“Almost every person has something secret he likes to eat.” M.F.K. Fish
We’re finally entering the home stretch of this very long, ugly presidential campaign season and if you’re like me, you just can’t wait for the whole thing to be over! Even though we need to avoid “talking politics” in our FACS classes, I think we can bring a little political history into our curriculum by taking a look at some of the rather interesting and strange food choices of some of those who have occupied the Oval Office.
From now until election day, I’m going to be sharing a series of posts that highlight the favorite foods of some of our American presidents. Each day I plan to share a snippet of culinary information about one president along with a simple recipe for that leader’s favorite food. I hope that you will use this information to expand and enrich your FACS curriculum and to have some historical fun with your students.
Food can’t be too controversial, right? Believe me, these food choices have nothing to do with party affiliation, just personal (and sometimes quirky) preferences. So let’s see if we can have some fun with the topic of presidential politics to help get through the next 26 days! Here’s a preview of coming culinary attractions. (No recipes today, just foodie facts!)
James Garfield (1881-1881) had a penchant for Squirrel Soup. Seems more like something someone would eat on an episode of Survivor!, right? Guess I shouldn’t knock it until I’ve tried it! Unlikely! (Aren’t you glad there’s no recipe for this one?)
Richard Nixon (1969-1974), the only U.S. President to resign from office, enjoyed a large bowl of cottage cheese topped with ketchup each morning for breakfast. Good luck getting your students to try this odd combination!
Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) was known to really love all types of cheese. A constituent once sent him a massive wheel of cheese that measured four feet in diameter and two feet thick. It weighed nearly 1,400 pounds and was covered in patriotic inscriptions. Ten thousand reception guests were invited to devour the wheel, which they did in just two hours!
Lyndon Johnson (1963-1969) loved Fresca so much that he had a Fresca fountain installed in the Oval Office so that he could have his favorite citrus beverage on demand. Pretty crazy, right?
Check back tomorrow to see which Presidential culinary secrets will be revealed! Now isn’t this more fun than the campaign footage on the evening news? You’re welcome!