Space Food, Brownies, Apollo 11
Tomorrow is Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum! The Presidential Libraries of the National Archives will be there hosting a Mission Checklist hunt.
If you are in Washington D.C., come by to accept your mission and search for Apollo items at the National Archives and the Air and Space Museum.
Among your necessities: compressed brownies sealed in 4-ply laminate.
Learn more about space food from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Photo courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum.
More — Nixon and the Apollo Program
My Tuesdays are meatless,
My Wednesdays are wheatless,
I’m getting more eatless each day.
My home — it is heatless,
My bed — it is sheetless,
They’re sent to the Y.M.C.A.
The bar rooms are treatless,
The coffee is sweetless,
To-day I grow poorer and wiser.
My stockings are feetless,
My trousers are seatless,
My God! How I do have the kaiser.
This humorous poem about the United States Food Administration is found in the papers of Ben Allen who served as Chief of the Education Division and who worked many times over the years with his friend Herbert Hoover.
-from the Hoover Library
Before and After: The White House Kitchen
A group of people tour the newly renovated White House kitchen during the Truman administration. 3/23/52.
Part of the money spent on the renovation included making sure that all of the technology and appliances in the White House were top of the line for the time.
Pictured below: East view in kitchen, during White House renovation. The brickwork for the fireplace and the tile partition south wall have been completed. In the foreground is the line of the tile partition wall between kitchen and pantry. 1/24/51.
-from the Truman Library
Archives holdings can contain many different records, including recipes. Here is a personal recipe for the Queen’s drop scones which President Eisenhower requested from her after a visit. This recipe is a staff favorite and invites the addition of chopped candied ginger in the batter to make a special treat to enjoy with a hot cup of tea.
Wonder if Eisenhower really used a teacup to measure flour for the Queen’s scones?
Did you resolve to try something new in 2013? Why not start with a recipe from the Republican Congressional Cookbook, circa 1962?
Republicans from all 50 states contributed to a compendium of regional dishes, including Chicken Luau, Maine Lobster Pie, and Scalloped Cabbage, Spaghetti, and Wisconsin Cheese.
Take a look at the cookbook from the Ford Presidential Library.
American Relief Administration Food Distribution, Poland. Circa 1919
On July 12, 1919, Herbert Hoover founded the American Relief Administration which fed 350 million people in 21 countries in the aftermath of the Wold War I.
-from the Hoover Library