Honest Abe was born 210 years ago today. So we've put together some menu options for a Lincoln-approved birthday buffet. Have fun.
. 1 Bacon
According to the last bodyguard of the 16th President, Colonel William H. Crook, "Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln had breakfast at nine. Mr. Lincoln was a hearty eater. He has never lost the taste for the things a growing farm boy wants. He especially liked bacon.
It is worth noting that bacon had a slightly different meaning in the mid-19th century. Today, this breakfast is referred to as "sausage from the side or in the belly of a pig". At that time, every salted and cured dish was qualified as proper bacon.
. 2 Apple's
"wife. Lincoln has always had a sufficient amount of these carefully selected and prepared fruits available, "writes Crook in Memories of the White House (1
3. Corn Cakes
As much as he liked nutritious snacks, Lincoln was not over the occasional cheat day. Abe often bragged that he could devour delicious corn cakes "as fast as two women could."
. 4 Oysters
In addition to his remarks in Gettysburg, Lincoln's second inaugural speech has become one of the man's most iconic speeches. The after-party was a disaster. On the festive ball of his White House, Lincoln threw a banquet with one of his favorite foods, oysters, both in stew and pickled form. Unfortunately, the guests soon learned that there was not enough to go around. Like mad, well-dressed grasshoppers hungry visitors swarmed the buffet and spilled countless main courses. As the Washington Evening Star reported, "The bottom of the dinner was soon sticky, pasty and oily with wasted confections, pounded cake, and debris and meat." Yum!
. Gingerbread Men
As he debated Stephen A. Douglas, Lincoln amused his audience with a childhood story about his mother's gingerbread men. One day, the Senate candidate recalled, she had baked three for him. After carrying the treats outside, he spotted a friend who came from a much poorer family.
"Abe," said his young co-worker, "give me a husband." He did it, but before Lincoln could even complete his first degree, the boy bubbled, "Abe, give me the other one." . "Reluctantly, he handed it over and scolded," You seem to like gingerbread men. "" Abe, "sighed his buddy. "I have no one on earth likes gingerbread better than me – and he gets less than me …"
This post was originally published in 2015.