Thanksgiving Menu Planning, From Soup to Nuts
In 1948 the Trumans dined on a traditional Thanksgiving menu that included consomme and Hollandaise sauce and was followed by a club sandwich with buttermilk later in the evening as supper.
White House Menu, 11/25/1948
While this may seem rather modest for a presidential Thanksgiving dinner, note that the President was responsible for his own food - all of this came out of the Trumans’ pocket. They did not have a large personal fortune to fall back on, so Mrs. Truman always went over the budget, food included, with a fine-tooth comb. President Truman had to have a fairly low-calorie diet, Mrs. Truman was on a restricted-salt diet because of her high blood pressure, and Mrs. Wallace (Bess Truman’s mother) was rather frail and couldn’t eat anything too exotic.
(Special thanks to our colleagues at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum!)
So here’s a new question - we were wondering if you have your menu set for tomorrow and what’s the first course?
Published by the authority of the Secretary of War, this 1879 manual for Army cooks resulted from the work of the Board on Army Cooking convened “with a view of improving Army cooking generally.” The manual provides recipes in narrative form, along with methods to clean utensils, suggested menus (how about some beef stew for breakfast?) as well as measurement conversions.
Browse through the entire manual and maybe you’ll find a recipe for dinner tonight. (3 types of hash! How to choose?)
Manual for Army Cooks, 09/19/1879
From the series: Government Publications, 1861 - 1992
So - what’s for dinner?