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Before the main course came an appetizer Betty would have died for, and may have been thinking about when she ordered room service at the Savoy on Valentine's Day: Avocado and Crabmeat Mimosa. (In French cooking, the word mimosa indicates egg garnish).

In the summer of 1961, several months before her televised tour of the White House, Jackie Kennedy had planned a state dinner in honor of Pakistan’s president, Ayub Kahn, and his wife, and chose to hold it at Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s home.

Before the main course came an appetizer Betty would have died for, and may have been thinking about when she ordered room service at the Savoy on Valentine’s Day: Avocado and Crabmeat Mimosa. (In French cooking, the word mimosa indicates egg garnish).

This refreshing appetizer is adapted from In the Kennedy Style: Magical Evenings in the Kennedy White House, by Letitia Baldridge, Mrs. Kennedy’s social secretary, with menues and recipes by White House chef René Verson.