THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: The White House Becomes a Home


At the end of the year around the White House, détente has a second meaning: harmony between Pat Nixon and the kitchen. Last week relations were superb. Assistant Chef Hans Raffert fashioned a two-foot-high house out of 16½ pounds of gingerbread, mortared it together with six pounds of icing, shingled it with five pounds of cookies, and decorated it with gumdrops, a pound of hard candy and a dozen peppermint canes. An embassy child stood spellbound before this creation, reached out and broke off a piece of the front and popped it in his mouth.

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