“Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.”

– Gerald R. Ford


Hubert Humphrey’s Homemade Beef Soup

“This is Mrs. Humphrey’s favorite recipe for beef soup — and incidentally my favorite meal.” -Hubert Humphrey This recipe was originally submitted in 1959 by Hubert Humphrey, back when he was a U.S. senator from Minnesota, to a book called Political Pot Luck: A Collection of Recipes from Men Only. Humphrey, who is best known for his role as Vice President to Lyndon B. Johnson in the sixties, apparently loved this stew enough to call it his most favorite meal. You might discover it’s yours too. 

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President Clinton’s Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing

This recipe for Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing was prepared during the holidays at the White House in 1996 when President Bill Clinton was president. It’s a spice-packed stuffing with ingredients you’d never thought belonged in a stuffing, but now wouldn’t have any other way.  According to the White House archives, this dish was prepared by White House Chefs Walter Scheib III and Roland Mesnier.   Not a fan of Chorizo? No problem. Just replace it with a variety of sausage you prefer. That’s what I did and it still tasted spectacular. This stuffing has a bit of a Spanish flair with the prominent taste of cumin. It’s not a spice I would have even fathomed putting in a stuffing, but it was a pleasant surprise. So were the butternut squash and sundried tomatoes… both tasty additions I’d never seen before in a stuffing. Try it topped with this butternut squash salsa and you’ll wonder why you didn’t know about this combo sooner!   Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 2 tsp. olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 c. butternut squash, diced 1/4 c. carrots, diced 1/4 c. sundried tomatoes, diced 1/4 c. Chorizo sausage (or other sausage variety), cooked, drained, and crumbled 2 tsp. ground cumin […]

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President Clinton’s Butternut Squash Salsa

Never heard of butternut squash salsa before? Me either! But now that I know about it, it might become a staple at every Thanksgiving dinner. This delightful salsa was a dish the Clinton’s had prepared for them by the White House chefs during their holidays at the White House.   I’m a bit of a salsa fanatic, so when I discovered this gem from the Clinton’s White House archives, I knew I had to try it. Just as the White House chefs suggested, we served this salsa over the Clinton’s Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing and it was a delightful, unique addition. The White House chefs also suggest serving this holiday salsa as an accompaniment with turkey or chicken. If you’re looking for a unique dish to delight guests this holiday season, this Butternut Squash Salsa is your ticket.   Makes 1 cup  INGREDIENTS 1 tsp. olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 c. butternut squash, diced 1/2 c. carrots, diced 1/4 c. fresh tomatoes 1 Tbs. rice wine vinegar 1 Tbs. olive oil 1 tsp. ground cumin 1/4 tsp. jalepeno chile, diced 1-2 Tbs. chopped cilantro lime juice and sugar to taste   DIRECTIONS Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in small pan and saute garlic […]

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George W. Bush’s Cowboy Cookies

I’m a sucker for a good chocolate chip cookie. I’ve also become a bit of a cookie “snob” over the years and am extremely picky about what I like. They can’t be too crisp, too flat, too dense, or too sweet. I need the perfect balance. George W. Bush’s Cowboy Cookie is it.     This week, I hosted a book club at my house (for my favorite book about this man) and had a whole line up of presidential foods. I had JFK’s fish chowder, Teddy Roosevelt’s clove cake, Barbara Bush’s mushroom quiche and her pecan pie, etc. I enjoyed every single one of them. But my very favorite food from that entire night was George W. Bush’s Cowboy Cookies. I don’t know if they were named after GW or if the name existed before they became a GW favorite? No idea. But, I do know that these cookies were perfection. Maybe it was the addition of both coconuts and oats to a classic, or maybe it was the crunchy and slightly salty cornflakes? Whatever it was, I’m telling you, these cookies were fabulous and totally hit the spot (thanks to my friend Amy for making them)! They were the perfect balance […]

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Washington State Caramel Apple Pie

Did you know that Washington state produces more apples than any other state in the country? That’s 7 out of every 10 apples in the U.S.! At an impressive 2.5 million tons of apples a year, it’s an industry worth more than $2.4 billion! So, as a current Washingtonian, it seems like sharing my favorite caramel apple pie recipe with you during apple season is just the right thing to do.   This might be my new favorite way to eat apple pie. It’s like a delightful mix between a pie and a crisp. And that caramel topping takes it to a whole new level! We happened to use Golden Delicious apples for this pie, since we had just picked them at a local orchard earlier in the week. But feel free to use whatever apples you prefer (Granny Smith or Honey Crisp also work great). Whatever you do though, don’t skimp on the caramel. That caramel. Mmm. I’ll be dreaming of it all day… Thank you, Washington, for producing such glorious, juicy apples that make recipes like this possible.   INGREDIENTS: 1 unbaked pie crust 7 cups peeled and sliced apples (use whatever apple variety you prefer) juice of half of a lemon ½ […]

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Theodore Roosevelt’s Clove Cake

This recipe for vintage Clove Cake comes from the kitchen of Theodore Roosevelt, more particularly, from his wife, Edith. We discovered the recipe here in the First Ladies Cookbook. They say this was Teddy’s favorite cake. This old fashioned cake tastes slightly similar to gingerbread. It was popular at the turn of the century to make cakes using molasses and raisins and this cake is no different. The Roosevelt’s suggested to serve the cake with slices of crystallized ginger on top, but since I knew my kids would never go for that, we topped ours with a warm caramel sauce and dollop of whipped cream instead. My pickiest eater devoured a slice and asked for seconds. I think she thought it was chocolate cake (shh… it’s our little secret). We’ll include the recipe for the caramel sauce below. It’s exquisite. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup of butter (room temperature) 1 cup of sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup of molasses 1 teaspoon baking soda, mixed in the molasses 1/2 cup of milk 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon cloves, cinnamon, and allspice 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg 3 cups raisins or finely chopped dates*  DIRECTIONS Mix butter and sugar until fluffy; add eggs, beating well. Add molasses with soda, milk, and flour that has been […]

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President Obama’s Chicago Chili

This chili is said to be President Barack Obama’s ultimate favorite. Though, fair warning, it isn’t your standard chili recipe. This Chicago-style chili has a few added twists that deviate from the norm–but that doesn’t stop it from being delightful! “I borrowed this recipe from my husband—it’s now the President’s Chili Recipe. When we lived in Chicago, we loved to invite our family and friends over to our house, make a batch of chili, and enjoy the evening together.” —Michelle Obama  

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Obama’s Rhubarb-Strawberry Crumble Pie

It quickly became known in the White House that President Obama loved pie. This one, Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble Pie, was one of his favorites. According to one of President Obama’s pastry chef’s, they were always racking their brains trying to create new combinations for the commander in chief. This recipe was shared by the White House pastry chefs in Michelle Obama’s American Grown.  So, this Fourth of July, move over apple pie. This Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble Pie is another classic you probably won’t want to live without. It’s the perfect combination of tart and sweet. And I promise you won’t even miss the apple pie.   

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Lemonade Lucy’s Watermelon Lemonade

This addition of watermelon to a classic American drink is a delightful twist. And if you know a thing or two about our 19th President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, you may recall the fact that his wife, Lucy, wouldn’t allow alcohol to be served at the White House. Consequently, she earned the nickname Lemonade Lucy. So, in honor of Lucy, and one of America’s top grown crops, we bring you Lemonade Lucy’s Watermelon Lemonade. This alcohol-free beverage will change your summer for the better.  

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Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Pasta Salad

Did you know that Thomas Jefferson was basically the master gardener? He grew 330 varieties of 89 species of vegetables and herbs at Monticello. So, I guess you could say this garden pasta salad would win over Thomas Jefferson. Everything in this pasta salad (minus the pasta) could be found in his own garden.

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