In 1953, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) started the now-traditional ritual of hosting a luncheon for the incoming President and Vice President.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower enjoyed tremendous public recognition because of his role as Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe. Any man who could keep the troops on target probably could do the same for the country, or so people figured. Under Eisenhower, the U.S. interstate highway system matured, as did the space program.
And so he added president of the United States to his long list of achievements.
Olives, Radishes, and Tomato Juice
Creamed Chicken in Patty Shell
Baked Sugar-Cured Ham
New Peas in Butter
Ice Cream Sundaes
And to think that the only words of French here are “Petit Fours.” Though since it’s plural, it should read “Petits Fours.”
However, he couldn’t resist one of Mamie’s stand-by recipes …
MAMIE’S MILLION DOLLAR FUDGE
4 ½ cups sugar
Pinch of salt
2 T. butter
1 14-z.can evaporated milk (the original recipe calls for one “tall” can)
Boil 6 minutes to form syrup.
Place all the following ingredients in a large bowl:
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate (you can use chips)
12 oz. German sweet chocolate
1 pint marshmallow cream
2 cups walnuts
Pour boiling syrup over ingredients in the bowl. Beat until all chocolate melts. Pour mixture into a lightly greased pan [9 X 12 — size not given in original recipe]. Let fudge stand for a few hours before cutting. Store in old-fashioned air-tight metal tins or plastic containers.
2 c. cold mashed potatoes
1 egg, beaten
3 T. flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 c grated Cheddar cheese
fine dry bread crumbs
Combine potatoes, egg, flour, salt, pepper, and cheese. Shape into walnut-sized balls and roll in crumbs. Place potato puffs in a single layer in fry basket (or just use a slotted metal spoon). Fry for 3 minutes or until brown. Lift out of the oil via the basket or slotted spoon and drain. Serve hot. In other words, serve immediately!
© 2008 C. Bertelsen