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.
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.
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.
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.
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.