This blog post was originally published on November 2, 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.
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 https://www.franschocolates.com/frans-story/.
“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
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the beef and onion and sauté until meat is browned and onion is tender.
- Add stewed tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, beans and water.
- Season with the chili powder, salt and ground black pepper to taste.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Yield: 4 servings