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Meals with History

Meals with History

The Favorite Foods of Some Ancestors

What better for a national holiday than to honor the American tradition of preparing the favorite recipes of those who wrote the history of this country?
In some cases, it wasn’t the presidents, but their wives who gave the note. In the Senate, many stories about political preferences are told. The truth is that citizens have always wanted to know the preferences of their leaders. In some cases, recipes have passed from one generation to another, adopting the name of the person that made them famous.

Here are some examples:

• “Million Dollar Mama” Nougat:It’s creator is “Mommy” Geneva Doud-Eisenhower, wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was First Lady of the United States between 1953 and 1961.
Known for taking good care of Money, her recipe was picked up by housewives across the country and printed in some cookbooks.
Recipe: 4 ½ cups of sugar, a pinch of salt, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 large can of condensed milk, 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, 12 ounces German sweet chocolate, 16 ounces of marshmallow cream, and 2 cups of nuts.
Calories: each serving (130 g) has 442 calories. So in order to try this delicious recipe, you could cut the dough into smaller portions and then freeze. If you manage to have 30-gram servings, you’ll get 102-calorie snacks.

• George Washington’s Blueberry Pudding:Although there is no evidence that this recipe comes from Washington or his wife, this dessert has taken his name because it was one of the typical dishes of the time in Mount Vernon, the State of the first president of the United States.
According to some historians, George Washington was very strict with food schedules: breakfast at 7; lunch at 3; at 6 or 7 he had tea, and at 9 he retired.
Recipe: 2 eggs, sugar, salt, and honey. Separately, mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1/3 cup boiling water. After adding the eggs to the mixture, mix 1 ½ cups blueberries with 1 ½ cup flour. Steam for 1 ½ hours.
Calories: one serving equals 402 calories. Enjoy this delicious pudding, eating half a serving.

• The Senate Bean Soup:It can be found every day in the Senate restaurant menu. The legend has it that this soup was prepared for the first time in the early twentieth century, at the request of Senator Fred Dubois of Idaho. Other versions attribute it to Senator Knute Nelson of Minnesota.
Recipe: 2 lbs (0,90 kg) of dry white beans, 1 gallon warm water, 1 ½ lbs smoked pork hocks, 1 chopped onion, 2 tablespoons lard, salt, and pepper.
Calories: it is estimated that one serving of this soup has 350 calories.

• Nixon’s Spanish Tortilla:Definitely, this isn’t the best choice for dieters. With 66% fat and 628 calories, this tasty omelette was one of President Richard Nixon’s favorites. Among its ingredients are: butter, eggs, salt, pepper, parsley, olive oil, onion, garlic, tomatoes, bay leaf, sugar, and Tabasco sauce. Although the most striking characteristic ingredient of this recipe is lemon: the favorite tortilla of the seventh president of the United Sates takes the juice of one whole lemon.

We also know some culinary preferences of the current President. While both Barak Obama and his wife, Michelle, prefer healthy foods, Obama enjoys the traditional “Fran’s Smoked Sea Salt Caramel in Milk Chocolate.” This chocolate, which bears the stamp of Fran Bigelow, has the distinction of having sea salt caramel, which gives it a less sweet and cloying taste. Michelle, however, prefers black chocolate.

Source:  www.usa.gov / President Nixon's Spanish Omelet,  www.recipezaar.com /  www.foodtimeline.org 

 

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