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Laura Bush Looking for a Multifaceted Chef
White House (AP) ^ | 02/20/05

Posted on 02/20/2005 10:01:21 AM PST by JustaCowgirl

WASHINGTON - Fancy state dinners aren't all the new White House chef will need to do — the Bushes are looking for someone who knows barbecue and other good old American fare.
Laura Bush told Newsweek she doesn't expect that any of the celebrity chefs with books or television shows will be interested in becoming head chef at the presidential home. But she's looking to fill the job with someone who "can really showcase American foods."

The previous White House chef, Walter Scheib III, has left to pursue new opportunities after nearly 11 years of cooking for two presidents, and the first lady is looking for a replacement who can cater to the first family's native Texan pallets.

"We like spicy food of all kinds," she said in the magazine's Feb. 28 issue. "We like, obviously, Tex-Mex and barbecue. ... George is a very good eater."

The chef will have ample opportunity to make dinner for the first family — the Bushes are known for staying in most nights rather than socializing like their predecessors. Laura Bush said they do go out to friends' dinner parties when someone thinks to ask them.

"We don't actually get invited to that many dinner parties," she said. "I think people think we're going to invite them, which we do."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barbecue; chef; laurabush; term2; turass; walterscheib; whitehouse; whitehousechef; yumyum
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Okay, so which one of you forgot to ask Laura and George to your dinner party. For shame.
1 posted on 02/20/2005 10:01:22 AM PST by JustaCowgirl
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To: JustaCowgirl

Bobby Flay could recommend somebody good.


2 posted on 02/20/2005 10:04:02 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: JustaCowgirl

"Laura Bush told Newsweek she doesn't expect that any of the celebrity chefs with books or television shows will be interested in becoming head chef..."

And, besides, Martha Stewart can't pass the security check...


3 posted on 02/20/2005 10:05:02 AM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: JustaCowgirl

I make a mean spaghetti dish and some killer tacos... My hamburgers are lacking, though. I guess I'll have to withdraw my application.

APf


4 posted on 02/20/2005 10:06:32 AM PST by APFel (For some reason, the word "Freeper" is flagged by the spellcheck. Someone contact Websters.)
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To: JustaCowgirl

Don't bother looking in San Francisco:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1346719/posts


5 posted on 02/20/2005 10:06:32 AM PST by SmithL (Proud Submariner)
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To: WestTexasWend

And besides, Martha might want to rearrange the furniture.


6 posted on 02/20/2005 10:07:20 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs -- George W Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...Tex-Mex


7 posted on 02/20/2005 10:07:49 AM PST by shezza
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To: APFel

I make a killer quesadilla. Maybe we could do the job as a team.


8 posted on 02/20/2005 10:08:29 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs -- George W Bush)
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To: SmithL

I cook three hots a day many days ... I could give it a whirl ;-) Of course the state dinners will have to be meat loaf and mashed potatoes followed by apple pie.


9 posted on 02/20/2005 10:09:16 AM PST by Cloverfarm (Children are a blessing)
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To: Cloverfarm

Allright, can you do a barbecue meat loaf?


10 posted on 02/20/2005 10:10:20 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs -- George W Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl
I make a killer quesadilla.

Ooops.

11 posted on 02/20/2005 10:11:35 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: JustaCowgirl

BAM!


12 posted on 02/20/2005 10:12:23 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: WestTexasWend
"Laura Bush told Newsweek she doesn't expect that any of the celebrity chefs with books or television shows will be interested in becoming head chef..."

Well, that eliminates this guy:


13 posted on 02/20/2005 10:12:52 AM PST by dirtboy (Drooling moron since 1998...)
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To: JustaCowgirl; All
HOW ABOUT THE SWEDISH CHEF BORK??

14 posted on 02/20/2005 10:13:51 AM PST by areafiftyone (The Democrat's Mind: The Hamster's dead but the wheel's still spinning!)
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To: JustaCowgirl; xsmommy; martin_fierro
Okay, so which one of you forgot to ask Laura and George to your dinner party.

Hey, I dropped 'em a line that we were having kielbasa & kraut 'nat for new years
but they keep handin' me that lame excuse that they had "other plans"...
Yeah, right... cut me a break... as if I never heard THAT one before...

15 posted on 02/20/2005 10:14:29 AM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: JustaCowgirl
I know of a specialist in Appalachian Fusion--her book will be coming out soon! (g)
16 posted on 02/20/2005 10:15:58 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: JustaCowgirl
But she's looking to fill the job with someone who "can really showcase American foods."

...someone who really knows how to cook those great American meals like hamburgers and french fries for lunch and canadian bacon and belgian waffles for breakfast.

17 posted on 02/20/2005 10:16:31 AM PST by ElkGroveDan
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To: areafiftyone

bork bork de bork bork apples bork bork der bacon bork.

I loved the Swedish chef. I loved the Muppets in general.


18 posted on 02/20/2005 10:16:36 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs -- George W Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl

Well, but realistically - how many [local] people could be in proper position to invite the president's family to their parties? And then how frequently do such people (supposedly pretty busy folks) give the parties? Occasional birthday, maybe - and then it would come to a few such parties a year.


19 posted on 02/20/2005 10:17:03 AM PST by GSlob
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To: WestTexasWend
And, besides, Martha Stewart can't pass the security check...

She’s the only one I’ve read about whose stay in the slammer turned out to be a great career move. She is going to make additional tons of money selling her experience. Maybe they will make an exception for her.

20 posted on 02/20/2005 10:17:54 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: JustaCowgirl; carlo3b
...the first lady is looking for a replacement who can cater to the first family's native Texan pallets.

So, Carlo has the White House contacted you yet??

21 posted on 02/20/2005 10:18:23 AM PST by jellybean (Yullah imshe!! -- Let's Roll!)
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To: JustaCowgirl

Not to nit-pick, but the AP needs more proofreaders. In the phrase "native Texan pallets", the word should be "palates".

Carry on.


22 posted on 02/20/2005 10:19:32 AM PST by LibFreeOrDie (How do you spell dynasty? P-A-T-R-I-O-T-S!)
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To: JustaCowgirl
I'm her guy. I toast a mean Pop Tart, I'm the KING of microwave popcorn, and my Ramen noodles can't be beat.

I only occasionally burn water when I boil it.

Where do I send my resume?

23 posted on 02/20/2005 10:19:46 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

The AP have long shown that they are illiterate buffoons.


24 posted on 02/20/2005 10:20:45 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: JustaCowgirl
Both my sisters make a great lasagna, but the little one has an awesome Mexican Chicken dinner that could make any Texican "whoop". I have to warn the president though, if he has her "kickin' chicken", it's liable to change his religion.
25 posted on 02/20/2005 10:21:05 AM PST by SaltyJoe ("Social Justice" begins with the unborn child. Pardon me if I kneel before Christ.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Yeah, I noticed that. I wondered how many 'pallets' they have laying around in the White House. Maybe in the warehouse.


26 posted on 02/20/2005 10:21:09 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs -- George W Bush)
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To: Cloverfarm

Mrs SmithL makes a killer Macaroni & Cheese with her Meatloaf. My specialty is Beer-Can Chicken. Maybe we could get jobs as tag-team chefs.


27 posted on 02/20/2005 10:21:53 AM PST by SmithL (Proud Submariner)
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To: Lazamataz

You're the man. Who can resist a good Pop Tart?


28 posted on 02/20/2005 10:22:35 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs -- George W Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl
As I stated on the thread

COMMANDER IN CHEF A VERY TALL ORDER

Hire Chef Larry Perdido from Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill in Austin ...

<snip>

I think it would make a great statement to go with the mix of American classics and modern fusion cuisine that is so prevalent in this country as the menu at the White House, prepared by an Asian American from Texas.

29 posted on 02/20/2005 10:24:24 AM PST by Phsstpok ("When you don't know where you are, but you don't care, you're not lost, you're exploring.")
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To: JustaCowgirl
"I think people think we're going to invite them, which we do."

I think they stopped calling because I keep forgetting to turn on my phone recorder. They never think to call me at work.........

30 posted on 02/20/2005 10:24:45 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Stune be damned! My beeber is set on fry!)
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To: xsmommy
"We like spicy food of all kinds," she said in the magazine's Feb. 28 issue. "We like, obviously, Tex-Mex and barbecue. ... George is a very good eater."

Well I like barbecue, too, same as any other red-blooded American.
But there ain't gonna be any GREAT dinner parties in the White House until we elect our first hunky president. Go ahead, do the research... when was the last time pierogi was on the White House menu??? Sheeesh, these people don't know what good home cookin' really IS!!!!

31 posted on 02/20/2005 10:26:24 AM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: JustaCowgirl

I confess. I'm having a dinner party Tuesday night and I forgot to ask them. Ratso! I missed my chance. But they're going to be out of town anyway.


32 posted on 02/20/2005 10:29:25 AM PST by Jemian
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To: JustaCowgirl

This article tells me a lot about those two. When the WAshington gig is up, its back to the country where they feel more comfortable......Just plain good folks.....


33 posted on 02/20/2005 10:29:52 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Stune be damned! My beeber is set on fry!)
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To: Jemian
I confess. I'm having a dinner party Tuesday night and I forgot to ask them. Ratso!

Oh sure, you wait until they're going to be out of town to have your little party. I think we know a thing or two about people like you.

;->

34 posted on 02/20/2005 10:33:44 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs -- George W Bush)
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To: APFel
I make a mean spaghetti dish and some killer tacos...


35 posted on 02/20/2005 10:38:24 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

You're right...husband and I were kicking ourselves for not buying stock in MSO when we considered it back in Nov '03. We've never played the market but that would've been a good risk...she'll be bigger than ever if she plays it smart and doesn't pretend she was a political prisoner.


36 posted on 02/20/2005 10:40:01 AM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: Lazamataz
Quit bragging.

I too have got some great dishes for them when they accept my invitation. I’ll go to the local supermarket; and from the frozen food section, I’ll purchase a couple of packages of Chicken a la Milanesa (precooked), tortillas ready to fry, and a large package of frozen peas. I’ll have the maid make up a batch of mashed potatoes (maybe the instant type to make things easy) and Mrs. Smith’s pumpkin pie.

But first I have to get a maid. Help is so hard to find.

37 posted on 02/20/2005 10:40:17 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: jellybean; carlo3b

You know I've missed the recipe threads. Hope you do one for Easter. :)


38 posted on 02/20/2005 10:41:00 AM PST by EmilyGeiger
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To: JustaCowgirl
and the first lady is looking for a replacement who can cater to the first family's native Texan pallets

Hmm. Bar B Que brisket, tater salad, frijole beans, tostadas, stuffed sopapillas, enchiladas, chimichungas, chicken fried steak, fried chicken, grilled stuffed pork chops, eggrolls, won ton soup, sweet & sour pork, beef & broccoli, 4 cheese lasagna, spaghetti & meatballs, ravioli, plus all kinds of breads, biscuits, rolls, cakes, pies & puddings! .......

Nah, I HATE big cities. :)

39 posted on 02/20/2005 10:41:07 AM PST by MamaTexan (Forgive me fellow FReepers....for I have dial-up!)
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To: Cagey

Poppy Bush states his dinner menu preferences outside the White House.
40 posted on 02/20/2005 10:42:11 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs -- George W Bush)
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To: Chef Dajuan


41 posted on 02/20/2005 10:43:47 AM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: JustaCowgirl

I could do weekends :o) bet they'd love my cowboy beef stew with jalapeno cornbread...


42 posted on 02/20/2005 10:44:41 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Grateful Heart Tour 2005)
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To: JustaCowgirl

I'll plan on having another one and I'll send them an invitation. BUT, they also have to listen to our mission presentation. Would you like to come?


43 posted on 02/20/2005 10:46:17 AM PST by Jemian
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To: MamaTexan

frijole beans?


44 posted on 02/20/2005 10:46:23 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Liberty Valance

Mmmm. The very thought is making me hungry.

I think I'll run out for some combo nachos.


45 posted on 02/20/2005 10:46:26 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs -- George W Bush)
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To: Jemian

Well, looking at your website, your family looks like you would be fabulous, interesting dinner hosts. I'm afraid both Auburn, Alabama and Southeast Asia might be a bit far. It looks as though you do fabulous work, God bless you in your mission.


46 posted on 02/20/2005 10:51:52 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs -- George W Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl

Damn, I'm just starting culinary arts school.

Maybe President Condi will need a chef in a few years. That'd be one of my dream gigs.


47 posted on 02/20/2005 10:52:14 AM PST by Chef Dajuan (this ain't rocket science, you know. so use your knob! -emeril lagasse)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Thx, Cowgirl... you beat me to the "palates." Newsweek, tsk tsk tsk


48 posted on 02/20/2005 10:55:53 AM PST by Fudd Fan ("...not bad. Not bad at all." -Ronald Reagan)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Isn't it well known that Dubya is in bed by 10? Of course they stay in... or don't get asked.


49 posted on 02/20/2005 10:57:29 AM PST by Fudd Fan ("...not bad. Not bad at all." -Ronald Reagan)
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To: SmithL
Don't bother looking in San Francisco: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1346719/posts

Can you believe that tripe was on the front page?! Just listening to those whiney liberals made me puke. The non-political woman chef who expressed interest should get a chance to interview, IMHO. She had the right attitude. Wouldn't that make the DNC look foolish again? Another first for a woman in power due to a Republican Administration.

Oh well, maybe the White House will hire Doug from Doug's Fish Fry in Skaneateles, NY. He's the restaurant owner who dissed Hillary and Bubba when they visited. I'll bet that guy knows bar-b-que or could learn it quick. What a hoot.

50 posted on 02/20/2005 10:57:40 AM PST by demnomo
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