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February - Favorite Foods of Political Figures 
Mar. 12, 2013 2:52 pm 
Updated: Mar. 18, 2013 3:44 pm
March's Theme:  Since 3/26 is "Make Your Own Holiday Day," the theme for March is to try a recipe that includes an ingredient that is so good, you think it deserves its own holiday.  Don't forget to email a pic/review to armonthlychallenge@gmail.com by March 31.
February’s Theme:  In honor of President’s Day in the USA, research a favorite food of someone who is (or has been) in political power (from any country).

Cook:  BigShotsMom (& her 9 yr. old niece)
Politician: James Buchanan (former President of USA)
Recipe:  Confederate Pudding (made w/ Merrilee’s Honey of an Oatmeal Bread)
BigShotsMom's Confederate Pudding

BigShotsMom's Confederate Pudding

BigShotsMom’s Review:
This is a simple bread and butter pudding with the addition of preserves. (Note: when I Googled Confederate Pudding the recipes I pulled were completely different, but we were already committed.)  We started by making a loaf of Honey of an Oatmeal Bread from Merrilee, then followed the recipe and added Raspberry Preserves, which we had made last year.  Once it cooled, we topped it with Hard Sauce, also an AR recipe.  We had fun and both learned something new.
            The Confederate Pudding...was a bit of a disappointment to me.  The whole wasn't as good as the individual parts.  I've made the bread before and it is really good, the preserves are really good even if that is bragging, and the rest was just butter and milk with a bit of vanilla extract.  Somehow, all together they baked up kind of bland.  The Hard Sauce helped, but overall, to me it was too many calories, not enough taste.  However, the 9 year old who was in charge of most of the work after I sliced the bread, thought it was the culinary coup of the year and was quite proud that we took pictures for her to share.  In that sense, it was a huge success!

Cook:  Cat Hill
Politician: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (former President of USA)
Recipe:  Welsh Rarebit

Cat Hill's Welsh Rarebit
Welsh Rarebit

¼ cup margarine or butter, I used butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp dry mustard
¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup milk
½ cup beer or medium white wine
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
4 slices toast

Heat margarine in saucepan over low heat until melted. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Cook over low heat stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Gradually add beer; stir in cheese. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted. Serve over toast.

Cat Hill’s Review:
When Jacolyn posted her February challenge, I thought “Yeah, I can do this!” Making a presidential favorite recipe has rather a special connection for me. Starting with my paternal great grandfather, their middle names had been chosen from a President. My grandfather’s Jackson and my father’s was Cleveland. I continued the tradition with my son‘s, Grant. It was a way to feel closer to my father who passed while I was pregnant with him. The last grandchild my father never met and didn’t even know was on the way. I didn’t find any recipes associated with those presidents that I wanted to try so I kept reading. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was my pick. His liking of kippers for breakfast caught my eye but it was his Sunday evening meal of Welsh Rabbit that was a must try for me.  I’d heard of this recipe for a long time but never had it. Same as grilled cheese right? I looked at AR’s list of recipes and decided to check with my old stand by, Betty Crocker. The recipe I used is from my ‘80’s cookbook not my mother’s ‘56 version. AR has a version almost identical to the recipe I used with the exception of 2 drops of hot sauce.
           All the differing versions of this recipe made me quite curious about its origins. What would really make an “authentic” Welsh Rarebit? I also checked a Welsh site http://www.welshholidaycottages.co/food/welsh-rarebit.htm< , to see what they had to say. The oldest recipe I checked was from 1840. Worcestershire sauce was invented in 1837 so it makes sense not everyone would have used it. President Roosevelt was born in 1882 so I would imagine the recipe would have been fairly common to serve instead of meat. As to the name, well, some say it’s because of the Welshman’s inability to catch a rabbit so he had to settle for cheese and bread. Or it’s called Rarebit because “rare” means little cooked and bit for small portion.
 For ingredients most agreed robust bread is best and all agreed that a strong or sharp cheese is a must. Butter, egg, dry mustard and Worcestershire vary from recipe to recipe. Flour seems to have come later also. The liquid varies as well. Stout, cider, milk, port and dry white wine all popped up along my search. All agreed the cheese is cooked first and then added to toast. The Welsh site toasted their bread on one side, poured the cheese on the soft bread side and broiled it. They also used less flour and liquid.
I used beer, extra sharp cheddar and slices of whole-wheat baguette toasted on both sides. I did broil one slice with my sauce. Did I like it? OH YES! The flavor is sooooo good! The sauce and the bread are perfect together. I tried the Welsh version too because I thought Betty’s version just a little runny. I still really liked it because my leftover sauce made killer mac & cheese. I think I will stick with Betty’s version and use a little less liquid next time. I see this recipe replacing my grilled cheese sandwiches because it tastes so good with tomato soup. A nice ripe tomato slice topping it would make for a lovely summer meal!
Cook:  CliffG
Politician: Sir John A Macdonald (1st Canadian Prime Minister serving from 10/17/1878 - 6/6/1891)
Recipe:  Canadian Butter Tarts
CliffG's Canadian Butter Tarts

CliffG's Canadian Butter Tarts

CliffG’s Review: 
5-Star  Easy to prepare, not too sweet, used both pecans and raisins, definitely a keeper and will make again!
Cook:  Jacolyn
Politician: Laura Bush (former First Lady of the USA)
Recipe:  Laura Bush’s Hot Chocolate
Jacolyn's Hot Chocolate

Jacolyn’s Review:
Creamy, chocolatey, and delicious!  The flavors (cinnamon, vanilla, orange, cocoa, cream) work well together!  I made this for a snowy night and was very happy with the results! Yum!

Cook:  Lela
Politician 1: Gerald & Betty Ford (Gerald - 38th President of the USA from 1974-1977; Betty – known for raising breast cancer awareness, among other things)
Recipe 1:  Gerald & Betty Ford’s Blu’ Nana Bread
Lela's Blu' Nana Bread

Lela’s Review:
Betty Ford's recipe is a keeper. Betty Ford's blueberry banana bread was moist and delicious. The combination of blueberries and bananas definitely makes this bread worth making again. My family is not particular fond of allspice, so I would make this bread with these changes: 1/2 tsp. of allspice and 2 and 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon for two loaves. The recipe stated to bake for 50 minutes. The banana bread took 60 minutes in my oven.  I had to tent the banana bread to prevent the loaf from becoming too dark for the last 10 minutes. 

Politician 2: Jackie Kennedy (former First Lady of the USA; fashion icon in the 60s; spent more on fashionable clothes than her husband earned as President; sophisticated & beautiful; many women emulated her style by wearing multiple layers of pearls)
Recipe 2:  Jackie Kennedy’s Beef Stroganoff
Lela's Beef Stroganoff

Lela’s Review:
Jackie's Beef Stogranoff recipe, although promising, lacked flavor. It would be better if creme francais was used instead of sour cream. It also needs some spices besides salt and pepper. If I make this recipe again, I would add 2 crushed garlic cloves, parsley and increase the grated onion to 1/2 cup.  After I made the Stroganoff, I found a similar recipe. This version included more spices.
Mar. 12, 2013 4:18 pm
This was a great idea for a blog series and my niece and I are in for March.
Mar. 12, 2013 4:35 pm
Please note I went to extreme pain to make sure the small butter tarts looked as they did in the 1800`s. lol
Mar. 12, 2013 4:37 pm
Good job , again ! Love reading this blog , and looking forward to next months !!
Mar. 12, 2013 7:48 pm
I love this idea! Sorry I missed last month's. I am actually related to John/John Quincy Adams and would have loved to make some apple pan dowdy or something. Will try to come up with something for this month though, thanks for doing this!
Mar. 13, 2013 6:09 am
BigShotsMom, I am happy you enjoyed it. Can't wait to see your photos for March!
Mar. 13, 2013 6:12 am
Cliff G, those butter tarts looked really good! I have never actually had one before, but I think I'm going to try that recipe.
Mar. 13, 2013 6:29 am
Thank you, lumpygravy! Now, if I can just figure out what went wrong with the html code next to the sources. :)
Mar. 13, 2013 6:50 am
AZ93, hope you can join in this month! I really enjoy seeing all the interesting foods that people find. And they always look good!
Mar. 13, 2013 7:21 am
Great Job Jacolyn. The hot chocolate sounds really good! To fix the html codes the only way I could do that is to fix it in the original blog, Try backspacing to remove extra spaces in the original blog to remove the code. It only shows up on the AR blog. I have had this happen to me.
Mar. 13, 2013 7:51 am
Thanks again, Lela!
Mar. 13, 2013 8:43 am
It all looks great.
Mar. 13, 2013 8:48 am
Thank you, Sherri! Had fun again!
Mar. 13, 2013 12:52 pm
Fantastic job on the blog, Jacolyn! This was so much fun because I never get to play in the AR games here :) I found a recipe that is a keeper and it was so much fun looking at the other recipes. Again great job!
Mar. 14, 2013 5:42 am
What a neat idea Jacolyn! My favorite chili recipe is former Senator Goldwater's Fine Chili. I have made it at least 100 times and it is the winner it was purported to be at the Capitol chili cook-off.
Mar. 14, 2013 6:52 am
Thanks, Cat Hill, I hope you can participate in this month's as well. I am having a lot of fun!
Mar. 14, 2013 6:54 am
Hi, mauigirl, I just looked up that chili, and it looks delicious! I will have to try it some time.
Mar. 14, 2013 10:55 am
Nice blog! Now I need to plan on getting in on the action for March. "an ingredient that is so good, you think it deserves its own holiday." Hmmm - I will have to give this some thought. I have so many favorites it is hard to pick just one!
Mar. 14, 2013 12:52 pm
Thank you, BN, can't wait to see what you cook up for March!
Mar. 14, 2013 1:05 pm
Jacolyn, the problem is which ingredient would be my top one for a holiday? Chocolate? Homegrown tomatoes, peas or corn. There are so many and then which recipe? LOL! Nothing is coming to me! Even if I don't get it figured out, your challenges are great to read about!
Mar. 15, 2013 6:53 am
Lol. Cat Hill, it's a hard decision, I know! You don't have to participate. It's just as fun to see what other people are doing.
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