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Presidential Palates Culinary Quiz

This blog post was originally published on November 7, 2016 as the first in a fifteen-part series related to the 2016 Presidential election. Beginning today we will be sharing these posts again in hopes that our readers will find some historical info regarding past presidents and their food preferences for use in the FACS classroom. A new Presidential Palates post will be shared each weekday between now and Election Day on November 3. Please note that the concluding post of this series is a quiz based on the Presidential Palates series of posts.

This is the official conclusion to our Presidential Palates blog series highlighting the food preferences of twenty-four American Presidents.  I thought it might be fun to provide a simple matching quiz to use with your students to measure what food facts they have retained from these posts.  Just a reminder that the entire Presidential Palates series will be available as a free download on our website www.freshfacs.com later this week.

Presidential Palates

Culinary Quiz

Directions:  Match the American Presidents on the left with their favorite foods.

             Part I (1789 – 1933)

  1.               George Washington                         A.  Gingerbread cookies
  2.              John Adams                                        B.  Roast turkey
  3.              Thomas Jefferson                             C.  Milk fresh from the cow
  4.              Andrew Jackson                                D.  Fried chicken with milk gravy
  5.              Zachary Taylor                                  E.  Apple cider
  6.              Abraham Lincoln                             F.  All types of cheese
  7.              Andrew Johnson                              G.  Creole cooking
  8.              Ulysses S. Grant                               H.  All types of nuts
  9.               James Garfield                                   I.  Macaroni and cheese
  10.              Theodore Roosevelt                         J.  Popcorn
  11.               William H. Taft                                 K.  Squirrel soup

    Part II (1933 – 2017)

  12.               Franklin D. Roosevelt                    A.  Cheeseburger Pizza
  13.               Harry S. Truman                              B.  Texas barbeque
  14.               Dwight D. Eisenhower                   C.  Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  15.               John F. Kennedy                               D.  Pork Rinds and Tabasco Sauce
  16.               Lyndon B. Johnson                          E.  Chili
  17.               Richard M. Nixon                             F.  Chicken Enchiladas
  18.               Gerald Ford                                        G.  Beef Stew
  19.               Jimmy Carter                                     H.  Jelly Beans
  20.               Ronald Reagan                                   I.  Rare beef steaks
  21.               George H.W. Bush                            J.  New England Clam Chowder
  22.               Bill Clinton                                         K.  English muffins
  23.               George W. Bush                                L. Cheese Grits
  24.               Barack Obama                                   M. Cottage cheese with ketchup

Answers:  1. H, 2. E, 3. I, 4. F, 5. G, 6. A, 7. J, 8. B, 9. K, 10. D, 11. C, 12. C, 13. I, 14. G, 15. J, 16. B, 17. M, 18. K, 19. L, 20. H, 21. D, 22. F, 23. A, 24. E

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Presidential Palates, Part 13

This blog post was originally published on November 3, 2016 as the first in a fifteen-part series related to the 2016 Presidential election. Beginning today we will be sharing these posts again in hopes that our readers will find some historical info regarding past presidents and their food preferences for use in the FACS classroom. A new Presidential Palates post will be shared each weekday between now and Election Day on November 3. Please note that the concluding post of this series is a quiz based on the Presidential Palates series of posts.

At an outdoor news conference, George H.W. Bush (1989 – 1993) revealed his distaste for broccoli stating that he wouldn’t eat it.  His distaste for broccoli raised quite a stir among parents and health professionals concerned that the public, and particularly children, would limit consumption of broccoli.  In March of 1988, when President Bush expressed his fondness for fried pork rinds dipped in Tabasco sauce in a TIME magazine profile, pork rind sales jumped 11 percent.  As a result, he was crowned “Skin Man of the Year” by pork-rind manufacturers.  These opposite reactions to a sitting president’s food preferences, demonstrates the interest that the American public has in what their leaders eat, even if their food choices are a little offbeat.

Andrew Johnson (1865 – 1869) became president following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  He assumed the office of the presidency at one of the darkest times in American history, the reconstruction era following the end of the Civil War.  As a result of the deep divides in the government, Johnson became the first US president to be impeached.  He survived the impeachment trial by just one vote.

In spite of the turmoil Johnson faced while in office, this native Tennessean enjoyed light-hearted entertaining in the White House.  It turns out that he was ahead of his time when it came to throwing a party because one of his favorite forms of entertaining was to throw a popcorn party for his guests.  These parties were much like the Popcorn Bars that are popular today.  Pretty cool, right?

While your students create their own version of a Popcorn Bar, you can share information about Andrew Johnson as well as the science explaining why popcorn pops.  If you need to refresh your memory on the science, this site can help. http://www.popcorn.org/Facts-Fun/Our-Story

Perfect Popcorn

3 tablespoons peanut or canola oil (high smoke point)

1/3 cup high quality popcorn kernels

Butter to taste (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a 3-quart, thick-bottomed saucepan, which has a tight-fitting cover.
  2. Put 2 or 3 popcorn kernels in the oil.  Cover.
  3. When the kernels pop, add the remaining 1/3 cup popcorn kernels in an even layer over the bottom of the pan.
  4. Cover, remove from heat for 30 seconds. This method first heats the oil to the right temperature, then waiting 30 seconds brings all of the other kernels to a near-popping temperature so that when they are put back on the heat, they all pop at about the same time.
  5. Return the pan to the heat.  The popcorn should begin popping soon, all at once.  Once the popping starts in earnest, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner.
  6. Try to keep the lid slightly ajar to let the steam from the popcorn release, producing drier and crisper popcorn.
  7. Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat, remove the lid, and dump the popcorn immediately into a wide bowl.  With this technique, nearly all of the kernels pop, and nothing burns.
  8. If you are adding butter, you can easily melt it by placing the butter in the now empty, but not hot pan.  Drizzle the melted butter over the popcorn and toss to distribute.
  9. Salt to taste

Yield:  2 quarts popcorn

Suggested toppings for your Popcorn Bar:

  • Gummy bears
  • Skittles
  • M & M’s
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Powdered Cheese
  • Cocoa powder
  • Mini Chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Cinnamon and sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Crumbled cookies or cake

Organizing your Popcorn Bar

Display popcorn and toppings in attractive, see-through jars/containers or shakers.  Label each jar to make it easier for guests to make their choices.  Provide a serving scoop or spoon for each topping container.  Guests will also need bowls or bags to hold their popcorn concoctions.

 

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Presidential Palates, Part 9

This blog post was originally published on October 25, 2016 as the first in a fifteen-part series related to the 2016 Presidential election. Beginning today we will be sharing these posts again in hopes that our readers will find some historical info regarding past presidents and their food preferences for use in the FACS classroom. A new Presidential Palates post will be shared each weekday between now and Election Day on November 3. Please note that the concluding post of this series is a quiz based on the Presidential Palates series of posts.

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President Abraham Lincoln (1861 – 1865) is one of the most studied and analyzed figures in all of American history, so it’s not surprising that we know quite a lot about his food preferences and habits.  Several books have been written about Mr. Lincoln’s culinary tastes (I myself own two of them!) so it’s something of a challenge to synthesize a few interesting facts and recipes from all of this published information, but I’m going to give it a shot.

It’s said that Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln had a hard time getting him to remember to eat at all.  When she did discover foods that he truly enjoyed, she made sure that they were available whenever he wanted them.  For the most part, his food tastes were simple.  He loved fresh fruit, particularly apples.  One of his favorite meals was simply fresh fruit and nuts, cheese and crackers.

While debating Stephen A. Douglas, Lincoln amused the audience with a childhood story about his mother’s gingerbread men.  Gingerbread men remained one of Lincoln’s favorite treats throughout his life.

“Once in a while my mother used to get some sorghum and ginger and make some gingerbread.  It wasn’t often, and it was our biggest treat.”  Abraham Lincoln

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Gingerbread Men Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup molasses

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large mixing bowl.  Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add molasses, egg and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.
  4. Press dough into a thick flat disk.  Wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate four hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface.  Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter.  Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown.  Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes.  Remove to wire racks; cool completely.  Decorate cooled cookies as desired.  Store cookies in airtight container up to 5 days.

Yield:  24 gingerbread men

President Lincoln had a particular passion for oysters just about any way they were served.  Oysters were served at Lincoln’s second inaugural dinner along with poultry, tarts, jellies, and terrapin stew (stew made from turtles).  An interesting footnote to that dinner is that it hilariously evolved into a food fight because there wasn’t enough food to go around!  The Washington Evening Star reported, “The floor of the supper room was soon sticky, pasty and oily with wasted confections, mashed cake, and debris of foul and meat.”  What a sight that must have been!

Other foods that Mr. Lincoln particularly enjoyed were bacon, corn cakes, and chicken fricassee with herbed biscuits.