Saturday, March 29, 2014

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day - Mar. 29th; Chef Cristeta Comerford

Chef Cristeta Comerford
Cristeta Comerford is the White House executive chef, the first woman, and first Asian person, to hold that position. She studied food technology in the Philippines, but didn’t complete her degree, immigrating to the United States. She worked in Chicago, Washington, DC, and in Vienna before she was recruited to work in the White House kitchen. She was appointed executive chef by Laura Bush, and was retained by Michelle Obama. Since she is the chef to a head of state, she is a member of Le Club des Chefs des Chefs.

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March 29th is Lemon Chiffon Cake Day. Chiffon cake is different because the eggs are separated before beaten (whites beaten separately from yolks), and it uses vegetable oil instead of butter. The man who developed the recipe, Harry Baker, kept the secret close until he sold his recipe to General Mills, who then published it with variations under the new name of "chiffon cake" in a Betty Crocker booklet in 1948. I may have a recipe for it somewhere, but neither grandmother has one. A recipe that old, seems like I should have a version of it in one of these cookbooks...

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