“I think ‘Hail to the Chief’ has a nice ring to it.” ~ John F. Kennedy
Happy President’s Day!
Hope you’re enjoying your holiday weekend.
As I mentioned in my last Poetry Friday post, I have a lot of fun discovering little known facts or quirky bits and bobs about our Presidents. What I love most is learning about their food habits and preferences.
Did you know Lincoln had the smallest appetite of all the Presidents, often being happy with just an apple and cheese and crackers for dinner? (But he did love a good pecan pie.) Because of his bad teeth, Washington favored soft foods like fish, and Calvin Coolidge, a very thrifty man, reduced the amount of meat served at State Dinners because he considered it an extravagance. He preferred breakfast meetings because they were cheaper, but here’s where he wins my heart: he hosted “alphabetical breakfasts,” inviting congressmen alphabetically according to their last names. The menu, which was always the same, consisted of sausage, bacon, eggs, buckwheat pancakes, corn muffins, grapefruit, toast and coffee. Cute, no?
One of my favorite books on this subject is Sarah Hood Salomon’s Politics & Pot Roast (Bright Sky Press, 2006). It contains recipes connected to all 43 Presidents — original and favorite recipes of the Presidents and First Ladies, as well as updated adaptations of recipes from the periods they were in office. Brief anecdotes and quotes add lots of flavor and spice, perfect tidbits to impress the guests at your next dinner party. I hope to make some of these dishes during 2012 since it’s an election year and all, so stay tuned.
Meanwhile, if you’re hungry for some POTUS fodder today, you may wish to check out my Presidential Food Series (I’m waving to all you new subscribers). Put on your red, white and blue bibs and enjoy!
- Noshing with the Notables: Grover Cleveland, The White House Cookbook, a recipe for Squirrel Soup.
- Reagan Repast: Nancy brings her personal flair and elegance to the White House table, Ronald’s sweet tooth and chili recipe.
- Dinner in Camelot: Poulet Chasseur served at a Kennedy state dinner, JFK’s favorite soup.
- The Incomparable Mr. Jefferson: a foodie well ahead of his time brings recipes back from France and demonstrates his passion for the appreciation, consumption, and cultivation of food and wine.
- Have a Bite with Barack: Obama Family Linguine recipe, their favorite restaurants and food preferences.
- In Good Company: a visit to Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia.
- White House Kitchens and Dining Rooms: Photos of the many places where food is either prepared or served in the White House.
Why not bake a cherry pie?
“They say I need to be seasoned; they say I need to be stewed. They say, ‘We need to boil all the hope out of him — like us — and then he’ll be ready.'” ~ Barack Obama
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