Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Second Lady Jill Biden Cooks With Rachael Ray

The Second Lady and the celeb chef make cookies and care packages for the troops; Biden says she loves to cook, and reveals family Christmas dinner plans...
Dr. Jill Biden
, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, appeared on chat show queen/celeb chef Rachael Ray's eponymous show today. Ray is a big supporter of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, and she's also a big supporter of America's military service personnel and their families, just like Mrs. Obama and Biden. (Above: Biden and her son, Beau Biden, and granddaughter Natalie with Ray)

Ray joined the First Lady during the special Kitchen Garden Harvest for the launch of Chefs Move to Schools, and Biden brought Ray a gift from the garden: A jar of honey from the White House Beehive.

"I love it!" Ray said. "This means the world to me."

As Biden and Ray cooked together, they talked about how to make care packages for troops serving abroad, as well as for families of those who are deployed.

Biden's son, Beau Biden, and his daughter, Natalie, 6, sat in the front row in the studio audience, and watched as Biden and Ray cooked special cookies together, made with dried fruit, like the ones she used to send to Beau in care packages when he was serving in Iraq. Beau is now Attorney General of Delaware, and a captain in the Delaware National Guard.

"My son Beau loves dried fruit, so I always wanted to add a little touch of something from home," Biden said about the cookies she used to send to overseas.

During the cooking segment, Biden told Ray she loves to cook.

"I always say that food means love, and I think that's true for most every mom who's out there, who's cooking for someone," Biden said. "When my kids were growing up, I always had the candles on, and I always tried to make it special and have a baked good of the day."

Biden said she'll be cooking for 28 members of the Biden clan on Christmas, and the annual family feast is spaghetti and meatballs.

"Joe had that growing up. I had that growing up, so we carried on that tradition," Biden said.

She added that her children and grandchildren stay at her house on Christmas Eve, and that in the morning, "we wait at the top of the stairs."

"Joe goes down to see if Santa has come and then we all go down to open our gifts," Biden said.

During the show, the entire studio audience joined Biden and Ray in writing cards to thank members of the military and veterans for their service. The cards were hidden under the audience members' seats.

Related: Ray stars in a White House video about Chefs Move to Schools.

*Photo by David M. Russell/White House