Independence Day is an occasion for celebration, and we tend to spend it the same way each year – with friends and family, eating the sort of food reserved for warm summer days and cookouts in the backyard. And although hamburgers, potato salad and apple pie rank high on our Independence Day menus, why not try something new this time around? Perhaps, some classic dishes straight from our nation’s capital?
To spice up your Fourth of July menu, consider adding these to your picnic table:
- Senate Bean Soup – Although no one knows when the mandate occurred, this soup is a daily staple on the Senate’s restaurant menu. While the original recipe – which makes a whopping five gallons of soup – includes a quart of mashed potatoes, the updated version opts for a single braised onion instead. The recipe can be found at senate.gov.
- Mamie Eisenhower’s Million Dollar Fudge – Ike Eisenhower, Mamie’s husband and former U.S. president, named and often enjoyed this mouthwatering treat, brimming with pecans, marshmallow crème and sweet German chocolate. The recipe was printed in newspapers and magazines throughout the 1950s, earning it fans across the country. This recipe is available on foodnetwork.com.
- Bess Truman’s Mac and Cheese – Former First Lady Bess Truman’s Midwestern-style recipes often require an appreciation for hearty down-home cooking, and sometimes a ready supply of Pepto-Bismol. This dish, for instance, calls for two cups of milk, two cups of cheddar cheese and just one cup of pasta. Although time intensive to make, Bess’ decadent mac and cheese is sure to satiate even the most ravenous dinner guest. This and other historical recipes can be unearthed at americantable.org.
I hope you share food and fun with the ones you love, and honor those who fought for our independence.
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