Monday, November 14th, 2011

JFK's Waffles, Adlai's Pie, Humphrey's Soup and 13 More Political Recipes

It's not every rummage sale at which you'll truly score, but this weekend I picked up a copy of Political Pot Luck: A Collection of Recipes from Men Only, published in 1959 by the Peninsular Publishing Company in Tallahassee. It was edited by Meg Madigan, whose father was a Florida state comptroller and lobbyist. And she went all out for the cookbook, from governors to senators to media barons. Some of them can cook. And others…. are just racists. Heh. Well, let's start with some good ones. For instance, it should be pointed out that John F. Kennedy's waffle recipe is pretty right on the money! And Mrs. Hubert Humphrey's beef soup is also a standout item.

One of the conceits of the book was "cracker cooking" and they sure don't mean Hubert Humphrey's beloved Saltines. So Spessard Holland's use of "cracker" here was not out of thin air; the former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator was a pro-tax Democrat who would have been using the term as an anti-Yankee (and anti-newcomer) badge of original Florida settler family pride.

Marvin Griffin was not only a great cook but also a total crook and an incredible racist and segregationist. Ta da! I'm surprised this recipe doesn't say "serve black people at a separate table."

No one talks about Estes Kefauver anymore but he was very nearly president and maybe should have been. Also that is too much sugar for a fruit pie.

Boom. Yes, Governor Collins, that is a perfect spoon bread recipe. (Governor Collins would go on to lose a U.S. Senate election because he was photographed with Martin Luther King Jr.—but he was only working! He wasn't actually marching in Selma, good heavens no. Still lost the election though.)

This recipe was written a few years before Paul Butler was deposed from the DNC by John Kennedy for not kissing enough Kennedy butt.

Probably we should all go read a history of how the Republican-led legislature of Michigan shut down the government in opposition to Governor Williams in the late 50s. Seems relevant!

Adlai Stevenson III II (WHATEVER, HISTORY IS COMPLICATED) was just the first to oppose the dreadful LaRouchites. Oh Lord, replace the Crisco with butter please.

Lo and behold, former Senator George Smathers knew how to cook a steak!

And State Supreme Court Justice Roberts was a real bragger.

In fancy places, we call the calamondin the calamansi. Nelson Poynter, founder of Congressional Quarterly and funder of the Poynter Institute, well… this one goes out to Jim Romenesko.

Who? Well, Claude Pepper was on the cover of Time… twice, and said crazy leftist things (for decades!) that would get you run out of D.C. on a rail these days.

Robert Meyner beat Malcolm Forbes for reelection in New Jersey. Malcolm Forbes! That would have been amazing. Then we would never have had Jim McGreevey.

We're just filing this one away for when we're trapped in the woods. Yow.

And then there always has to be a funny guy. Who… isn't. (Frank Trippett was however apparently an amazing reporter, so we'll… try to forgive this lapse.)

28 Comments / Post A Comment

jolie (#16)

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR YOU DID NOT!!!!!!!!!! (Also I talk about Estes Kefauver all the time?)

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Wait — a good crust needs both butter and shortening (or lard)…

jolie (#16)

@dntsqzthchrmn If I were you, I'd back slowly out of the comments section before Choire gets here and all hell breaks loose. You don't know what I'm talking about yet, but you will….

@dntsqzthchrmn *EXPLODES*

Haha. No no, you're safe here with us!

And soon you'll come to believe in the all-butter crust.

(JOLIE I HAVE A NEW STRATEGY. Now I grate half the frozen butter and chop the rest. I'M EATING PIE RIGHT NOW AND IT'S PERFECT. Okay thanks for this chat.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@Choire Sicha Really? No interest in leaf lard? Huh. Well, more for me.

jolie (#16)

@Choire Sicha Was it good for you too? *lights cigarette*

@Choire Sicha
Grate half and chop half! I can't see for the brilliance!

Nrbelex (#1,742)

Until step 4, I have no problem with Mr. Trippett's recipe.

barnhouse (#1,326)

I have got a very discouraging-sounding recipe for beaten biscuits that says you have to pound the dough for an hour or two with an iron in order to get the correct consistency. Even the author despairs of getting it right, quoting that poem by Howard Weeden (from Bandanna Ballads): "Rules don't no more make a cook than sermons make a Saint."

wb (#2,214)

@barnhouse Pepper's Beaten Biscuit recipe had me totally curious (how does one beat or break a dough??) but I am now appropriately discourage from trying it out.

God Bless Mr. Kefauver, but that is not a recipe. That is dumping fruit into a pre-made pie crust.

Also I am signing everything "With all good wishes, I am" forever.

hockeymom (#143)

"There's not a hell of a lot more you can say about chicken."

Sounds about right.

brent_cox (#40)

Yes, but who did you leave out? (It's possible, right?)

jolie (#16)

Also and oh ho ho ho, look at who loves history now.

Bittersweet (#765)

@jolie: Maybe because there's math involved?

What, no hot dish? COME ON.

BadUncle (#153)

@Clarence Rosario That's an exotic way of saying "Casserole," right?

SeanP (#4,058)

@Clarence Rosario Hubert Humphrey needs to step up his game.

wb (#2,214)

Senator George Smathers' steak recipe is short about 500 fucks.

zidaane (#373)

The Shrimp Curry is particularly revolting.

joeks (#5,805)

@zidaane Seriously, rice and hardboiled eggs and curry sauce? Wha?

Also when does anyone ever use a teaspoon of chopped onion for anything.

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

Man, I thought that said Waffle Pie and I was all FUCK. YEAH.

speedyt (#178,238)

I cannot believe the OVERSIGHT! You forgot Jimmy Carter's Plains Special Cheese Ring.

It HAD to be in the book. It is the MOST IMPORTANT CHEESE RING of ALLTIME.

BadUncle (#153)

I distrust a "cookbook" without any illustration.

HR Mitchell@twitter (#179,033)

@BadUncle What do you mean without illustrations? Did you not see the recipe for Pine Bark Stew? :)

Frank Trippett: alive and kicking even today

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