A look into the history of First Family Thanksgivings reveals how even in the most American household, traditional dinners can come in many forms. Washington Post recounts some of the notable White House customs under recent administrations, starting with the Obama household, where homegrown kale and fennel are made into a salad with marcona almonds and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Franklin D. Roosevelt had zero qualms about requesting a menu where fat was added upon fat. Rivaling some of Paula Deen’s more butter-saturated recipes, “the Roosevelts’ Thanksgiving chestnut stuffing recipe called for roasting the nuts in ‘fat’ (though it doesn’t say what kind), sauteing celery and onions in bacon fat, then tossing it all in melted butter: an artery-clogging trifecta.”
Ronald and Nancy Reagan, in contrast, were more about mealtime logistics. The couple expected guests to show up to their Santa Barbara ranch for dinner at 5 p.m. on the dot. After dinner at 6 p.m., coffee and dessert was served, and guests were expected to leave by 8 p.m. Sounds like a recipe for indigestion.
[via Washington Post]