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Charles Schumer joins inauguration chef to make Hudson Valley apple pie
Move over Rachael Ray. Chef Schumer is heating up the kitchen.
When Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was tapped as chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, he may not have known that cook and taste tester went along with the job, but that's the role Schumer found himself in recently when he joined head chef Shannon Shaffer to help prepare one of the inauguration luncheon's main dishes: Hudson Valley apple pie.
President Barack Obama's inauguration luncheon is set to be a feast of the Hudson Valley's finest foods, prepared by Shaffer, trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park in Dutchess County. Shaffer created the menu to reflect the inaugural theme "Faith In America's Future," selected by Schumer.
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In a video released by the Inaugural Ceremonies Committee on Tuesday, Schumer joins Shaffer in the kitchen to prepare the chef's modern twist on a classic American dessert, which will be served to guests after main courses, including lobster and bison.
The pie uses Crown Maple Syrup and Golden Harvest apples, products of two of the state's largest agricultural industries. Schumer seems to find the syrup finger-licking good. We'll have to wait until Jan. 21 to see if President Obama feels the same.