Favorites of the first ladies

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier

The recipes of former first ladies featured this week are as varied as the first ladies themselves.

Bess Truman was a devoted wife and mother and came from a solid middle-class background as did Harry. Her Arkansas Pudding is easy, sweet and delicious and was reportedly a favorite of the president.

Mamie Eisenhower was a career Army wife who was reported to be intent on cutting down on food expense in the White House. She advised the chef to use cake mixes and Jell-O rather than preparing elaborate dishes for the family. This fudge recipe is simple and was loved.

Jackie Kennedy grew up among among the privileged, mand her tastes were more sophisticated than some of the other first ladies. The poached salmon was among her favorites and was prepared often by the White House chef.

Lady Bird Johson was a popular first lady who supported her husband and her daughters. She was famous for this popular lemon pound cake.