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Presidential Palates, Part 11

This blog post was originally published on November 1, 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.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson (1963 – 1969) is famous for what became known as “Barbecue Diplomacy” for his habit of hosting outdoor gatherings for politicians, constituents, and donors at his ranch near Johnson City, Texas.  Johnson was the first president to host a cookout on the West Terrace of the White House.

The food for most of LBJ’s barbecues was prepared by Walter Jetton.  Jetton ran a popular catering company out of Ft. Worth, just a few hours from the LBJ Ranch.  Jetton usually dressed in a Stetson hat, creased white shirt, and string tie, and he billed himself as the “Barbecue King.”  He often had a while headless cow rotating on a spit beside a smoldering log fire.  That must have been quite a sight on the manicured lawn of the White House.

A native Texan, LBJ insisted that the portions served at his Texas-style barbecues be big!  In addition to barbecued beef dripping with Jetton’s special barbecue sauce, the menu at these events often included huge heaps of black-eyed peas and tapioca pudding.

Walter Jetton’s Barbecue Sauce

1 cup tomato ketchup

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1  1/2 cups water

3 stalks celery, chopped

3 bay leaves

1 clove garlic

2 tablespoons chopped onion

4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon paprika

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.  Simmer about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and strain.

Yield:  About 2  1/2 cups sauce.

Of this recipe, Jetton wrote, “This is the secret of the ages I am giving you here, and I would not be surprised if wars have been fought over less.  Use this as a plate or table sauce with beef, chicken, pork, or almost anything else.  Don’t cook things in it.”

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 – 1961) not only loved eating Beef Stew, he loved preparing it as well.  “Beef soup was one of his specialties, and he would leave the soup simmering on the stove in the kitchen for hours, causing much mouth-watering among the (White House) kitchen staff.”  In 1955, the Associated Press printed the recipe for Ike’s favorite beef stew, which his wife, Mamie, originally shared with the North Dakota Cow-Belles, an auxiliary of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.  “The Cow-Belles were a bit taken aback at first because the recipe was for 60 portions,” the AP reported.

This recipe for Beef Stew is a little more classroom-friendly than Ike’s version.

Quick and Easy Beef Stew

2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes

3 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

1 package McCormick’s Beef Stew Seasoning Mix

3 cups water

5 cups frozen vegetables for stew

Directions:

  1. Dredge beef with flour.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in large nonstick skillet or Dutch oven on medium-high heat.  Add 1/2 of the beef; brown on all sides.
  3. Repeat with remaining beef, adding remaining 1 tablespoon oil.  Return all beef to skillet.
  4. Stir in seasoning mix and water.
  5. Add vegetables; bring to boil.  Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Yield:  8 (1-cup) servings

 

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Presidential Palates, Part 8

This blog post was originally published on October 21, 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 Jimmy Carter (1977 – 1981) brought southern hospitality into the White House along with his taste for simple, country food.  In an interview with Oprah, President Carter describes the transition this way. “The favorite meal is country food. When we got ready to move into the White House, Rosalynn went in—one of our staff members did—and asked the cooks and so forth at the White House, ‘Do you think you can make the kind of meals that the Carters are going to enjoy?’” President Carter tells Oprah. “And their response was, ‘Yeah, we’ve been cooking that kind of meal for the servants for the last 20 years.’”

Whether a visitor hailed from south Alabama or the South of France, they were often treated to a heaping bowl of grits, baked with cheese, during visits to Carter’s White House during the breakfast hour.  Other favorites of the 39th President are cornbread and sirloin steak.

Cheese Grits Casserole

2 1/4 cups whole milk

2 1/4 cups water

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup quick-cooking grits

1 (8 ounce) package processed cheese (such as Velveeta), cubed

1/2 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, cubed

1/4 cup butter

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

2 eggs, beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Butter a 9 x 12-inch baking dish.
  2. Bring milk, water, and salt to a boil in a large saucepan; gradually sprinkle grits into the boiling liquid, stirring to combine.
  3. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir processed cheese, sharp Cheddar cheese, butter, and garlic powder into grits, stirring until cheese has melted.
  5. Let the mixture stand until cooled, about 15 minutes.  Stir beaten eggs into grits; transfer to prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until the top is lightly golden brown and the grits are set, about 45 minutes.

Yield:  10 servings

I will wrap up this blog series next Friday!  Have a great weekend!

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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!