Almost all of our founding fathers lived on large farms. Thomas Jefferson, in particular, had a deep love for farming and he published many books about it. In his Garden Book, he mentioned planting green beans often.
We all associate turkey as a classic American food. After all, what’s Thanksgiving without a big, juicy turkey on the table? And it seems that the founding fathers agreed with us. Benjamin Franklin loved turkey so much that he suggested it should be our national symbol. The bald eagle won that fight, but turkey is still popular today.
Seafood in general was popular amongst the founding fathers. Most of them spent a lot of their working lives near large bodies of water. Even though they enjoyed all seafood, oysters were by far their favorites. Martha Washington, our first First Lady, included many recipes for oysters in her cookbook.
John Adams, our second president, had a relatively simple palate. He preferred boiled meals with nothing too elaborate added. His wife, however, liked to cook more exciting fare. Each year, Abigail Adams would make apple pandowdy, which is very similar to apple pie, from the harvest from their orchard.
Who doesn’t love ice cream? It’s one of the most perfect comfort foods. Dolley Madison, our fourth president’s wife, thought so too. She introduced it to the United States in 1812 when she served it at her husband’s inaugural ball. James Madison was one lucky guy to have a wife with such good taste.