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What Would Obama Eat?

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If you want to celebrate the Obama way today, you might want to cook up a big pot of presidential chili. Although it is not quite as renowned as Hillary Clinton's chocolate chip cookies or Lady Bird Johnson's lemon cake, Obama's chili recipe has been all over the internet. It's got a few surprise ingredients. Red wine vinegar, OK...but turmeric? Really? Really? We will just have to trust our new commander-in-chief on that one. Finish the meal off with Michelle Obama's cobbler which uses an entire stick of butter. Go Michelle!

The Obamas have asked the resident White House chef, Cristeta Comerford, to stay on. What will she be whipping up in the kitchen besides chili? According to a variety of sources, President Obama enjoys Chicago Pizza, Italian food, Mexican food, bacon, pancakes, and in New Orleans legend Leah Chase's opinion, way too much hot sauce. One thing that will definitely not be on the White House menu is beets. Just as George Sr. famously eschewed broccoli, Obama's got a thing about beets. In fact, the blog Jezebel went on a little rant last November about Obama's picky eating habits.

While the chili simmers, enjoy this unaired episode of Check, Please! from 2001, back when Obama was a state senator. The discussion is a review of Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. According to the LA Times Blog, The Big Picture, "the episode never aired, in large part because, as program creator David Manilow put it, the prez-elect was too thoughtful and articulate to pass for an amateur. 'It was unbalanced, to put it charitably,' Manilow says."

Recipes for chili and cobbler after the jump!