Today is National Dog Day. This was President Lincoln’s dog, Fido. Fido was a favorite companion to the Lincoln family during their years in Springfield prior to President Lincoln’s presidency. Fido was left in the care of a neighbor when the family moved to The White House.
President Lincoln gave the neighbor an old sofa for Fido to lay on which was a favorite of Fido’s and also gave instructions that Fido be allowed to go wherever he wanted to in the house and to be fed scraps from the family table.
Have you ever wondered what former First Lady and President Kennedy enjoyed eating? Besides the usual favorite of President Kennedy which was his recipe for Fish Chowder or Mrs Kennedy’s famous waffle recipe. the White House chef often made this delicious dessert composed of fruit – baked in the oven. I envision fruit best served as a cold and refreshing dessert but Mrs Kennedy often served this Hot Fruit Dessert to her guests and family.
Today in American History…Frances Cleveland was born on July 21, 1864 in Buffalo, New York. She was the wife of President Grover Cleveland and was the First Lady from 1886-1889 and again from 1893-1897. She became the First Lady at the young age of twenty-one and still remains the youngest First Lady in American History.
The Cleveland family enjoyed simple American food – nothing fancy for them! For desserts they enjoyed a plain frosted cake or their favorite cookie which was Snickerdoodles.
Today in American history…Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind was first published on June 30, 1936. Gone with the Wind is one of the best-selling novels of all time and Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937 for her work.