What to do the day after you lose a presidential election? John McCain avoided the newspapers. Michael Dukakis went right back to work. As for Mitt Romney, he and his wife turned to comfort food.
“The morning after Mitt conceded defeat in his 2012 presidential campaign, I came home and made Grandmother Pottinger’s pancakes for both of us,” Ann Romney writes in her new cookbook. “There was so much batter left over that we decided to make pancakes for the Secret Service guys who were packing up to leave.”
In “The Romney Family Table,” which hits shelves next week, the former Republican presidential candidate’s wife shares her most trusted recipes – from pancakes and pies to Mitt’s favorite meat loaf cakes.
The secret to those? The “sweet and tangy” sauce made with ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard and all-spice. Best served with mashed potatoes and cooked carrots, according to Ann.
Mitt also has a fondness for rhubarb pie, hot dogs and – back to the pancakes – he likes those two at a time “with crunchy peanut butter between them, all topped with maple syrup,” she writes.
The book, published by Shadow Mountain, features mostly simple, All-American recipes (chicken pot pie, potato salad, apple crumb cake) and a bunch of family photos: Mitt making ice cream for his grandchildren, lots of Romney baby pics and Ann looking very Martha Stewart-esque in the kitchen.
Readers will also be reminded that the Romneys just might have the perfect family life. Ann writes of idyllic summer gatherings at the lake house, in-laws who all get along and Christmas Eve feasts after which “we would retire to the family room, where Mitt would lead off the evening’s program with his reading of excerpts from ‘A Christmas Carol’, by Charles Dickens.”
It “may sound ideal, but it rarely works out quite that way,” Romney insists.
In family stories throughout the book, Romney recalls the challenges of raising five rambunctious boys and the joy of caring for — and feeding — a growing flock of grandkids.
She also manages to slip in one (very mild) political dig. Next to her recipe for Fluffernutter Sandwiches, Romney notes that “Mayor Bloomberg probably has Fluff high on his list of substances to be banned in New York City.”
“For me,” she writes. “[That] would be an added incentive to keep it around.”
If she had a sense of humor, she would have called it "To Serve Man."
Her sisterwives ghosted it.
R4, you KNOW we want to live on our Family Planet when we die and therefore cannot use your "wine" in our Latter Day meatloaf.
Shame on you, Temptress.
I think it's sweet she dedicated the book to "You people."
She probably uses lemon juice because Mormons abstain from liquor including wine.
Wow - this is so transparent. Mitt - you're done. This isn't going to help you win any more races.
Jesus Christ - does anyone think she does any cooking?
Chapter 3 includes an old family favorite, Pheasant Under Glass, although we prefer to serve it on top of the glass. In fact, we prefer all of our friends in the animal kingdom to be on the roofs of things.
[quote]Jesus Christ - does anyone think she does any cooking?
In the bedroom, apparently...
Yeah---I can see Ann Romney slaving away in her kitchen cooking up a fine heap o' vittles for her Stepford family.
[quote]Chapter 3 includes an old family favorite, Pheasant Under Glass, although we prefer to serve it on top of the glass. In fact, we prefer all of our friends in the animal kingdom to be on the roofs of things.
Hence, the homage to this practice with her recipe for "Car Rack of Lamb."
Here's an old favorite of Mitt's: Hot Dog on a Stick Shift
does she have a recipe for graxy?
Do her recipes include the number of staff folk required to make each dish ???
Tell me again which room is the kitchen.....?
[quote]A cookbook! Oh no, has anyone seen Rafalca?
He's featured in her version of Ikea's Sweetish Meatballs.
A cookbook? What's next, a decorating book featuring all their residences?!
As if these two despicable plastic Stepford bastards need any MORE money!
Love Ann's 47 Percent Velveeta Casserole
Her All-White Christmas Dinner
And her Planet Kolob Fruitcake.
I loved her recipe for bitter greens
All her greens are in Switzerland.
She likes pie
Is that why she doesn't want to let anyone else have a slice?
Mitt's Broiled Roof Rack of Lab
Maybe it's a book about how to hire help on the cheap and then how to micromanage THEM cooking.
A "sweet and tangy" sauce made with ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard and all-spice?
How did I manage to miss that in all of my cookbooks?
Ann Romney hasn't been in the kitchen since that fateful day when the rotisserie sliced off her tits.
Crow under glass
[quoteThe meatloaf cakes sound good, but I'm a little suspicious about 1/4 cup of lemon juice in a meatloaf that's only 1 1/2 pounds of meat.
That's how she gets the sour look on her face.
Is this for a prison or concentration camp?
What, no recipe for sour grapes? She's famous for it.
The Secret Service pancakes story is clearly to address criticism the campaign faced for cutting off their staff's credit cards election night.
He could very well be running again. After all, God has chosen him to be the first Mormon president!
My personal view is that he is not viable as a candidate unless he moves to Detroit and accomplishes some big initiative there to improve things.
And it's probably too late for that. He would have had to do it before now.
From the acknowledgements...
(Not kidding...this is real)
"Warm thanks to my friend Oscar de la Renta for so generously offering his exquisite new line of tableware to use in the food photography. His unique style and flair are a valuable contribution to this book."
That Ann...so warm and down-to-earth.
[quote]"Warm thanks to my friend Oscar de la Renta for so generously offering his exquisite new line of tableware to use in the food photography. His unique style and flair are a valuable contribution to this book."
What a high-hat cunt!
Mormons and Utahns in general are known for their Jell-O salads ... are there any in the cookbook?
^ Yeah ... what about funeral potatoes?
r49, you hit the nail on the head with the Funeral Potatoes. I am from the Midwest and we called them cheesy potatoes but my LDS friends call them Funeral Potatoes. They are really good.
According to the Oscar de la Renta website, the tray Ann is holding on the acknowledgement page is $595.
On the handcrafted in India tray is a set of "Dot and Dash" cocktail plates ($125 for four.)
Next to them, highlighting what appears to be a Caprese salad, are four "Dot and Dash" dinner plates, coming in at $43 a piece.
Further decorating the tray is the de la Renta champagne bucket, here used modestly to hold some simple flowers, ringing in at a mere $350.
Just $1242 to serve the family funeral potatoes.
What could be better?
[quote]Romney's family portrait is not entirely without political consideration. Son Josh, who encouraged his mother to write the cookbook, is being pressed by his father's onetime campaign financiers to run for governor of Utah. Son Matt was courted this summer by some of his father's donors, who wanted him to jump into the race for mayor of San Diego (he quickly declined). When Massachusetts Republicans were shopping for a candidate in the special election for U.S. Senate this year, they tried to recruit a third son, Tagg.