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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 02/10/2011

Thursday feature: A turn to lighter fare

By Jennifer Rubin

In our new Thursday feature, we ask prominent conservatives a nonpolitical question. Last week it was sports.

This week we ask: What's your favorite dessert?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio): "Graeter's ice cream from Cincinnati." Any favorite flavor? "A bunch of 'em."

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell: "Chocolate ice cream."

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (House Budget Committee chairman): "Cheese." [me: he's from Wisconsin!]

Dana Perino (former White House press secretary, now a Republican consultant): "Key lime pie -- eaten rarely but savored when it's available."

Tucker Carlson (Daily Caller's editor in chief): "The Palm's carrot cake."

Peter Robinson (former Reagan speechwriter, Hoover Institute fellow, founder of "Easy: baked Alaska. Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of a grapefruit half, then, working quickly, cover the ice cream with meringue and pop the whole concoction in a hot oven just long enough to brown the meringue tufts. Hot and cold, sweet and sour, crusted and soft. Lingual bliss."

Stephen Hayes (senior writer at the Weekly Standard): "Dogfish Head Midas Touch. (It's a beer; I don't eat dessert.)"

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 10, 2011; 12:50 PM ET
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Custard Pie. Apologies to all for the mental graffiti. (Yeah, right, not even, Garth!)

Posted by: aardunza | February 10, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

You know, I'd be interested to read a poll of some of these folks' favorite books. And I'm not talking the usual suspects from the conservative canon, although philosophical or political books from off the beaten track would be kosher. More like novels, formative non-fiction books, that sort of thing.

Posted by: hyvaslide | February 10, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Back in the day my wife and I collected Michelin stars (visited one- to three-star rated restaurants), but I’d never heard of grapefruit baked Alaska until I saw Peter Robinson’s response. I Binged “baked alaska grapefruit” and may have found a touch of heaven.

Thank you, JR, your frivolous endeavor has enriched my life and palate! Am heading off to Publix now…

Posted by: SCMike1 | February 10, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Favorite dessert: anything involving chocolate and peanut butter. Or carrot cake. Or ice cream. (I'm easy to please when it comes to sweets.)

Favorite book(s): anything by P.G. Wodehouse, Cormac McCarthy, H.P. Lovecraft, or J.R.R. Tolkien (yes, I know that's a weird combination of writers)

Posted by: WashingtonDame | February 10, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Here's some of my childhood favorites, in sort of chronological order:
Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel
Journey Cake
Epaminondas and his Auntie (very racially Incorrect, but funny)
The Four Chinese Brothers
Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr
The Extraordinary Adventures of Peter Grunt
Pueblo Stories, Hawaiian Stories, Indian Stories
Pippi Longstocking
Ben and Me
Danny Dunn stories
The Adventures of Alvin Fernald
Homer Price (and sequels)
Dr. Seuss ouvre
Beverly Cleary ouvre
Freddy the Pig
The Mystery on Whistler's Mountain
We Were There books
Honestly, Katie John!
Charlotte's Web
The Mad Scientists Club
My Side of the Mountain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Posted by: aardunza | February 10, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Complete Shirlock Holmes
Father Brown stories
(who's that blind detective who solved the case using only newpaper clippings?)
Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe
H.P. Lovecraft
The Worldly Adventures of a Teenage Tycoon
(yep, you catch the drift -- bookworm since age 7 :))

Posted by: aardunza | February 10, 2011 11:27 PM | Report abuse

From what school did you matriculate, Sherlock?
Elementary, my dear Watson--elementary.

Posted by: aardunza | February 10, 2011 11:31 PM | Report abuse


Case closed.

The democrats can walk. They will never make it back again because of what they did with Reconciliation and going back on their promises of compromise and bipartisanship.

It is that simple.

I predict the Blue Dogs will start a new party and pound the liberals into the ASHHEAP OF HISTORY.


Posted by: RainForestRising | February 11, 2011 7:02 AM | Report abuse

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