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Favorite Foods of the Presidents

Friday, July 31st, 2020

As our nation has been hunkered down at home due to Covid 19, we have all had to get creative in our kitchens. With most restaurant dining at a standstill, eating in has become the norm and this writer cannot wait to for the day I can venture out and have someone cook me.

Eating in at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is probably a whole lot different than what goes on at my house. Which got me thinking, what are the favorite foods of some of our presidents?

Most people know of Ronald Reagan’s love of jelly beans or Bill Clinton’s and Donald’s Trump’s love of MacDonalds hamburgers. It is probably no surprise the Kennedy favored the flavors of his New England upbringing such as fish chowder. Midwesterners like Truman and Eisenhower were big fans of beef, steak and stew to be exact. But did you know that Richard Nixon’ favorite food was cottage cheese? Or how about Teddy Roosevelt and fried chicken? Lincoln’s favorite was gingerbread, a real treat to him having grown up poor in Kentucky. Most folks know about George Washington and his wooden teeth, but did you know the reason he had dentures was because he used his to crack his favorite food…nuts!

Lobster, Lobster Everywhere

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Each July, the fourth Wednesday and Thursday to be exact, Mini Lobster season opens up to amateurs in the Florida Keys. It’s a little head start before the official Florida Lobster season opens on August 6.

Not really a lobster, the Florida lobster that we know and love with hot drawn butter, is actually a member of the langusta family or to be even more precise, achelate crustaceans, and not a lobster at all. But we don’t care what you call them. We love them. Locals and visitors alike look forward to the when the spiny crustacean makes his appearance back on restaurant menus, at our local fish market, on our backyard grills. We call in sick to go out in our boats to get our haul, which for the record is 6 per person per day. Let’s not be greedy. Lobster season runs through the end of March.

And while we are at it, let’s talk about a couple of rules. The carapace (Google it if you don’t know) must be more than three inches. No spearfishing or puncturing of the lobster to catch it. Oh yeah, and you need a recreational saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit. And must leave any egg bearing lobster alone. Those gals are doing their part to keep the population going strong.