2009 Presidential Inauguration Menu

Celebrate with food inspired by Barack Obama’s favorites

Warning: This is a partisan menu. We don’t advocate celebrating every inauguration. But on this January 20, do it. After studying up on reports of Barack Obama’s likes and dislikes, and spending way too much time

watching videos on YouTube of the president-elect eating (his press people never responded to our queries), we pulled together the following menu. From the looks of it, the man’s not afraid to eat. And if this isn’t your idea of a celebration, the menu’s just as good on January 21. (Chowhounds have their own ideas about what to serve.)

» Chile-Lime Peanuts
» Slushy Blended Margarita

The nuts and margarita are a nod to the cuisine of Rick Bayless, chef-founder of Topolobampo, a Chicago restaurant that’s one of the Obamas’ favorites. NPR did a good segment with Bayless back in October about cooking for the soon-to-be first family.

» Chili con Carne

Barack Obama is known to boast about his chili recipe, telling California’s North Coast Journal that “if you make it right, it’s just got the right amount of bite, the right amount of oomph in it and it will clear your sinuses.” Our recipe is similar, but we leave out the beans.

» Cheddar Biscuits

Since cheddar is Obama’s “cheese of choice,” according to an interview his personal aide, Reggie Love, did with the New York Times, we paired our cheddar biscuits with the chili.

» Roasted Delicata Squash Salad

Love also noted that Obama is big on vegetables, particularly spinach and broccoli. Our salad pairs lightly wilted spinach with pumpkin seeds and roasted winter squash.

» Pumpkin Pie with Spiced Crust

The president-elect likes pie, as evidenced by the video below in which he mentions it 15 times. Our pumpkin pie with a spiced crust is a good fit.


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