The first course was a pear, fennel, walnut, and goat cheese salad. The second plating consisted of poached Maine lobster served with glazed carrots and mushrooms. After a palate-cleansing lemon sorbet, the president, Chinese delegation, and their guests enjoyed rib eye with crisp onions, double stuffed potatoes, and creamed spinach. For dessert? Good old-fashioned apple pie and vanilla ice cream. The meal sounds perfect to me: it's luxurious, but classic. What do you think of the menu?
When I lived in Spain and people asked me to make "American food," I always served fried chicken and macaroni and cheese, so I guess that's what I consider to be the United States' signature dish. However, it's hard to pick just one dish, as pizza, burgers, and Caesar salads also come to mind. Which foods do you think are all-American? Please share with us below!
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Tonight, Barack and Michelle Obama will roll out the red carpet and throw a state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao. While we wait to find out what's on "the quintessentially American" menu — and more importantly what Michelle decides to wear — let's take a look back at past state dinners. The fashion may have changed, but the glamour is constant through the years.