Monday, February 20, 2017

Good Eat'en: Bill Clinton loved jerk chicken, FDR craved sour pigs' feet and Barack Obama's fave was a blue-cheese burger with garlic aioli and Parmesan-sprinkled fries

 University of North Carolina Press

Here's a story I can be totally non-partisan, presidents enjoyment of good tasting food. 
Believe or not I think Barack Obama's burger sounds tasty.    

Daily Mail reports  

 Presidents Favorite Foods

Barack Obama, the 44th President (2009-2017), was a home-brewed beer enthusiast and he had beer brewed in the White House kitchen – White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter.
The honey used in the recipes was cultivated from a beehive kept on the White House grounds.

On Air Force One, Obama loved eating 'a blue-cheese burger with lettuce, tomato and garlic aioli, and Parmesan-sprinkled fries'.

He loved chocolate fudge cake as well as other flavored cake infused with limoncello.
President Obama's White House inherited chief usher Rear Admiral Steven Rochon, first brought in by President George W. Bush. President Obama immediately began 'needling him about installing a basketball court on the White House grounds'.

When Rochon exited to work in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 'President Obama broke the mold when he selected Angella Reid to be the first African American woman (and first woman, period) to serve as chief usher', writes Adrian Miller.

George W. Bush, the 43rd President (2001-2009) won polling that asked 'With which candidate would you like to have a beer'?

Being a Texan, he loved biscuits and chicken potpie, grilled cheese sandwiches made with Kraft cheese and white bread and Mexican food like huevos rancheros.

First Lady Laura Bush adored minted green pea soup that was developed by White House executive chef Walter Scheib.

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President (1993-2001) loved jerk chicken, a standby in Jamaican cuisine, soups, pizzas and spaghetti. He adored cheesecake made with mashed sweet potatoes.

He had Hawaiian French toast prepared for him on Air Force One.

If Hillary was on board, 'the menu leaned heavily to chicken Caesar salads with low-cal dressing'.

Ronald Reagan, the 40th President (1981-1989) loved Bavarian Cream Pie and was so thrilled when he found it on the Air Force One Menu. That is until Nancy Reagan came along behind him and told him, 'You're not having any of that'. Of course he acquiesced to Nancy.

Jimmy Carter, the 39th President and First Lady Roslyn Carter arrived in 1977 and were thrilled to learn that the Executive Mansion operated as a daily House of Soul. Food prepared for staffers was American Southern-style cooking: fried chicken, pork chops, pigs' feet, cornbread and black-eyed peas.

Being from Georgia, the Carters loved soul food.
Richard Nixon, the 37th President (1969-1974 when impeached) loved a pedestrian dish of cottage cheese with ketchup.

On inauguration night, when First Lady Pat Nixon discovered there was none to be had in the White House, she sent staff out to find a deli still open to buy some. She made sure the kitchen was never without cottage cheese after that.

Lyndon Johnson, the 36th President (1963-1969) loved so many foods including brownies, fried chicken, hash, popovers, peach ice cream, roasts, spoon bread and Pedernales River chili – all prepared by his adored Texas cook, Zephyr Black Wright.
He was always bringing back guests to the White House at all hours to try her cooking. She knew how to handle LBJ and she would tell him to just go sit down and wait and she liquored the guests up while she cooked.
Johnson threw a tantrum when he didn't get his scotch and soda mixed just the way he liked—3/4's liquor, ¼ soda. He'd throw the whole drink on the floor and demand a new drink.

John F. Kennedy, the 35th President (1961-1963), went in search of a chef who knew how to cook New England seafood dishes like clam chowder and any kind of fish.

He and Jackie were connoisseurs of fancy French cuisine and had their French chef cook it for them at the White House.

Kennedy also loved Heineken beer.

Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th President, (1953-1961), loved gourmet food and sometimes put on an apron to do his own stirring at the soup pot. He ate the same thing every morning: OJ, a little fried egg, one piece of bacon, toast and pineapple jam.

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Man am I hungry now!