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Monday, January 21, 2013

Two Cute Dogs and an Inauguration Lunch

Okay, long post title.
But not a terribly long post.

Today's info and pictures are courtesy of my hubby, Howard.

He caught our two dogs with his camera phone.

When he sent me this picture of Gilda, he captioned it:
"What a cutie pie!"

As for Dylan, he sent this shot, with this caption:
"What is going on in his tiny little head?"

Do you think he's got a favorite?  :-)

It is Inauguration Day for the President and VP.
(Isn't that a funny word?  Inauguration, not day!)

As part of his job in news, Howard gets all sorts of
oddball information, bits and pieces, floating across his desk.

Statuary Hall, ready for today's Luncheon.

The menu, even recipes, for today's
Inaugural Luncheon at the Capitol Building are
easily found online, but not so the nutritional information.
Mmmm . . . lobster.  Now that might tempt me to go to this shindig.

Howard asked:
"How many Weight Watchers 'Points Plus' would this meal be?"
Anne figured it out.

The calorie count for the whole meal tops
3,000 calories - if you eat everything.

First Course: Steamed Lobster with New England Clam Chowder Sauce
Lobster Tails
New England Clam Chowder Sauce
Sauteed Spinach
Sweet Potato Hay
Per Serving: Calories 783, Fat 45.7g, Saturated Fat 16g, Cholesterol 247 mg, Sodium 1819 mg, Carbohydrates 55g, Dietary Fiber 7.5g, Sugar 14g, Protein 29g

Second Course: Hickory Grilled Bison with Red Potato Horseradish Cake and Wild Huckleberry Reduction
Butternut Squash Puree
Baby Golden Beets and Green Beans
Red Potato Horseradish Cake
Strawberry Preserve and Red Cabbage
Wild Huckleberry Reduction
Per Serving: Calories 1184, Fat 34.6g, Saturated Fat 16g, Cholesterol 177mg, Sodium 7445mg, Carbohydrates, 149g, Dietary Fiber 16.7, Sugar 97.2g, Protein 51g

Third Course: Hudson Valley Apple Pie with Sour Cream Ice Cream, Aged Cheese and Honey
Pie Dough
Cinnamon Crumble
Sour Cream Ice Cream
Maple Caramel Sauce
Artisan Cheeses
Per Serving: Calories 1060, Fat 64.4g, Saturated Fat 39g, Cholesterol 331mg, Sodium 488mg, Carbohydrates, 108.5g, Dietary Fiber 1.7g, Sugar 75g, Protein 14g

Total Nutritional Counts (not including wine pairing): Calories 3027, Fat 145 g, Saturated Fat 71g (49% of fat), Sodium 9752 mg, Total Carbs 312.5g, Sugar 186.2g (59% of carbs)

That comes to a whopping 77 points.

But did you read that menu?  I'm thinking . . . well worth it.

Merlot grapes in the Bedell orchards in Cutchogue, on Long Island's North Fork -- only a couple of miles from our beach house.
And they served a Long Island wine, a 2009 Bedell Cellars Merlot,
about $30 a bottle, with the main course of Bison.  Yes, Bison.

And of course, we have to check out the tablescaping.

And now I'm off to a fabric store, just because.  -- Cass


  1. Gilda and Dylan are the cutest dogs! They just look so at home. Happy dogs. ;) That menu is really high in fat and calories. I imagine most people only politely take a few bites then leave it. I wonder how much was wasted? Bison is delicious and so tender. :)

  2. How talented your Anne is!

    The pooches are adorable. (((hugs)))

  3. I hope no one is having to watch calories, salt intake or sugar intake.
    Oh my!

    M :)

  4. love your doggies! The meal sounds amazing and I did watch the festivities yesterday and so enjoyed seeing the President's sweet daughters and how they have grown in four years!

  5. hit the rescue dog jackpot with those two....I don't know who is cuter...


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