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Fourth of July Picnic at the White House


John Ashcroft - Simple BBQ
Tommy Thompson - Bratwurst
Secretary Snow's - Cole Slaw
Secretary Martinez's - Patriotic Cold Paella Salad
Mrs. Martinez - "Famous" Alabama Cornbread
President and Laura Bush - Deviled Eggs
Don Evans - Enchiladas Verde
President and Laura Bush - Guacamole

John Ashcroft "Simply BBQ" Recipe by John Ashcroft

Simmer country-style ribs for one hour (this makes them extremely tender).
Place on a hot grill.
Baste with your favorite barbeque sauce only to set and crystallize.
Remove and EAT.

Tommy Thompson Tommy Thompson's Bratwurst Recipe

A Wisconsin tradition for the 4th of July .... Bratwurst!

Step 1: Plan ahead, marinate in garlic, onions and your favorite spices.
Step 2: Grill them on the BBQ
Step 3: Place in a bun
Step 4: Top with your favorite condiments, from onions to peppers to mustard to whatever.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Step 6: Repeat til the fireworks start

Side dishes:
Corn on the cob, also on the grill

Cool Wisconsin products, such as .... milk.

Secretary Snow Secretary Snow's Cole Slaw Recipe

1/2 small head white cabbage
1/2 small head red cabbage
3 inch piece of daikon radish (half dozen red radishes may be substituted)

Combine finely sliced cabbage and roughly grated radish


2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup horseradish
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated onion
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Mix all ingredients and pour over cabbage/radish

Mel Martinez

Secretary Martinez's Patriotic Cold Paella Salad

Serves 20+
Make ahead

24 oz. packaged, pre-seasoned, yellow rice
2 T. wine vinegar
1/3 c. salad oil
1 1/8 t. dry mustard
Cook rice with vinegar, oil, mustard and salt. Refrigerate until chilled.

4 grilled chicken breasts, sliced up into bite-sized pieces
¾ c. green pepper
1 c. cooked green peas
1/8 c. onion
1/3 c. pitted olives
1/3 c. chopped celery
1/8 t. Tabasco

Mix above ingredients together and refrigerate until chilled. When everything is chilled, combine both batches together and put on serving platter. Decorate the top with the following ingredients:

1 c. tomatoes, cut into 1/8ths
1 # cooked shrimp
sliced avocado
sliced mushroom
quartered artichoke hearts

When serving, have rice and dressing both on table. Each person serves himself.

1 c. mayonnaise
1 t. tumeric
½ t. salt
2 T. lemon juice

Mel Martinez Mrs. Martinez "Famous" Alabama Cornbread

1 c. white corn meal
1/3 c. sugar
1 T. baking soda
1 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
¾ t. salt
1 egg
1/3 c. oleo, melted
1 ¼ c. fat free sour cream

Melt butter in cast iron skillet in oven at 425°. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour into melted butter in skillet. Bake for 25 minutes.

Kitty Martinez
This is an old family recipe.

President Bush President and Laura Bush's Deviled Eggs Recipe

12 large eggs, boiled hard and peeled
1 Tbsp (plus) soft butter
1 Tbsp (plus) mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp Yucatan Sunshine Habanero sauce
Salt to taste

Cut eggs in half and set aside. Put egg yolks in food processor and add all ingredients. Process for 20 seconds or until mixture has blended. Check for taste and increase mustard, salt or Habanero sauce if desired. Place mixture in piping bag with star tip and pipe into egg halves. Sprinkle with paprika and chopped parsley. Chill for about an hour before serving.

Note about Yucatan Sunshine Habanero sauce: Habanero is a type of hot sauce, which can be substituted with Tabasco sauce. Yucatan Sunshine and other brands of the sauce can be purchased at most local supermarkets nationwide. The Bushes used the Yucatan Sunshine Habanero when living in Texas, and now the White House chef uses the sauce in a variety of recipes.

Don Evans Don Evans' Enchiladas Verde Recipe

1 dozen corn tortillas
1 lb. Jack cheese, grated
1 8oz. Can salsa verde (Herdez)
1/2 pt. Whipping cream

1. Heat tortillas, one at a time in a warm skillet. Use a little Pam as needed to keep moist.
2. Roll a small amount (large tablespoon) of cheese in each tortilla. Roll as tightly as possible. This can be done as the next tortilla is heating.
3. Pack the enchiladas tightly in a 8x10 pan.
4. Cover with balance of the cheese.
5. Mix the salsa and cream and pour evenly over the top. Do not mix until ready to use or it will curdle.
6. Sprinkle ripe olives over top (optional).
Bake in 350 oven until cheese starts to brown.

Mrs. Bush President and Laura Bush's Guacamole Recipe

8 ripe avocados
4 lemons, juiced
7 shallots, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
1 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp salt

Halve and pit avocados and scoop out flesh into a bowl. Mash to desired consistency and mix in remaining ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.