More from Ike the Cook

January 31, 2017

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Can’t help it; in these fraught times, the notion of a President and General who loved to cook is so appealing that I keep going back to the book. ┬áHere’s the President, at Camp David, making breakfast for the staff.

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Ike obviously liked cooking for crowds; the following recipe feeds sixty. I love the straightforward quality of the ingredients; note that it calls for a roux made with marrow bone fat.

FullSizeRender (19)Turns out that Ike didn’t just cook; he was also a rancher and gardener. ┬áHere’s Mamie in the corn.

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A few more of Ike’s no-nonsense recipes:

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  • Patti Lynch says:

    I really enjoyed these emails. I never knew that he did all the cooking! So cool! My husband is a big history buff. I will have to share this with him – maybe it will motivate him to want to cook more for me! Thanks Ruth!

  • Greg says:

    Interesting, diverting aside showing a bit of political kindness.

  • MaggieToo says:

    My knee-jerk cynical reaction was to assume this was just a p.r. job, but the little detail of him knowing to use his apron as a hot-pad makes me believe he actually knew what he was doing. Can you imagine any modern president cooking for the staff at Camp David? But the guy who implemented D-day had nothing to prove in the toughness department.

    This makes me nostalgic for a time I didn’t even live through. My parents were Adlai people too, but in retrospect Ike is looking mighty good.

  • What a great story and good recipes too.
    Merilee in St. Pete