said the mothers of the Pakistani roommates he had in college in 1980 taught him how to cook a traditional South Asian meat dish called keema, a lentil dish known as daal "and other very good Pakistani food." (Obama studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles from 1979-81.) Sam Kass, the chef Obama brought with him from Chicago to cook meals for the first family, didn't sound too worried about his pots and pans in the president's hands. "If he wants to make dinner now and again, that's fine by me," Kass said in an interview.
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