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Meatloaf fit for a president

Most of the dishes in The First Ladies Cook Book are elegant, intended to impress heads of state. But some presidents were fond of simple cooking. For example, President Truman enjoyed meatloaf.


This was likely the best meatloaf I've tasted. It was very moist, and the tomato sauce helped with the flavor.

These chicken croquettes favored by President John Quincy Adams seem like comfort food more than fine dining.


These days, it's not common to mince meat leftover from a roast chicken. Unfortunately, as I was preparing this recipe, I realized that I didn't have breadcrumbs on hand. It's not hard to make breadcrumbs, but it definitely slowed me down. I'll only try this dish again if I have all the ingredients on hand.

I made the casual version of Huguenot Tort, a favorite of President Martin Van Buren.


The fancy version is a layer cake alternating layers of cake and whipped cream. This apple pecan cake is very dense and really flavorful.

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