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Presidential Palates, Part 6

This blog post was originally published on October 19, 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.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933 – 1945), was known as a man of the people.  Perhaps guiding the nation through the dark and austere days of the Great Depression, gave him a true appreciation for the simpler things in life.

Roosevelt considered hot dogs a favorite meal.  Much to his mother, Sara Roosevelt’s chagrin, he even served them, along with cold beer, to England’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth when they visited his Summer White House in June of 1939.  There are many other documented occasions when hot dogs and other simple fare were served to White House visitors and prominent dignitaries during President Roosevelt’s administration.

Henrietta Nesbitt, the White House housekeeper in Roosevelt’s White, FDR was also very fond of a grilled cheese sandwich oozing with lots of cheese.  The recipe below would be a good choice for a foods lab activity, during which you could discuss the accomplishments of the FDR administration that affect their lives every day.

Reasons Students Should Be Grateful to FDR:

  • If you have an account at a community bank, you should be glad that FDR created the FDIC, which ensures the security of individual accounts.
  • If you have a job, you have FDR to thank for the size of your paycheck.  He created the federal minimum wage through the National Industrial Recovery Act.
  • If you did not have to go to work in a factory or other menial job when you were a little kid, you can thank FDR.  His office created the Fair Labor Standards Act, which banned the exploitation of child workers.
  • Finally, if you plan to drink responsibly when you are of legal age, you have FDR to thank.  He is responsible for abolishing prohibition.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

4 slices bread

3 tablespoons butter, divided

2 slices Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat skillet over medium heat.
  2. Generously butter one side of a slice of bread.
  3. Place bread butter-side-down onto skillet bottom and add 1 slice of cheese.
  4. Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter-side-up on top of sandwich.
  5. Grill until lightly and flip over; continue grilling until cheese is melted.
  6. Repeat with remaining 2 slices of bread, butter and cheese slice.

Yield:  2 servings

Consumer Resources Playlist, Textiles, Apparel and Fashion Playlist

Laundry Lesson

dirty laundry

Haven’t added a song to the FACS Soundtrack for a while so here you go.  When I heard this one on the radio recently it clicked that this would be an attention-getting way to introduce a lesson on one of these  topics:

  • use and care labels
  • buying clothes
  • laundry and stain removal
  • fibers and fabrics

I’m sure you can think of other related topics.

FACS rocks!

Consumer Resources Playlist

Week 2 –FACS Soundtrack Project

singing tomatoes

Well, we’re starting a new week of this year-long project to match a song to a FACS concept every week day for a whole year.  As you may have noticed, I’m trying out a new name for this challenge.  I don’t know why, be giving a title to whatever I’m working on is very important to me.  Any feedback on the title would be appreciated.  I’ve also thought about calling it the FACS Playlist.  What do you think? 

Anyway, we’re still talking about eating healthy and getting in shape, so in keeping with that theme, today’s song is Healthy Foods from Sesame Street.  The Sesame Street gang is bound to grab your kid’s attention, so give this a try. 

Love the back-up singers of fruits and vegetables. They’re a hoot!

Well, me known for eating cookie, When me don’t, they shout, "Look, he trying to throw loyal fans a curve! What he doing eating fish, Or vegetable dish? Man, he sure got a lot of nerve!"

Well, me answer you straight, When me filling up plate, Taking only cookies is all wrong! ‘Cause you also got to eat Fruit or veggies and meat If you want to be healthy and strong!

Word up!

Healthy food! Boy, it taste so good. Me one healthy dude ‘Cause me eat healthy food. Me love it boiled or stewed, Me love it whole or chewed. You’d feel just great if you’d Eat some healthy food!

Me promise that when you eat varied menu, You get more out of every meal. You need balanced diet, Come on and try it! Not believe how great you’ll feel!

Munch some carrots or beans Or poultry or greens, Along with your chocolate chip. And banana or plum Will make you go, "Yum!" Nutrition— it really hip!
( repeat chorus )

There broiled spring chicken, Grapes ripe for picking, And swordfish, tuna and trout. And apple and cherry, And all kinds of berry, And broccoli and Brussel sprout!

There lettuce, tomato, Boiled new potato, There spinach and celery and beet. Milk and honey and cheese, Peanuts, peppers, and peas, Pears and peaches and cream of wheat!
( repeat chorus twice )

Till tomorrow! Have a Rockin’ FACS Day!