpkin pie and berry pie with vanilla cream.

Today’s Thanksgiving dinner table–so nicely prepared by James–includes the wedding china from Mom and Dad who were married in 1947. Two of mom’s sisters and their husbands were here and this is the first time these dishes will be used in our home. I wanted today to be special. I was so happy to be able to bring the china from the family home years ago. Our china hutch stores the dishes.  It was a really nice day.  I always want these days to last longer.