Recipes From The First Ladies

Baking By peanut123 Updated 14 Apr 2008 , 7:06am by vteventrider

peanut123 Posted 11 Apr 2008 , 12:05pm
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Cokie Roberts has a recipe for First Lady (1809-1817) Dolley Madisonâs layer cake in her new book, "Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation."

This seems to be a fun way to teach history, to both children and adults.

Please provide any references that you have to other âauthenticâ cake or cookie recipes from First Ladies.

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JanH Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 5:59am
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Mary Todd Lincoln's vanilla almond cake:
(And a few more from other White House residents.)

Martha Washington's great cake recipe:


peanut123 Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 11:46pm
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Thank you very much.

This book was also brought to my attention:

JanH Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 3:02am
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Eating my way through history - now that sounds like fun. icon_biggrin.gif

peanut123 Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 11:49am
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It is lots of fun!

I have also gathered family favorite recipes (cakes, cookies and pies), in book form. My children are now connecting with their grandparents/great-grandparents in a way that I never would have imagined. The process of collecting the information also evoked lots of emotions and lengthy stories.

Family recipes seem to have a unique ability to tie generations together.

vteventrider Posted 14 Apr 2008 , 7:06am
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Collecting recipes with storied to share down the generations is brilliant and really special. I have a new baby so I think I am going to start a book like that right away. Thanks for the great idea!

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