Socks, the Clinton family’s cat, prepares for a Museum Cats White House briefing. 12/5/93.
-from the Clinton Library
Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Roasted Rack of Lamb with a Pumpkin Thyme Crust
2 Frenched racks of lamb
1 cup pumpkin purée
2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 cup bread crumbs from good bread
3 teaspoon olive oil
Remove excess fat from lamb. Salt and pepper the meat and sear on all sides in a saucepan with a little vegetable oil. Place in a 375° oven for about 20 minutes depending on the size of the rack. Cook three-quarters of the way from your desired doneness. Let the rack sit on your counter and rest 20-30 minutes. When slightly chilled, spread pumpkin puree on the back and top of the lamb. Mix bread crumbs with salt, pepper, thyme and olive oil. Roll the rack of lamb in the bread crumbs. Put back in the oven to brown and finish. When done, cut chops and serve.
This recipe was shared by the Clinton Presidential Library and can be found in the National Archives cookbook “Eating with Uncle Sam.”
Photo: Clinton family pets, Socks the cat, and Buddy the dog, in the Oval Office. 12/08/99.
The Clinton family’s White House pets, Socks and Buddy, get a well-deserved close up on BuzzFeed. So cool that they found all 30 photos from the Clinton Presidential Library on the U.S. National Archives online catalog!
Photos: Socks the Cat sitting behind the President’s desk in the Oval Office. 1/7/94; Buddy the Dog and Socks the Cat in the Outer Oval Office, 1/5/98.
Do you love White House pets? Are you in elementary school? Then we have a tour for you!
On Wednesday, February 13, author Kathryn Gibbs Davis will present her children’s book, Wackiest White House Pets, at the Jimmy Carter Library.
Reservations are required!
Image: Amy Carter poses with her doll house and cat, Misty Malarky Ying Yang: 2/3/1978 [Carter Presidential Library, ARC177849]
Oh Socks, you ham. Here are some fun facts courtesy of Dear Socks, Dear Buddy; Kids’ Letters to The First Pets by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Type of Cat: Domestic Short Hair
Date of Birth: Unknown
Member of the Clinton Family since: March 1991
Height (Head to Paw): 14.5 inches
Weight: 9 pounds in 1998
Favorite Activity: Taking a Catnap
Favorite Bug to Catch: Spiders
Favorite Hideout in the White House: In a chair outside the Oval Office
-from the Clinton Library
Our featured cat is Socks, who was photographed at the White House in December of 1993. So we asked Terri Garner, director of the Clinton Presidential Library, to be our guest judge. There was a lot of debate and discussion in Little Rock, but she emailed us a winner today.
Congratulations to Jean West! Terri chose your caption on Facebook as the winner for the special LOL cat edition.
And if you would like to see more of Socks, check out the full set of photographs on Flickr from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.
The Thursday Photo Caption Contest will return in January 2012 with more humorous images from our holdings.
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Socks the cat hang out for the holidays in the White House. December, 1995.
The Clinton Presidential Library is launching a collection of photos in the Flickr Commons. To start, there’s photos of President Clinton at work, with foreign Heads of State, and for some holiday cheer we’ve found pics of Socks the cat at Christmas time.
Still to come: sets featuring Hillary, Chelsea, events from the Clinton administration, and of course, Buddy, the Clinton’s dog. Check it out in the U.S. National Archives Flickr Photostream.
Source: Flickr / usnationalarchives