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25 U.S. Presidents’ Favorite Foods

The most famous house in the United States comes with a big perk: a personal chef. Here's a look at U.S. presidents' favorite foods and how you can make them at home – no personal chef required!

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George Washington's Favorite: CherriesTaste of Home

George Washington's Favorite: Cherries

Whenever my mom is invited to a party or potluck, everyone requests her homemade double-crust fruit pies. In the summer, she uses fresh tart cherries for this recipe. I love a slice topped with vanilla ice cream. —Pamela Eaton, Monclova, Ohio

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John Adams' Favorite: PicklesTaste of Home

John Adams' Favorite: Pickles

This treasured dill pickle recipe is like an old friend. These crispy spears have a slightly salty, tart flavor with a good balance of dill, garlic and peppers. —Betty Sitzman, Wray, Colorado

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Thomas Jefferson's Favorite: Mac and Cheese PuddingTaste of Home

Thomas Jefferson's Favorite: Mac and Cheese Pudding

This recipe was inspired by a mushroom mac and cheese I had at a local restaurant. I incorporated the fall flavor of a pumpkin ale, and it turned out better than the original.—Laura Davis, Pocomoke City, Maryland

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James Madison's Favorite: Ice CreamTaste of Home

James Madison's Favorite: Ice Cream

We don't want to brag, but as far as vanilla ice cream recipes go, this one is the best. And with only four ingredients, it just might be the easiest, too. No ice cream maker? No problem. Just follow the directions below to learn how to make homemade ice cream by hand. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Martin Van Buren's Favorite: ApplesTaste of Home

Martin Van Buren's Favorite: Apples

My mother made this German apple cake for my brothers and me when we were kids. It's an excellent choice for a Christmas potluck or actually any time of year. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

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John Tyler's Favorite: PuddingTaste of Home

John Tyler's Favorite: Pudding

Cool, smooth and creamy, this pretty pie is a slice of heaven for people with diabetes and anyone who likes an easy yet impressive dessert. The lovely pudding layers feature a yummy combination of vanilla, chocolate and butterscotch. —Doris Morgan, Verona, Mississippi

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Zachary Taylor's Favorite: Creole DishesTaste of Home

Zachary Taylor's Favorite: Creole Dishes

Add diversity to weeknight meals and get a taste of low-country cuisine with this simple take on a Louisiana Creole classic that uses bulgur instead of rice. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Millard Fillmore's Favorite: Soup and StewTaste of Home

Millard Fillmore's Favorite: Soup and Stew

While inventing a new form of comfort food, I made a stew of carrots, turnips, parsnips and rutabaga. When I'm in the mood to change things up, I add potatoes or chicken. —Maria Davis, Flower Mound, Texas

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James Buchanan's Favorite: Fresh ButterTaste of Home

James Buchanan's Favorite: Fresh Butter

Tarragon is a native herb of central Asia and was brought to Spain by the Moors. It has been an important ingredient to French cooking since the 16th century.—Michelle Clair, Seattle, Washington

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Abraham Lincoln's Favorite: Gingerbread CookiesTaste of Home

Abraham Lincoln's Favorite: Gingerbread Cookies

When it’s time to start the cookie-baking season, this recipe always kicks off the festivities. My mother-in-law first shared it with me, but it’s too good to keep to myself! You can tint the buttery gingerbread cookie icing a cheery pink or green and pipe it on with a decorating tip. —Ann Scherzer, Anacortes, Washington

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Andrew Johnson's Favorite: PopcornTaste of Home

Andrew Johnson's Favorite: Popcorn

Whether you need a quick gift idea or yummy munchies for movie night, we've got you covered with this cheesy twist on regular popped popcorn. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Ulysses S. Grant's Favorite: Rice PuddingTaste of Home

Ulysses S. Grant's Favorite: Rice Pudding

This comforting dessert is a wonderful way to end any meal. As a girl, I always waited eagerly for the first heavenly bite. Today, my husband likes to top his with a scoop of ice cream. —Sandra Melnychenko, Grandview, Manitoba

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Rutherford B. Hayes' Favorite: Cornmeal PancakesTaste of Home

Rutherford B. Hayes' Favorite: Cornmeal Pancakes

I like to joke that these pancakes are so light, you have to hold them down! When we have a chance, we make them with freshly ground cornmeal bought at local festivals. —Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania

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Grover Cleveland's Favorite: Corned Beef and CabbageTaste of Home

Grover Cleveland's Favorite: Corned Beef and Cabbage

It may be the most famous dish to eat on St. Patrick's Day, but this Irish-American corned beef recipe is a favorite at our table all year long. This is how to make corned beef and cabbage. —Evelyn Kenney, Trenton, New Jersey

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Theodore Roosevelt's Favorite: Fried ChickenTaste of Home

Theodore Roosevelt's Favorite: Fried Chicken

Crispy, juicy and perfectly seasoned, this really is the best fried chicken recipe, ever. Summer reunions and neighborly gatherings will never be the same. When I was growing up, my parents had a farm, and every year, Dad would hire teenage boys to help by haying time. They looked forward to coming because they knew they would be treated to some of Mom's deep fryer recipes, including this delicious fried chicken. —Lola Clifton, Vinton, Virginia

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William Howard Taft's Favorite: Steak and PotatoesTaste of Home

William Howard Taft's Favorite: Steak and Potatoes

This five-star meal would likely cost you around $25 in a restaurant, and that’s without the tip! Serve this to guests, and they’re sure to personally thank the chef. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Woodrow Wilson's Favorite: Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Woodrow Wilson's Favorite: Chicken Salad

Parmesan cheese and dill make this the most incredible chicken salad I’ve ever tasted. For the no-cook version, use canned chicken. These sandwiches are a simple entree to serve at parties, showers or picnics.—Jaclyn Bell, Logan, Utah

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Warren G. Harding's Favorite: Chicken Pot PieTaste of Home

Warren G. Harding's Favorite: Chicken Pot Pie

Chock-full of chicken, potatoes, peas and corn, this recipe makes two golden pies, so you can serve one at supper and save the other for a busy night. This is the best chicken potpie recipe to have on hand when company comes over. —Karen Johnson, Bakersfield, California

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Calvin Coolidge's Favorite: Roast BeefTaste of Home

Calvin Coolidge's Favorite: Roast Beef

This well-seasoned roast is Mom’s specialty. Everyone loves slices of the fork-tender roast beef and its savory gravy, and people always ask what her secret ingredients are. Now you have the delicious recipe for our favorite dish! —Linda Gaido, New Brighton, Pennsylvania

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Herbert Hoover's Favorite: Corn SoupTaste of Home

Herbert Hoover's Favorite: Corn Soup

I developed this soup out of two others to create my own low-calorie recipe. It turned out so well that I entered it in my county fair and won a blue ribbon. —Alyce Wyman, Pembina, North Dakota

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Franklin D. Roosevelt's Favorite: Eleanor's Scrambled EggsTaste of Home

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Favorite: Eleanor's Scrambled Eggs

When our son, Chris, wants something other than cold cereal in the morning, he whips up these eggs. Cheese and evaporated milk make them especially good. They're easy to make when you're camping, too. —Chris Pfleghaar, Elk River, Minnesota

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Dwight D. Eisenhower's Favorite: Million-Dollar FudgeTaste of Home

Dwight D. Eisenhower's Favorite: Million-Dollar Fudge

No other fudge I've tasted comes close to the smooth, chocolate taste of this recipe, which my mother-in-law introduced me to one Christmas (I've never been able to make it as good as she does, though). Since it makes such a large batch, I always save some for last-minute gifts. —Gloria Heidner, Elk River, Minnesota

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John F. Kennedy's Favorite: New England Seafood ChowderTaste of Home

John F. Kennedy's Favorite: New England Seafood Chowder

My grandmother makes this every year for Christmas morning—the only time we ever had it. Why wait, when you can enjoy this satisfying chowder anytime? It's also delicious topped with biscuits! —Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York

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Gerald Ford's Favorite: WafflesTaste of Home

Gerald Ford's Favorite: Waffles

You won't get any complaints from family or friends when you stack up these golden waffles for breakfast! —Kim Branges, Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Jimmy Carter's Favorite: Cheesy GritsTaste of Home

Jimmy Carter's Favorite: Cheesy Grits

A tasty bowl of grits inspired me to develop my own with sausage, green chilies and cheeses. It just might be better than the original. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

Alexa Hackfort
Alexa is a writer who believes there’s always room for ice cream. Based in Milwaukee, she enjoys exploring the city, tackling new recipes and planning her next trip.

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