Wednesday, January 7, 2015

1789: The First US Presidential Election Takes Place

Today in History:
1789: The First US Presidential Election Takes Place

One key element was missing from this election that makes voting a national event today. » http://abt.cm/14s7pyV
Question: How did George Washington get elected to be the first president?
Answer: There was no popular vote in the election of 1789. Instead, the electoral college chose from a group of candidates. Each college member cast two votes with the candidate receiving the most votes becoming president and the runner-up becoming vice-president. George Washington was elected unanimously receiving all sixty-nine electoral votes. John Adams came in second and became the first Vice-President.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Thomas Jefferson's Jambalaya

Thomas Jefferson's Jambalaya
President Jefferson requested this dish frequently.

1 tablespoon shortening
1 pound ham or pork sausage
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon flour
3 cups shrimp, peeled, cleaned and cooked
1 large onion, sliced
3 cups tomatoes, skinned, seeded and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons parsley
2 cups long grained rice
4 cups water
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper

Melt shortening in a large fry pan. Cut ham or pork into 1/2 inch cubes and add to shortening, stir for 1 minute and add green pepper ; cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.

Stir in flour until smooth and cook 1 to 2 minutes.

Add shrimp, onion, tomatoes, garlic and parsley. Cook until it starts to boil, stir in rice and 4 cups water, salt, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper; cover tightly and cook for 30 minutes or until rice is tender and all liquid is absorbed.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
* Posted by artsycook at recipegoldmine.com

Rose Kennedy's Cake [Mother of President John Kennedy]

Rose Kennedy's Cake [Mother of President John Kennedy]

Cake:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking soda (add last)
Pinch of salt
1 can crushed pineapple with juice
1 1/2 cups crushed walnuts

Cream Cheese Icing:
8 ounces Cool Whip
8 ounces cream cheese
1 stick margarine
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cups walnuts, chopped

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Break eggs into mixer bowl. Add sugar, flour and salt; mix well. Add vanilla extract, pineapple and walnuts; mix well.

Grease and flour an 11 x 17-inch pan.

Add baking soda to mixture and pour in pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely before icing.

Icing: Melt margarine. Put margarine, cream cheese and Cool Whip in bowl; mix well. Add nuts. Add sugar and mix well. Pour over cake. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
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Rosalyn Carter's Chicken Supreme

Rosalyn Carter's Chicken Supreme

1 egg
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 large half chicken breasts, boned, or 1 whole chicken, cut up
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup brandy
1/2 cup red wine
1 (4 ounce) jar sliced mushrooms (optional)

Beat egg with milk in a pie plate. Mix bread crumbs and seasonings in another dish. Dip chicken pieces into egg mixture, then into bread crumbs. Coat generously. Brown slowly in melted butter, one part at a time, in a large skillet. Place browned pieces in a large baking dish or casserole dish.

Stir flour into drippings in the pan in which chicken was browned, then stir in chicken broth. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils (about one minute). Stir in brandy and wine. Add mushrooms. Pour over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until chicken is tender.
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President Reagan's Favorite Homemade Chili

President Reagan's Favorite Homemade Chili

Source: As prepared by White House Executive Chef Henry Haller

1/2 cup bacon drippings
2 cups chopped onions
4 chopped garlic cloves
2 pounds coarsely ground beef
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 cups red wine (optional)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon beef base
4 cups canned whole tomatoes, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
4 to 6 cups cooked pinto beans

Using a 1 1/2-gallon heavy pot, melt bacon drippings. When hot, sauté onions and garlic cloves. Add ground beef and chili powder. Stir until meat is well browned. Add red wine (optional). Add salt, beef base, tomatoes, bay leaf and sugar. Simmer chili meat, covered, for 20 minutes, stirring often.

Add pinto beans to the meat. Simmer chili con carne for 1 hour, covered over low heat, stirring gently from time to time. Test for flavor.

Yields 16 servings.

President Ronald Reagan's Corned Beef Hash in Bell Peppers

President Ronald Reagan's Corned Beef Hash in Bell Peppers

3 medium potatoes, cooked
1 large onion, diced
3 medium tomatoes
1 can corned beef
4 bell peppers
4 eggs
Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Brown onions and potatoes in oil. Add tomatoes, corned beef, salt, pepper andenough warm water to keep from burning. Simmer for 20 minutes. Cut off the tops of the bell peppers. Clean out seeds and remove center core. Parboil in salted water until tender limp. Drain. Fill peppers almost to the top with corned beef mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Five minutes before serving, drop raw egg in top of each pepper. Return to the oven until egg has set.
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Mary Todd Lincoln's Vanilla-Almond Cake

Mary Todd Lincoln's Vanilla-Almond Cake

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/3 cups milk
1 cup almonds, finely chopped
6 egg whites, stiffly beaten
White Frosting

Cream together sugar, butter, and vanilla extract.

Stir together the cake flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in almonds. Gently fold in the egg whites. Pour into two greased and lightly floured 9 x 1 1/2-inch round baking pans. Bake at 375 degrees F for 28 to 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Fill and frost with White Frosting.

White Frosting: In a saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar and dash salt. Bring mixture to boiling, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

In mixing bowl place 2 egg whites; very slowly pour the hot sugar syrup over, beating constantly with electric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
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