Happy Inauguration Day

I’ve never wished anyone a Happy Inauguration Day.  This is the first time ever, and hopefully, it won’t be the last.  I left work early today to watch the inauguration on television, and Barack Obama’s inauguration speech was very moving.

There is so much work set forward for President Obama, and all of us as US citizens: war, climate change, energy consumption, international relations.  Also, cheese.  Prior to leaving office, Dubya has put forth legislation to increase the tariff for Roquefort cheese to 300 percent.  Seriously, what the hell?  It’s bad enough young raw-milk cheese is verboten in the United States (see Illegal Cheese), but now Roquefort!  Roquefort!  I haven’t even tried it, to be honest, but it looks good!

Hopefully, Obama will rectify this situation.

In more inaugural-food news, NPR has an article, Charity Organization Helps with Inaugural Meals, which features Michelle Obama’s Shortbread Cookie recipe.  It certainly sounds good.  I love shortbread cookies, and these cookies seem a lot more dressed up than the cookies I’ve made in the past.  I don’t know if I’ll make them anytime soon, as I normally don’t have cake flour on hand (although I know cake flour can be substituted with all-purpose with a bit of measuring and mixing), but anything that blends lemon and orange zest together is a happy thing.

Also, Slashfood has a little list of the wine President Obama had at today’s luncheon.  All things considered, the cost of each bottle is actually very modest–even I can afford them, exception being the 2005 Goldeneye Pinot Noir at $50.  Another point of note is that these bottles are all American picks.  According to the Bloomberg article the Slashfood article cites, “Only U.S. wines are served at all events, a policy since the Carter administration.”

Yesterday I hosted a potluck, and it turned out well.  Thanks to everyone who came; it was good to see some folks I haven’t seen in a while.  The apartment Clark and I share really wasn’t meant to hold as many people as it did, but it was good fun.  There was LOADS of food, and there still is; our fridge is packed with mac n’ cheese, risotto, broccoli casserole, pasta salad, soda… we couldn’t fit Clark’s chili in our fridge (it’s in Marie and Mike’s fridge now), and we have cornbread and root beer cake on the table.

Does anyone want to come by for some leftovers?

Clark’s chili was a big hit, and it looks like my root beer cake sustained some damage from potluckers who managed to save a little room for dessert.  I was still icing the thing when people arrived, but at least I finished it in time for Jeanette to put her samosas, salsa and egg dish on the table I cleared off.  Fran and Joe brought siopao from one of the Asian groceries, and I may have a few boxes of those in my fridge or freezer (oooh!).  My parents brought the broccoli casserole and pasta salad, which will likely be my dinner tonight or lunch tomorrow.  In addition to the root beer bundt cake I made from the book Baked: New Frontiers in Baking, which I received from Clark for the holidays, I made mac n’ cheese and blueberry cornbread.  

If you happened to miss it, you can hear President Obama’s inaugural speech on NPR.

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