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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

Back to School Ideas, For the Love of FACS

Back To School Project

Hi Everyone!  I know it’s been a very long time since I added a new post to this blog!  The spring and summer fairly flew by as I worked feverishly to finish Four Course FACS, A Fictional Culinary Adventure (available for purchase now on our website) and to prepare for and participate in several FACS conferences.  Now that we’ve returned home, I plan to return to a more regular blog posting schedule. 

Locker decorations 

Here’s a fun project to get the school year off to a fun start—A Locker Decorating Project!  You’ll find tons of awesome ideas like the ones above on Pinterest.  Start off by having students complete a Personal Style Quiz like this one to help guide them through the design process.

locker decorations 2

Personal Style Quiz

1.    Your favorite colors are:
    A.    greens, blues, yellows, and browns.
    B.  gold, maroon, and navy.                               
    C.    whatever is currently in fashion.
    D.    black, white, gray, and beige.

2.    Your bedroom walls are:   
    A.    painted and stenciled in light pastel shades.
    B.    a dark color with a textured finish.
    C.    a neutral color with a white ceiling.
    D.    white, light gray or light tan.

3.    The outfit in your closet you reach for the most is:
    A.    a polo shirt and khakis.
    B.    cashmere sweater and tailored pants.
    C.    jeans and an American Eagle t-shirt.
    D.    black pants and a white or tan t-shirt.

4.    Your ideal vacation would take you to:
    A.    a cottage at the beach or a cabin in the mountains.
    B.    Disney World and Epcot Center.
    C.    the flea markets of Paris.
    D.    a week-long shopping spree in New York City.

5.    Your dream car might be:
    A.    a pickup truck with all the amenities.
    B.    a restored classic Ford Mustang.
    C.    a Volkswagen convertible coupe.
    D.    an eco-friendly hybrid vehicle like the Prius or Smart Car.

6.    Your dream house might be:
    A.    a rustic log cabin surrounded by nature.
    B.    a remodeled farmhouse in a rural area.
    C.    a stylish apartment in a metropolitan neighborhood.
    D.    a spacious house in a suburban community.

What do your answers reveal about your personal style?

If your answers are mostly A’s, your personal style is country or rustic.

Country style uses soft, muted colors often in earth tones.  Items purchased at flea markets, handmade accessories and family heirlooms are often used as accessories and accents.

If your answers are mostly B’s, your personal style is traditional.
Traditional style can be described as comforting and classic.  Colors are typically soft and muted and reflect an appreciation for antiques and history.

If your answers are mostly C’s, your personal style is eclectic.
Eclectic style is more difficult to define because it is often a blend of two or more design styles.  Colors used tend to be more bold than those used in country or traditional design.  Overall eclectic style is very personal and unique.

If your answers are mostly D’s, your personal style is contemporary.
Contemporary style uses sleek, sophisticated design with clean lines.  Accessories are minimal, but elegant in their simplicity.  Colors may range from black and white to very bold and vivid.

You’ll find some cute locker decorating videos on YouTube that will appeal to your students.

you tube locker

You’ll also find a fund Box Lid Organizer project that you can download for free from our website at

locker organizers

Hope these ideas have inspired you to create a fun and memorable activity to start the school year.  Check out the Great Start Back to School Ideas Pinterest board for more inspiring ideas!

Have a great school year!