Lincoln’s Bicentennial Birthday Brunch
Feature some of his favorite foods
February 12th this year marks the 200th birthday of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Why not celebrate his contributions to our country by throwing a President’s Day brunch featuring his favorite foods?
Lincoln was not a decadent eater. In fact, his wife often had to remind him to eat! The things he did like were simple fare, compared to the heavy and rich dishes that were popular during his presidency, and they lend themselves very easily to our modern tastes.
He liked nuts and cheese and rarely drank anything but water. He loved fresh fruits, especially apples, and Mary Todd Lincoln kept them all over their home in hopes of enticing him to eat more. He did enjoy oysters in all their forms and had a liking for Chicken Fricassee with biscuits. It seems that the country tastes he enjoyed in his rural upbringing followed him throughout his life.
Your brunch planning could start with a nice cheese platter. Be adventurous and try something you’ve never had before.
Shelled and unshelled nuts make a nice accompaniment. Pistachios, almonds, walnuts, and pecans (a favorite in Lincoln’s home state of Kentucky) are heart healthy and delicious. Fill a large bowl, add several nut crackers and make the nut shelling part of the entertainment!
An Oyster Quiche is easy to make and easy to serve, hearty but not overpowering. A crisp green salad or a tray of fresh veggies would elevate this to sublime eating. Even Lincoln would approve.
A lovely honeyed fruit salad would brighten things up and add a toothsome crunch to your spread. Apples, grapes, pears, and peaches would make an appetizing and Lincoln-appropriate combination.
To add with a little something sweet, serve a simple apple pie or Mary Todd Lincoln‘s White Cake. A quick internet search will give you the recipe.
Finish off with sparkling water or a nice bubbly fruit juice, raise your glasses in remembrance of one of our most history changing presidents, and enjoy!