This blog post was originally published on October 17, 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.
“A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always welcome.” George Washington
Our first president, George Washington (1789-1797), was a man of simple taste. His love of nuts is said to have left him with only one natural tooth. His habit of cracking nuts with his teeth resulted in a mouthful of false teeth made from a variety of materials–animal teeth, ivory and even wood, according to the Smithsonian Institute.
One of George Washington’s favorite regular menus started with cream of peanut soup and ended with Martha’s whiskey cake. (President Washington was very fond of his mash. He started a whiskey-distillation business at Mount Vernon after leaving politics.)
Cream of Peanut Soup
2 tablespoons butter
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup milk
Chopped peanuts for garnish
- Melt butter in medium saucepan. Cook celery and onion until onion is tender, but not browned. Stir in flour and cook about one minute. Whisk in chicken broth, cooking until thickened and bubbly.
- Remove from heat. Puree mixture in batches, in a blender, until smooth. Return to saucepan.
- Add the peanut butter and milk, stirring to blend thoroughly. Heath through, but do not boil. Serve hot or cold. Garnish with snipped chives and chopped peanuts, if desired.
This is a simplified version of the recipe that would have been served to Washington and his guests, but it has the same rich flavor and creamy consistency of the original. It is also much more classroom-friendly. Give it a try with your students!
More Presidential Palates tomorrow! Happy Monday!