The Best Recipes of Famous Public Figures That Will Surprise You

Published: March 10, 2014

What do the powerful and elite people serve at mealtime? Do they feast on caviar, standing rib roasts and cocktails? Or, do they eat more realistically? As you will see, most of the time even wealthy and powerful figures feast on traditional fare, health foods or something appropriate for the region in which they are living. 

  1. President Lyndon B. Johnson

    President Johnson loved Fried Apple Pie Turnovers. His Apple Pie Turnovers were made from dried apples and a rolled pie crust cut into 4 inch circles. It takes 1 pound of dried apples, 4 sticks of butter, 1 pound of sugar (4 cups), 1/2 cup seed free sliced orange and 1/4 of a lemon put into a large pot and covered with water that you simmer over medium to low heat until tender. Spoon the filling onto the crust circles that you have prepared and deep fry in one inch or more of cooking oil until brown. The best thing about this treat is that it can even be made by campers due to the dried fruit and other stable ingredients used to make it.

  2. The Nixon's: Mrs. Nixon's Continental Salad with Sesame Seed Dressing

    Mrs. Nixon's continental salad with Sesame seed dressing and classic meat loaf with ground beef as the sole meat used were standard fare even in office and the salad appears cookbooks as a most requested recipe.

    3 ounce package of lemon gelatin, grapefruit juice in the amount of 1.5 cups, 16 ounce can drained diced beets, 1/2 cup celery,3 ounce cream cheese 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 Tb. grapefruit juice, 1 Tb. sesame seeds. Prepare the gelatin with the grapefruit juice using the box's directions while adding 1/2 cup of beet juice to make te two cups of liquid called for. Chill a little while until this gels slightly and add the beets and celery before pouring into your gelatin dish or mold. Mix the mayonnaise, cream cheese, 1 Tb. grapefruit juice and sesame seeds for the topping. Chill both serveral hours until the gelatin is completely firm. Put the dressing on the gelatin to serve. This recipe is the best of the Nixon's publicized recipes because it is packed with vitamins and other key nutrients.


  3. Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter's Grits

    This much talked about President was know for his deep Southern roots. He and Rosalyn displayed these in their speech and in their cuisine. One of the most admired and riveted dishes were the morning grits. Grits are a breakfast dish in the deep south and it so happens that when the president had foreign guests they were expecting, as one of thier trip's highlights, to sample these grits. This is the best as it is the simplests to prepare dish here to honor the presidents as to what they ate when they were in office.

  4. Gerald Ford's German Apple Pancake

    This recipe is best because it includes your 'one apple a day' health staple for 'keeping the doctor away.' It is also high in proteins with three eggs. It is prepared with three eggs, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of flour, 1 large peeled and cored McIntosh apple, 4 Tb. butter, 4 Tb. sugar and on tsp. of cinnamon. Mix the milk, flour and eggs with a pinch of salt. Melt the butter in an oven proof skillet. Slice the apple thinly into a bowl and sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar. Put the apples in the skillet with the butter. Leaving the heat on medium add the flour and milk mixture. Brown the bottom slightly and then transfer this to the oven to finish browing and puffing on the top. 

  5. John Quincy Adams' Baptist Cakes

    Baptist Cakes are also known as Johnny Cakes are little cornmeal pancakes that you can serve the same way you would pancakes or with simply butter much like you would serve a bread on the side at any meal. You will mix one cup of cornmeal, 1 cup of water, 1/2 a cup of milk and some bacon drippings. Put the cornmeal in a glass or metal bowl and heat the 11 cup of water in a heavy skillet. When the water boils slowly stir it into the cornmeal. After this thickens the cornmeal add the milk. Next, put the bacon drippings, about 1 Tb. into the heavy skillet that you have meanwhile dried. Fry the cakes until brown. The Baptist Cakes are best to add a religious flare to your meal.

  6. Dolley Madison's Apricot Ice Cream

    Dolley Madison was the wife of James Madison, her culinary skills included the making of ice cream in the freezer after cooking a mixture of cream and in this case fruit. For the Apricot Ice Cream add six ounces of sugar to twelve pitted apricots that have been mashed. Add one pint of scalding cream. Put in a freezer safe dish and cover before putting in the bed of ice and salt. When the edges are beginning to thicken, stir it. Keeping the closed container in a bed of ice and salt, freeze again until thick. Repeat with a new tub of ice and salt and let this set five hours.

If you want your menu to set you apart from the crowd next the next time you host a get together, you could include something from the above list. These historical characters could get the conversation flowing. These are also good for a salute to a political holiday or an election that is going on in this current year. The best item on this list is the salad by Mrs. NIxon as it has the most nutritional value.