President Harry S. Truman found himself on the slimming end of things in 1946. The New York Times reported that Truman’s menus seemed a bit austere and quoted White House housekeeper, Mrs. Mary E. Sharpe, as saying “When I make up menus I keep it in mind.” “It” being President’s Truman’s ongoing battle of the waistline.
Of course, poor Harry got a bit of reprieve (but not much, from the looks of it) on Thanksgiving), like the turkeys all presidents “pardon” these days. Where are the mashed potatoes, for goodness sake???
Curled Celery and Olives
Roast Stuffed Turkey
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Cauliflower au Gratin
Orange and Cress Salad
Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream
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Great photo, Cindy.
He still has stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, buttered vegetables, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream–so not really a low cal meal. :)
Our family never has mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving. I can’t remember my mom making mashed potatoes at other times either. Husband’s family always had mashed potatoes and that green bean casserole. Happy Thanksgiving!
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