Friday, June 17, 2011

Presidential Recipes For Father's Day

From the White House kitchen, a special collection of soups, salads, entrees, and desserts...
If you're cooking a feast for Father's Day for your own Father in Chief, here are some excellent recipe choices from the White House kitchen, including soups, salads, entrees and desserts that are enjoyed by the First Family. (Above: President Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia in the Oval Office)

Check out President Obama's Father's Day interview, and read his Presidential Proclamation for Father's Day here. There's also new resources at Fatherhood.gov.

"A father figure may be a biological father, or he may be a surrogate father who raises, mentors, or cares for another's child," President Obama wrote in his Proclamation. "Every family is different, but what matters is the unconditional support, guidance, and love fathers and mentors give us throughout life."

These recipes are mostly easy to do, and were selected to appeal to a wide range of fathers and "father figures." But there's no steak here: The White House has never released a recipe for a beef dish--though President Obama grilled steaks during a BBQ on the South Lawn with guest chef Bobby Flay for a Father's Day 2009 event. These recipe selections are for the Spring/Summer season, so ingredients should be easily available. For fish recipes, possible substitutions are noted.

White House Recipes For Father's Day

Soups

1. White House Broccoli Soup. Easy, and delicious. A hot soup. CLICK HERE.

2. White House Cucumber Avocado Soup. No stove required. Just a blender and the ingredients. A cold soup. CLICK HERE.

Entrees

1. White House Seared Tilapia. The newest recipes released by the White House. The post includes recipes for sides: Fried Rice with Vegetables, and Broccoli & Carrots. In a video, assistant chef Sam Kass demonstrates how to sear fish. CLICK HERE.

2. White House Turkey Lasagna. Very healthy, with spinach included. Use whole grain pasta to boost nutrition content. Also includes a Winter Greens Salad recipe, and a Honey Apple-Cider Vinaigrette recipe. Tweak the greens for the season. CLICK HERE.

3. White House Kitchen Garden Herb-Roasted Chicken with Braised Greens. A full meal; the post includes a recipe for Cauliflower Gratin. Easy to do, but watch the Bechamel in the Gratin. CLICK HERE.

4. White House Pan Roasted Rockfish with Artichoke Barigoule. A bit challenging, and thus for the experienced home cook, but more than worth the effort. The post also includes a recipe for a Winter Greens Salad, which can be tweaked for Spring. CLICK HERE.

5. Seared lamb Loin with Chickpea Puree and Parsley Finishing Oil. Less challenging than it sounds, and very flavorful, thanks to Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford's focus on creative spicing. CLICK HERE.

Desserts

1. White House Apple Pie. The most popular dessert item searched for here at ObFo. The recipe, from Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, was used to make the apple pie that was served for the President's State Dinner in honor of China's President Hu Jintao. CLICK HERE.

2. White House Frozen Orange Soufflé with Candied Walnuts. Easy to make, but requires overnight freezing. CLICK HERE.

3. Orange Yogurt Cake with Baked Apples. A bit labor intensive, unless you're used to scratch baking, but more than worth it. CLICK HERE.

4. White House Key Lime Pie. A very creative take on the traditional Southern favorite. Why two pie recipes? The President is obsessed with pie. CLICK HERE.

*Photo above is Pan Roasted Rockfish, from entree recipe #4, by Chuck Kennedy/White House. Top photo by Pete Souza/White House.