Hope Grows

A menu celebrating 100 days of the Obama White House

Talk about seeds of change. (Or low-hanging fruit.) Among the Obama family’s actions in the first 100 days was to break ground on the White House’s first working garden since World War II. There

were other matters—taking over automakers, passing a $3.55 trillion budget, responding to North Korea’s missile launch. But while the president was appointing a Cabinet, trying to raise the country from a rapidly sinking economy, and planning to close Guantánamo, Michelle Obama was liberating the shovels from the White House tool shed. Shoots of tender, green hope poke from the seat of power and provide multiple opportunities for cheesy springtime metaphors.

The Obamas will reap what they sow, which includes spinach, kale, lettuce, herbs, onions, carrots, and rhubarb. Here’s a menu to celebrate newness and the end of a dark winter.

Garlicky Kale and Spinach Dip

Butter Lettuce and Pumpkin Seed Salad

Herbed Pea Sprout, Fennel, and Mushroom Slaw

Roasted Rack of Lamb

Roasted Baby Carrots with Marmalade

Rhubarb-Almond Bars

Illustration by Hyperakt

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