Waffles and Grits a White House Favorite, First Lady Says

The guests at Sunday evening's black tie White House dinner for the nation's governors feasted on servings of Chesapeake crab agnolottis, wagyu beef, Nantucket scallops and huckleberry cobbler for dessert. But thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama, a bit more of the day-to-day eating habits of the new family living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave has been learned.

"There are some mean waffles and grits that are made in the morning that have become a regular staple for some of us," Obama said. But she didn't reveal exactly for who that breakfast pairing has become a morning favorite. Though she was quick to add that she's not the one who eats waffles every day.

Obama's remarks Sunday afternoon from the White House kitchen were made in front of a group of visiting students from a nearby culinary school. She wanted to highlight the work of the men and women who prepare all the meals -- big and small -- but in answering questions from the half dozen chefs-in-training she revealed some interesting facts about her family's food choices.

It turns out President Obama is particularly keen on Sunday night's scallops dish and the huckleberry cobbler is a family favorite too. The First Lady says her husband has developed a quick admiration for White House Pastry Chef William Yosses.

"The President calls Bill 'The Crust Master' because he's a big pie guy and he has some of the best pies and tarts that come out of this place," she said. "And the fillings are just perfection which is a problem when you have delicious desserts available."

The kitchen staff will also "make a mean batch of French fries when you want it" according to Mrs. Obama but she says a healthy menu for her family is important too.

She says she tries to have meals that don't explode the calorie counter. Fresh produce is often brought in from the surrounding area to help this pursuit. It is a key ingredient for introducing different foods to her two young children.

"You want to get them to try that carrot," she said. "Well, if it tastes like a real carrot and its really sweet they're going to think that it's a piece of candy. So my kids are more inclined to try different vegetables if they are fresh and local and delicious."

Of course, no matter how hard one tries, convincing children to enjoy the same food as their parents can be difficult.

Mrs. Obama described Sunday evening's serving of creamed spinach as "amazing" and "delicious." But she volunteered to much laughter that seven-year-old "Sasha still didn't like it."

The previews of Sunday's dinner served to the culinary students were presented on china from the Wilson Administration.

One aspiring chef asked Obama if she would have her own pattern. "I think so. I think that's part of the job," she said.