|Thanksgiving at the Mansion|
|Monday, 24 October 2016|
by Don Bingham
The holidays are always spectacular at the official executive residence of the Arkansas governor located at 1800 Center St. in Little Rock! The house and grounds are magical during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season with the formal state dining room leading the charge for “all things bountiful.”
The highlighted china was made possible by the efforts of First Lady Janet Huckabee and the Mansion Association. The china was designed by Mrs. Huckabee and the Lenox Company. Through a very successful campaign, enough money was raised for 350 place settings of the new china, which is used on a regular basis throughout the Mansion dining areas.
The linens feature the embossed state seal. The silver candelabras are from the USS Arkansas silver collection. The wallpaper is hand-painted silk, which showcases the mockingbird, cardinal and state flower runner-up, the passion flower. Finally, the hand-blown bell of the gold chandelier is a Louis XVI design, which welcomes guests to dinner.
The recipes included here and online are all Thanksgiving favorites of the First Family, Asa and Susan Hutchinson, and favorites of each of the three Governor’s Mansion chefs, Patrick Herron, Altus Buttry and Dan Darrah. The table is set and ready for the Thanksgiving feast. Now to menu planning and grocery shopping! It’s time for Thanksgiving at the Governor’s Mansion.
Rhubarb Custard Pie
Make pastry for 2-crust pie – put bottom crust in pie plate; save top.
Pour over cut up rhubarb. May substitute 1 cup of cut up strawberries for rhubarb.
into pie plate. Cover with lattice-style top crust. Protect edges with
strips of aluminum foil. Bake until nicely brown and filling bubbles.
(Rhubarb should test tender).
Bake 45 to 50 minutes (8”) in 400 degree oven (preheat). (More time for larger pie.)
Serve warm or cold (with ice cream). (Breakfast, too!)
10-12 cups Pepperidge Farm Croutons
Combine all ingredients and stuff into turkey.
Preparation - Hands-on: 15 minutes. Total: 3 hours, 35 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together first two ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk eggs and next five ingredients into flour mixture; pour into crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until almost set, shielding edges with aluminum foil after 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool 1 hour.
Recognized throughout the state as an accomplished chef, Don Bingham has authored cookbooks, presented television programs and planned elaborate events. Today, he is the administrator for the Governor’s Mansion.