Michelle Obama was on Rachael Ray yesterday, and in the episode, Rachael paid a visit to the White House, where she sat down with the first lady to talk about American Grown, Michelle's gardening and healthy-eating book that dropped earlier this week. Michelle opened up about her upbringing (and shared a supercute photo of herself as a baby!), revealing how growing up with canned vegetables has influenced her healthy lifestyle today. Watch the video to see how she "makes vegetable eating more fun."
After an intimate round table with Michelle Obama, we headed outside to the HealthierUS School Challenge Celebration, where we were given recipes form the White House and a tour of the gardens where Bo posed so perfectly with the first lady. White House chef Sam Kass got giddy when showing off purple lima beans, colorful peppers, and a growing fig tree.
- Learn how to make candy corn from scratch.
- Learn how to make candy corn from scratch. — Serious Eats
- Take a visual tour through the Obamas' garden. — Feast
- Meet AppleJack and Calvados, Fall's signature spirits. — The Atlantic
- Is OpenTable worth it? — Inside Scoop SF
- Find out what Iron Chef Jose Garces eats on a regular basis. — Grub Street Phillie
- Combine vanilla beans and vodka and you'll get vanilla extract. — Eatocracy
- How to deal with a drunken house guest. — Chow
- Q and A with Mario Batali. — Eater NY
- 100 dishes that make use of pumpkin. — Endless Simmer
What's new with the White House garden following its fame on Iron Chef America? A video recently released by the White House reveals some interesting facts that you may not have guessed. Despite two huge blizzards and over two feet of snow, the garden survived the Winter to yield spinach, turnips, arugula, lettuce, and carrots.
Top White House garden tender Sam Kass attributed this past Winter's success to plastic hoophouses, which trapped daytime heat to prevent freezing at night. He also revealed that the Spring garden will produce leeks, garlic, and peas, and that the garden is being expanded at the request of First Lady Michelle Obama. Learn more, after the jump.