Senators’ Thanksgiving meal picks: No apple pie for Klobuchar, McCain wants a fried bird

The Senate is rich in traditions, but members of the upper chamber are breaking from the usual fare of turkey and apple pie this Thanksgiving.

For example, Turkey Day is more like Duck Day this year in the Landrieu household.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is putting herself to work for her Thanksgiving meal, disclosing that right before the food-centric holiday she’s headed down to her home state for some duck hunting. She tells ITK, “I intend to bring some ducks back from Louisiana and add them to the turkey from Eastern Market.” Or maybe add some chicken in order to make the trifecta-of-poultry dish, turducken?

While Landrieu plans to dine on duck, one traditional item that Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) won’t be gobbling up at her in-laws’ home in Minnesota is apple pie. The lawmaker is making a bold (and potentially risky) move by declaring her dislike for the classic American dessert: “I always like pumpkin pie. I’m not an apple pie person.”

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) definitely digs the sweet, fruit-filled treat his sister-in-law whips up. Lieberman describes the dish as a “cranberry mold with fruit in it. Whole, delicious fruit.” When ITK pointed out that most folks either adore or despise that kind of jiggling cranberry concoction, the senior senator reaffirmed his feelings for the delicacy, emphatically stating, “I love it!”

Thanksgiving dinner won’t be on Thursday for Sen. John McCain. The Arizona Republican will be busy cheering at a Texas A&M University football game along with his son, Jimmy, and a friend. So McCain is delaying his holiday meal back at home until the weekend. And he has one key requirement for the star of the meal, saying, “I always fry turkeys. Always. Has to be fried.” He might not want to invite health-conscious first lady Michelle Obama over to partake of that grease-filled bird.

But Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) seems happy to fly home from D.C. to feast with his family, saying with a laugh, “I’ve seen plenty of turkeys around here, but now I get to go have some and eat some.”