Wednesday, February 22, 2012

President Cookies Part II

Today, I am featuring Thomas Jefferson's cookie of choice!

All the info was gleaned from the cookbook, "Presidential Cookies." by Bev Young

Jefferson apparently enjoyed macaroons. This recipe is an updated recipe for macaroons using sweet coconut.

4 cups sweetened flaked coconut (14 oz. package)
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp salt

Combine all the ingredients in your Bosch mixing bowl. Drop in teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Shape the cookies into a round little hills.

Bake 350 degrees for 9-12 minutes until tops and bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on parchment paper.

Makes about 3 doz.

So what are some fun facts about Jefferson and his entertaining at the White House?

"President Thomas Jefferson was renowned for lavish entertaining both at the White House and his home, Monticello. He held the first inaugural open house in 1805. Many people who had attended the swearing-in ceremony at the United States Capitol followed him to the White House, where he entertained them in the Blue Room. As it had done at Jefferson's first inauguration, the United States Marine Band performed its versatile repertoire of bright marches and patriotic music. Jefferson designated the band 'The President' Own.' It has played regularly at the presidential inaugurations and exclusively for White House events ever since.

A widower, Jefferson hosted executive galas with help from his daughters, Martha and Mary. On some occasions, he also called on Dolley Madison to step in as White House hostess.

In a democratic spirit, Jefferson welcomed the public to annual receptions on New Year's Day and on the Fourth of July. He also opened the 'People's House,' as he called the White House, for public tours, replacing the formal presidential bow with a simple handshake when greeting visitors.

Jefferson's presidential dinners gained notoriety for their opulence and abundance. These scrumptious meals were often capped off by many desserts. Jefferson served meringues, macaroons, quaking jellies, and flummery, a popular custard of his era. He also introduced his guest to tantalizing desserts he had sampled in Europe, such as blanc-mange and creme brulee.

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