So What do You Feed a Former President?

Now that George and Laura Bush are out of the White House, Bubba has once again been asking about inviting them over for dinner.  A couple of years ago, he wanted to do the same thing and we explained that it would be nearly impossible for that to happen. 

Yesterday before they left Washington, Bubba was already composing a letter.  I know the odds of them coming for dinner are impossible, but I did have some of those random thoughts.  What if?  What in the world do you serve a former President and First Lady. 

Speghetti?  Chili?  Lemon chicken?  We’re just good ole (fairly) normal people.  Nothing fancy at all.   The fanciest I get is crab alfredo with garlic bread and salad. 

So I thought it would be fun to see what YOU would feed a former President and first lady… if I get enough response I might even make it a contest and offer something… I’ll have to think on what.  Maybe something Presidential, or something you’d need to make that meal… hmmmm. 

And, if they actually do come (HAHAHAHA)  I’ll have a pool of yummy meal ideas.


3 thoughts on “So What do You Feed a Former President?

  1. Finally my computer didn't totally freeze on HSB!

    We'd fire up the grill and have us a feast! Steak, shrimp, veggies, etc … a big salad, some fresh baked bread with real butter, and a big pitcher of southern brewed sweet tea!

    And cheesecake for dessert.


  2. Yep, feed him some steaks on the grill, and he'll be a happy camper.

    I think if you want to get in touch with him, do it now while he's in Crawford. He'll be easier to find! When they move to Dallas, maybe not so much!


  3. It would have to start with something totally Midwestern, out-in-the-woods type of thing, especially since they're country-folk anyway. My dad gave us some deer sausage, so I'd cut that up and serve it on Ritz crackers, with maybe some Muenster cheese to make it "fancier" – just as a snack on the table, with some sweetened iced tea, of course.

    Then would come the salad. Since we're serving several "courses" it would be on a small dessert dish, not an actual salad plate. We don't want them filling up before the main course, right? The salad would be simple, since we're simple folk, maybe a mix of colorful greens with some fresh veggies (cukes, tomatoes, broccoli, maybe bean sprouts 'cause they're so tasty and healthy anyway), and a choice of dressings they'd have to drizzle on their own plates from regular bottles of dressing. I buy mine from Aldi. ^_^ If I'm feeling especially adventurous, I might actually make some homemade wheat bread to go with it, with some hand-whipped honey-butter (easy – just literally whip honey and butter together with a mixer).

    Next would be the entree. Since I live in St. Louis, and we're known for loving our pasta here, I'd make stuffed shells. It's an awful lot like lasagna with ingredients, but gets more of a "Wow!" from guests. Get the Jumbo pasta shells, cook and drain them, and stuff them with a mixture of cooked ground meat (gr. beef, gr. chuck, gr. turkey, or whatever) and at least three cheeses (I use parmesan, mozzarella, and cottage cheeses, but those can be swapped or added with ricotta, Italian blend, shredded provolone, etc.). Also, if you want, other things can be added to the mixture, like steamed spinach, finely diced mushrooms, diced peppers, etc. As you're filling them, place them in a casserole dish, spoon spaghetti sauce over the top of each one, top with a little more shredded cheese for looks, cover with aluminum, and cook at 350 for about 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve this with a good ol' midwestern green veggie, like green beans cooked with onions and bacon, or maybe some steamed broccoli with (Velveeta or American) cheese over the top. Very country, very midwestern, don'cha think? And keep the bread at the table! Maybe offer up some apple or peach butter to go with it, too! Yum! The entree beverage? That would have to be a bubbly cider in whatever color the "experts" think goes with pasta. Red, isn't it? So, I'd get a bubbly grape juice. We don't do alcohol here. As far as pretty goblets, if you don't have any (I know I don't), any party-supply store would have some plastic wine glasses. Let the kids decorate their own, and even paint with metallic paint pens the ones for the former First Family. They'd get a kick out of it.

    And, while you're at the party-supply store, get some red-white-and-blue stuff, or have the kids make a paper chain with red, white, and blue strips of construction paper, and decorate the dining room.

    For dessert, Neopolitan ice cream, or rainbow sherbet, or something the kids will love, served with sprinkles, of course! Even grown ups love sprinkles! Oh! And coffee! You have to have a fresh pot of coffee.

    We've been thinking about asking George Clooney over ourselves. He's in St. Louis filming his new movie, and he'll be here for 5 months! I bet the man almost NEVER gets a good home-cooked meal! Sure, he eats at fancy restaurants, but nothing beats home-cookin'!



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