Tuesday, June 20, 2006

White House Recipes

I love to try new recipes and am often looking for interesting ones to clip and save. I found a blog entry of Presidential Recipes. I thought Abigail Adams’ Apple Pan Dowdy looked like very yummy (I haven’t tried it yet though)!

I think looking at this is an interesting commentary on changing tastes in America. Plus the publication of recipes in newspapers is a "public friendly" way to get name recognization. In the last election, I can remember seeing small articles that gave recipes from each of the candidates' wives. Mrs. Bush's Cowboy Cookies were one of them.

I also thought I would add some new First Ladies recipes from my own collection (Source: Margaret Klapthor, The First Ladies Cookbook: Favorite recipes of the all the Presidents of the United States).

Mashed Potatoes (Harriet Lane)

3 large Idaho potatoes
1 tbsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 oz butter
2 eggs (used separately)
pastry bag

Peel the potatoes and cut in half. Place in a pan and cover with cold water. Add 1 tablespoon salt, bring to a boil. Let the potatoes simmer until they are soft; drain, return to the pan to dry a little. Beat until smooth, adding butter and 1 egg. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Fill pastry bag with potato mixture. Use rose tube. Pipe large rosettes on butter baking dish, sprinkle with beaten egg. Brown under the broiler, watching carefully so that they do not get too brown.

Clove Cake (Edith Roosevelt)

½ cup of butter
½ cup of milk
½ cup of molasses
2 cups flour
2 eggs, whole
3 cups seedless raisins
1 tsp soda, in the molasses
½ tsp of cloves, cinnamon and allspice
1 ½ tsp nutmeg
½ lb crystallized ginger and butter, for decoration

Mix butter and milk; add eggs, beating well. Add molasses and soda, milk, and flour that has been sifted together with the spices. Beat well. Add raisins. Bake in greased 8-inch tube pan at 350 F for 45-55 minutes.

Brush the top with a little butter, and garnish with overlapping slices of crystallized ginger.

You can have a "White House" dinner night now!

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