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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 10

This blog post was originally published on October 31, 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.

I’ll be wrapping up this blog series this week since mercifully the presidential election will finally be history next week.  I still have several former presidents’ food foibles and recipes to share with you, so each of the upcoming posts will feature information about more than one.  Next Monday I plan to share a multiple choice quiz based on information from each of the Presidential Palates blog posts.  Sometime next week, you will be able to download the entire series with quiz in PDF format for free from our website www.freshfacs.com.

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For many years, Bill Clinton (1993 – 2001) was a regular at Doe’s Eat Place in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he’d indulge in greasy cheeseburgers with generous amounts of mayonnaise, lettuce, pickles and onions.  The President’s passion for McDonald’s fast food was so well known, that it was once spoofed on Saturday Night Live.  After heart-related surgeries in 2004 and 2010, President Clinton went vegan.  Unfortunately, his passion for rich foods are still a part of his food reputation.  This is a recipe that President Clinton would have enjoyed during his less health-conscious days.

The Classic Burger

1 pound ground lean (7% fat) beef

1 large egg

1/2 cup minced onion

1/4 cup fine dried bread crumbs

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 or 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

4 hamburger buns

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup ketchup

4 iceberg lettuce leaves, rinsed and crisped

1 firm-ripe tomato, cored and thinly sliced

4 thin slices red onion

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mix ground beef, egg, onion, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until well blended.
  2. Divide mixture into four equal portions and shape each into a patty about 4 inches wide.
  3. Lay burgers on an oiled barbecue grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds); close lid on gas grill.  Cook burgers, turning once, until browned on both sides and no longer pink inside, 7 to 9 minutes total.  Remove from grill.
  4. Lay buns, cut side down, on grill and cook until lightly toasted, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  5. Spread mayonnaise and ketchup on bun bottoms.  Add lettuce, tomato, burger, onion, and salt and pepper to taste.  Set bun tops in place.

Yield:  4 burgers

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Bill Clinton and George W. Bush share a passion for Mexican cuisine.  A special favorite of both of these former presidents is Chicken Enchiladas.  This recipe should please both of these fine southern gentlemen.

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Easy Chicken Enchiladas

3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

2 cups chopped cooked chicken

2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream

1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted

1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon salt

10 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed

Pico de Gallo, optional

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, chicken, sour cream, soup, chilies, onion, pepper and salt.  Spoon about 1/2 cup off center on each tortilla; roll up.  Place seam side down in a greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  2. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.  Uncover; sprinkle with remaining Cheddar cheese.  Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.  Garnish with Pico de Gallo, if desired.

Yield:  10 servings

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Presidential Palates, Part 7

This blog post was originally published on October 20, 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.

 

Okay, so the final debate of this painful presidential campaign is behind us!  Finally!  Now more than ever, we need something positive in the political arena to distract us from all the negative noise.  So let’s continue with our look back at Presidential food preferences and taste quirks.

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Today we’re taking a look at the food preferences of President George W. Bush (2001 -2009). Considering his love of all things Texan, it isn’t too surprising that he’s a fan of Tex-Mex fare.  According to his White House Chef, George W. Bush was fond of a Sunday meal of huevos rancheros, a Tex-Mex classic.  “On most Sundays, if the Bushes weren’t at Camp David…the President wanted the same thing for lunch:  A post-church meal of huevos rancheros.”  This dish is flavorful and simple to prepare.  Give it a try!

Huevos Rancheros

2 (10-inch) flour tortillas

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

4 eggs

1/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup salsa

1/2 tomato, thickly sliced

2 tablespoons sour cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.  Heat tortillas, one at a time, flipping until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a separate skillet over medium heat.  Crack eggs gently into skillet in a single layer, being careful not to break the yolks.
  3. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese over the eggs, avoiding putting too much cheese on the egg yolks.
  4. Cook until eggs are set and cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Place tortillas on serving plates; spoon 1/4 cup salsa onto the center or each.  Top each tortilla with tomato slices, a dollop of sour cream, and 2 cooked eggs.  Season with salt and pepper.

Yield:  2 servings

President G.W. Bush had a second unusual favorite food that would be interesting and fun to prepare with students.  In July 2007, the White House Chef Cristeta Comerford revealed that “for dinner, the President loves what we call home-made cheeseburger pizzas because every ingredient of a cheeseburger is on top of a Margherita pizza.  Here’s a recipe for this very unique dish!

Cheeseburger Pizza

1 can refrigerated Pillsbury™ pizza crust

1/2 pound extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef

1 cup tomato pasta sauce

1/4 cup chopped red onion, if desired

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz.)

1/4 cup dill pickle slices

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.  Spray or grease 12-inch pizza pan.
  2. Unroll dough on pan.  Starting at center, press out dough to edge of pan.
  3. Meanwhile, in 8-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain.
  4. Spread pasta sauce evenly over dough.  Top with beef, onion and cheese.
  5. Baked 12 to 18 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and cheese is bubbly.
  6. Top pizza with pickle slices.

Yield:  4 servings

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little culinary glimpse into the Bush White House.  More to follow tomorrow!