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Presidential Palates, Part 12


President Barack Obama (2009 – 2017) is a big fan of salty-sweet treats.  The President was introduced to Fran’s Smoked Salt Caramels by Democratic fund-raiser Cynthia Stroum during a campaign event in Seattle, Washington.  “He had it backstage before he came out to make his speech,” she told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 2008.  “As he was entering the stage, he saw me and whispered in my ear, ‘Oh my, what were those?  Those are phenomenal.  I want more.’ So that became my little treat for him.”  The candies are made of buttery caramel coated in milk chocolate and sprinkled with smoked sea salt.  Check out  Smoked Salt Caramels at

  “I’ve been using this chili recipe since college and would bring it to any potluck.  I can’t reveal all the secrets, but if you make it right, it’s just the right amount of bite, the right amount of oomph in it and will clear your sinuses.”  Barack Obama

Early in his presidency, President Obama revealed that he loves to cook a pot of chili from his own personal recipe.  I can’t guarantee that this chili recipe  will measure up to the White House version, but I believe that your students will enjoy making and eating it!


Easy Homemade Chili

1 pound ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans

1  1/2 cups water

1 pinch chili powder

1 pinch garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the beef and onion and sauté until meat is browned and onion is tender.
  2. Add stewed tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, beans and water.
  3. Season with the chili powder, salt and ground black pepper to taste.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Yield:  4 servings