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Nixon: Ketchup on cottage cheese

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Last weekend we celebrated Richard Nixon's birthday. His actual birthday was Jan. 9, but as with all birthdays, I'm reserving the right to postpone presidential birthday celebrations until the weekend.

According to The Food Timeline, President Nixon was very fond of his wife's meatloaf and they ate it at least once a month. The site gives a recipe for "Pat's Meatloaf." I'm hesitant to expand my meatloaf beyond the basics. I use diced onion, ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, some ketchup, and some salt and pepper. My family likes it. Pat's recipe sounds pretty good, but adding a lot extra stuff like garlic and thyme and other spices just isn't necessary in my house.

It also says that Nixon liked to eat ketchup on cottage cheese. More important than meatloaf, Soren really, really wanted to give it a try. Everyone took a scoop, squirted the ketchup on his spoon, then dared each other to take a bite. Even me.

It's not good. No wonder Nixon was a junky president. His taste in snack foods was terrible.

Nixon also liked himself some fresh California fruit and chocolate chip cookies. I was too lazy for cookies, after having slaved over meatloaf, but I did put together a cherry Jell-O with fresh blueberries. This served as Nixon's birthday dessert, although whipped cream doesn't hold candles very well.

Oh well, I didn't want to put too much effort into it. It was a birthday party for Nixon afterall.


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Richie, I love these presidential birthday celebrations. 2 down and 42 to go. Who’s next?

McKinley and Roosevelt are next week. Any party ideas?

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