March 28, 2012

First faves: Cherries, by George!

By Meredith Goad
Staff Writer

Not all presidents could be considered foodies.

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President Washington enjoyed fish and hazelnuts as well as cherries.

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President Nixon was so fond of yogurt that he had it flown in daily from California.

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Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman were known for picking at their food and viewing it more as fuel for the body than as a source of pleasure.

Most presidents, however, had at least one or two favorite foods they ate while they were in the White House:

GEORGE WASHINGTON -- Fish, hazelnuts, and, yes -- cherries.

THOMAS JEFFERSON -- Sweet corn and macaroni and cheese.

ANDREW JACKSON -- Leg of lamb and lamb chops (preferably with rosemary), rabbit, fried apple pies and "leather britches" -- green beans cooked with water and bacon.


WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON -- Hard cider and burgoo (squirrel stew).

JAMES POLK -- Ham, corn pone and tomato omelet.

ULYSSES S. GRANT -- Rice pudding.

JAMES GARFIELD -- Squirrel soup, soda bread, mashed potatoes, parsnips and apple pie.

CHESTER ARTHUR -- Mutton chops with a glass of ale, and rare roast beef with hot baked potatoes.

TEDDY ROOSEVELT -- Steak, fried chicken, hominy and cookies. Roosevelt had a big sweet tooth, and typically put seven lumps of sugar in his coffee. He also loved Hu-Kwa and Caravan teas.

WOODROW WILSON -- Chicken salad and strawberry ice cream.

WARREN G. HARDING -- Knockwurst and sauerkraut.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT -- He fed hot dogs to the king and queen of England. The king asked for seconds.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER -- Beef stew, prune whip, English rice pudding, roast and stuffed breast of veal.

JOHN F. KENNEDY -- New England fish chowder, corn muffins and lamb chops.

LYNDON B. JOHNSON -- Chipped beef covered in cream, beef stroganoff, hot biscuits, spinach and tapioca pudding. He was a buttermilk addict.

RICHARD NIXON -- Cottage cheese, meatloaf and California fruits such as avocado. Nixon's favorite breakfast, according to the Nixon Library and Museum, was cottage cheese garnished with ketchup and/or black pepper, fresh fruit, wheat germ and coffee. Nixon loved yogurt so much, he had it flown in daily from California.

GERALD FORD -- Waffles with strawberries and sour cream, German apple pancakes and fresh strawberries.

JIMMY CARTER -- Chicken, grits and eggplant.

RONALD REAGAN -- Broiled swordfish with lemon butter.

GEORGE W. BUSH -- Huevos rancheros, warm biscuits, and peanut butter and honey sandwiches.

Staff Writer Meredith Goad can be contacted at 791-6332 or at:

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President Theodore Roosevelt typically put seven lumps of sugar in his coffee.

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