A Tribute to Presidents' Day

Eat Like YOU Live in the White House!

In celebration of Presidents’ Day, we are presenting some historical White House recipes, adapted for the kosher eater. Enjoy!

Chicken in White Wine

According to legend, Jacqueline Kennedy used this recipe for state dinners
Adapted from www.Food.com

4 tablespoons parve margarine
¼ lb smoked turkey
1 large onions, chopped
1 carrots, sliced
1 clove minced garlic
2 minced shallots
8 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1-teaspoon marjoram
1 bay leaf
1/2-teaspoon thyme
1 pinch salt, 1 pinch pepper
2 cups dry white wine
3/4 lb sliced mushrooms

Melt margarine in an ovenproof casserole; add turkey, onions, carrots, garlic, and shallots. Brown lightly.
Remove veggies, and brown the chicken in the remaining juices.
Remove the chicken, add the wine and seasonings, and stir to incorporate all the little brown bits in the pan.
Put the chicken back in, turn to low, and simmer for 40 minutes with lid OFF.  

Remove chicken from pan. Lightly sauté mushrooms. Remove.  Whisk in flour until sauce is thickened and bubbly.
Combine all ingredients and simmer for 10 more minutes.
Keep warm in low oven.

Melania Trump's Star Cookies
Melania star cookies 2

Originally shared by Family Circle magazine. Inspired by European butter cookies.
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar 
2 egg yolks 
1 egg white 
2 tbsp sour cream

Combine flour and baking soda. Set aside.
Beat butter and sugar until blended. Add egg yolks, egg white and sour cream. Beat until smooth.
Beat in flour mixture until dough just comes together. Form into 2 disks, wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 350°. Roll out one disk on liberally floured surface with a floured rolling pin to 1/8-inch thickness.
Using a 2 1/2-inch star cutter, cut out star shapes and place on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with second disk. Gather up scraps, form into a disk and refrigerate.
• Bake 10 minutes per batch, until lightly golden. Slide cookies onto a cooling rack and cool.
• Re-roll scraps, cut out additional stars or just enjoy and bake.  
Yield about 4 dozen 


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Michelle Obama's Cauliflower Mac and Cheese 

(From American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America by Michelle Obama) 

1/2 pound whole-wheat penne pasta
1/4 head cauliflower, cut into florets
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup 1 percent or 2 percent milk 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
1 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil, add the cauliflower and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until soft. Drain. Place the cauliflower in a blender and puree.
In a medium pan over medium heat, place the pasta, the cauliflower puree, the cheeses and the milk. Stir gently to combine and continue stirring until the cheese is melted.
Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the mac and cheese and serve immediately.

Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies RecipeChewy, Texas-sized oatmeal cookies stuffed with nuts and chocolate chips, enhanced with a hint of cinnamon.
Adapted from Good Morning America

3 cups all-purpose flour
1-tablespoon baking powder
1-tablespoon baking soda
1-tablespoon ground cinnamon
1-teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups butter (at room temperature)
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
3 large eggs
1-tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened flake coconut
2 cups chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl. In 8-quart bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars; beat to combine, 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans. For each cookie, drop about 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake for 17 to 19 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through. Remove cookies from rack to cool. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Million Dollar Fudge by Mamie Eisenhower

Adapted from a 1955 Women’s National Press Club publication

4 1/2 cups sugar
Pinch of salt
2 Tablespoons butter

1 tall can evaporated milk
Boil above ingredients for six minutes on low.

In a large bowl combine:
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate and 12 ounces German sweet chocolate
1 pint marshmallow cream

2 cups chopped nuts
Pour boiling syrup over ingredients in bowl: beat until chocolate is all melted and pour into a 9x13 parchment lined pan. Let stand at room temperature a few hours before cutting.  Store in tin box.

Thomas Jefferson

President Thomas Jefferson enjoyed both gourmet foods and gardening!
Visit Monticello.org, to find various recipes from the Jefferson Presidency, including the Jefferson family’s homemade ice cream.

Chicken Country Captain

A favorite of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The favorite entree of President Franklin Roosevelt, introduced to him by his cook at his vacation home in Warm Springs, Georgia.
This dish is known throughout Georgia and much of the southern United States, and dates to the early 1800s.

1 frying chicken cut in pieces
1/2 c flour
salt and ground pepper, to taste
4 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 c finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic
3/4 c finely chopped green pepper
1 c sliced mushrooms
1/2 c raisins
1 tbsp curry powder 

1 tsp thyme
2 c chopped canned tomatoes
1/2 c toasted, slivered almonds

Dredge chicken in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Shake off excess. Heat oil in a heavy skillet large enough to hold 
chicken in one layer, or cook in batches. Brown chicken on all sides; 
remove from pan.

To the skillet, add onion, garlic, peppers, mushrooms, raisins, curry 
powder, and thyme, stirring until vegetables are wilted. Add tomatoes 
and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, stirring, and add 
chicken pieces, skin side up. Cover and cook until chicken is cooked 
thoroughly, about 30 minutes. Serve with cooked rice, toasted almonds, 
and chutney on the side.

Bess Truman's Frozen Lemon Pie

Calamondin (or Lemon) Pie with Fat-free Oatmeal Cookie Crust

Adapted from The Truman Library files

2 pasteurized eggs, separated
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 cup whipped cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup crumbled graham crackers

Beat egg yolks. Add lemon juice, rind and all, with two tablespoons of sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Cool. Beat egg whites, add two more tablespoons of the sugar, fold into cooked mixture; then fold in whipped cream. Line greased pie or refrigerator pan with graham cracker crumbs. Save some to sprinkle on top. Pour filling into pan and freeze. Serves 4-6.

Abraham Lincoln’s PECAN PIE

Pecan Pie V RecipeAdapted from Internet sources

1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
1 ½ cups broken pecan meats
1 cup dark corn syrup
¾ cup sugar
½ cup butter, softened
3 large eggs, stirred
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the dark corn syrup and the lightly beaten eggs. Add the pecans and the vanilla. Blend together well and pour into pie shell. Bake at 400 degrees 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in filling comes out clean.    

Nancy Reagan's Onion Wine Soup

Adapted from www.cdkitchen.com

4 tablespoons parve margarine
5 large onions, chopped
5 cups beef broth
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 large potato, peeled and chopped
1 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup parve creamer such as coffee rich, Mimic Crème or soy milk
1 teaspoon minced parsley

Melt margarine in large saucepan. Add chopped onions and gently sauté (about 10 minutes). Add beef broth, celery and potato. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Puree mixture in a blender. Return to saucepan and add wine, vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in parve cream, parsley and pepper to taste. Gently heat and serve.

For a dairy version, use, use parve vegetable broth, dairy cream and butter


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