Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February to resolve the problem of needing to create a holiday for each separate president (too many holidays go against the “work ethic” it would seem).
Indeed, as long as it’s a day off, why work hard fixing something to eat? To that end, I looked at the favorite recipes of Bess Truman, who cooked for her husband, President Harry S. Truman, for many years. According to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library:
“Truman was not a picky eater. However, he preferred traditional farm style food like roast and fried chicken. When pushed to comment on his food preferences he one time stated: ‘Never notice what’s put before me. Learned in the army to eat what could be obtained and like it. In my outfit when a man kicked about the food, he was given a chance to improve it. That soon cured the kickers and they took what was put before them and liked it.’”
Well then, that makes it easier! And since we’re celebrating, I think a dessert is in order. This is the recipe for one of the Trumans’ favorite desserts, Ozark Pudding. It is quick, easy, and most importantly, gooey.
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup raw apples, finely chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat egg and sugar a long time until very smooth. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and stir into sugar-egg mixture. Add apples, nuts, and vanilla. Bake in a buttered pie pan in a 350 degree over for 35 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.”
SOURCE: Archivist, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum