White House Wednesdays

Monday night First Lady Michelle Obama, looking very happy in a Barbara Tfank dress, held the first ever “Kids’ State Dinner” for winners of a nationwide recipe contest, the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. 54 children representing all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia attended the luncheon featuring a selection of healthy recipes from… Read More

Valentine Treats

With Valentine’s Day around the corner I thought it would be fun to include some great recipes of First Lady Laura Bush.  When she was First Lady there were many wonderful recipes posted on her White House page.  The Cowboy Cookies have always been a favorite of our family and friends – we make them… Read More

White House Chief Floral Designers

Today’s White House floral designer Laura Dowling was just recently acclaimed in this month’s Veranda (January-February 2012 issue) stating that her “lush and irreverent arrangements capture the wild romance of the garden”.  Her arrangements have been called more relaxed, natural and modern. Dowling studied the art of arrangement in Paris and operated her own shop,… Read More

Where to Go During the 2011 Holidays - The Reagan Library

Nancy Reagan loved Christmas – and like everything else that she did at the White House, she took Christmas to the next level, and their years at the White House were  some of the most spectacular.  And the Reagan library is carrying on that tradition. People loved the idea of going to Mount Vernon for… Read More

Roland Mesnier and Mount Vernon

As I am going through my most favorite White House Gingerbread houses, I have to think of course about my good friend Roland Mesnier, the fabulous Executive Pastry Chef that created masterpieces for foreign heads of State as well as the President, his family and friends – and many times the fabulous staff that serve… Read More