03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Eating White House Garden Salad -- Sort Of

I was, of course, thrilled to be given the task of assembling a salad with such illustrious lettuce. I've been fascinated by the project since it broke ground in March (I'm not alone--Michelle Obama said the two things foreign heads of state invariably ask her about are the garden and First Dog Bo). And I've been reading about all the produce that's come out of the garden: more than 700 pounds so far, according to the report from yesterday's fall harvest celebration at the White House.

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