Tuesday, May 13, 2008

"I've Never Heard of Rhubarb Vinaigrette"

Joseph Shepard, the husband of Sen. Claire McCaskill, was one of just three males spouses at the White House Monday at a luncheon with First Lady Laura Bush.

Ninety-six spouses of Senators, former Senators and cabinet members were invited to the lunch, which included a salad of young lettuce with citrus filets and roasted baby heirloom beets topped with a rhubarb vinaigrette, followed by an exquisite fricassee of Maryland crab, artichokes, and Portobello mushrooms served over creamy stone-ground grits. The meal was finished off with a warm huckleberry tart served with a light yogurt sorbet, according to McCaskill's office.

Each spouse left the luncheon with a silver notepad holder from the First Lady and chocolates embossed with the seal of the United States of America. In addition, a donation was made in honor of the Senate Spouses Club to a scholarship at the American University in Afghanistan.

“It was a fabulous lunch,” said Shepard. “I mean, really, I’ve never heard of rhubarb vinaigrette!” McCaskill added, “Right. In Missouri, we put rhubarb in pie.”

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