First Lady Jill Biden kicks off the holiday season with a new special that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the First Family’s Thanksgiving traditions, including her grandmother’s savory filling recipe.
The 70-year-old teams up with country singer Trisha Yearwood for “A White House Thanksgiving,” which airs November 20 on Food Network and Discovery Plus. Variety reports.
“Food is love — and getting together for Thanksgiving this year is healing for our hearts,” said Dr. Biden in a statement. “The family recipes passed down from generation to generation, the fun traditions that endure, and the meaningful blessings I share make me grateful.”
Holiday Special: First Lady Jill Biden and Trisha Yearwood Team Up for ‘A White House Thanksgiving’, which airs November 20 on Food Network and Discovery Plus
What to Expect: Dr. Biden gives a behind-the-scenes look at the First Family’s Thanksgiving traditions, including her grandmother’s savory stuffing recipe
During the upcoming special, Dr. Biden and Yearwood, 57, create a tablescape using fresh flowers from the White House Kitchen Garden and prepare beloved recipes.
The first lady’s stuffing — handed down by her grandmother — is on the menu, as is the country superstar’s favorite turkey gravy.
The couple will also be joined by a number of White House staff, including White House chief flower designer Hedieh Ghaffaria, who will help create the floral and table decorations.
White House Chef Cristeta Comerford will demonstrate how to cook the White House Thyme Roasted Turkey.
According to the recipe shared with The Washington PostSoak the turkey for 12 hours in brine with thyme, peppercorns, and light brown sugar.
Review: Dr. Biden and her husband, President Joe Biden, sprayed an early Thanksgiving dinner for wounded warriors at the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory in 2012.
Classic: White House Chef Cristeta Comerford will be performing during the special
Comerford was brought to the White House in 1995 as an assistant chef and has served under the Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump and Biden administrations.
Meanwhile, White House executive confectioner Susan Morrison will be making a White House Apple Crisp. The dessert is topped with President Joe Biden’s favorite ice cream flavor, chocolate chip.
“It was fun opening the White House to Food Network and learning cooking tips from the chefs and florists at Trisha and the White House, while sharing my own family recipes,” said Dr. Biden in her statement.
“I hope everyone watching comes away with the feeling that cooking a Thanksgiving meal is something anyone can do, but if you’re still nervous about making the gravy, like me, you’re in good company!”
Variety reports that “strict COVID-19 protocols in line with CDC guidelines” were followed during the filming.
Cooking Queen: Earlier this week, Dr. Biden making pasta during a culinary class in Naples, Italy
Like a pro! dr. Biden donned an apron and rubber gloves while making ravioli with students at Naples Middle High School, a United States Department of Defense school
The special purpose is to ‘a a rarely seen glimpse of holiday entertainment in the White House,” said Courtney White, president of Food Network.
Yearwood shared a message of unity in her statement, saying: ‘Food brings us together. I so enjoyed my time at the White House cooking with Dr. Jill and the White House chefs share our holiday traditions.
“I hope this special is a reminder to all of us about what we all have in common,” she added. “Love each other.”
dr. Biden is no stranger to cooking in front of an audience. Earlier this week, she tried making pasta during a culinary class in Naples, Italy.
The first lady donned an apron and rubber gloves as she attended class at Naples Middle High School, a United States Department of Defense school located at the US Naval Support Activity military base in Naples.
“I’m used to Italian cuisine,” said Dr Biden, who said both her grandfather and grandmother were Italian.
She remembered how her grandmother “cooked the noodles and then hung it in her kitchen.”
“I always made homemade pasta for dinner,” she noted.
dr. Biden arrived in Naples on Monday afternoon after breaking away from her husband, President Biden, who traveled to Scotland to participate in the COP26 climate summit.