hostess: Pink Squirrel, PS I Love You
in attendance: Bijou, Black Monday, Brandy "You're a Fine Girl" Alexander, Dark and Stormy, Firefly, Sapphi, Whiskey Daisy
Guests (Screwdrivers) of Honor: Nimo "the Ambassador" Tirimanne, Grant "the Fired Nixon-PR Guy" Samuelsen

cocktails tested: Bourbon Old Fashioned, Betty Ford, Jefferson's Wine Jello, White House Fruit Punch
food:Johnson's Spinach Parmesean, Eisenhower's Chicken Salad, Hoover's Asparagus Soufflé, Teddy Roosevelt's Indian Pudding

read the essay & take the first lady identification test | see the photos from the meeting

Cocktail Recipes:

Bourbon Old Fasioned (a favorite of Bess Truman and Mamie Eisenhower)

- 3 dashes Bitters, 1 tsp Water, 1 Sugar cube, 3 oz. Bourbon, 1 Orange slice, 1 Maraschino cherry
- In an old-fashioned glass, muddle the bitters and water into the sugar cube, using the back of a teaspoon. Almost fill the galss with ice cubes and add the Bourbon. Garnish with the orange slice and the cherry. Serve with a swizzle stick.

recipe from The Webtender

LUPEC Reviews

Brandy: Wow. It's strong. Too strong. I liked the cherry though. And the Flag

W. Daisy: TASTY. I miss drinking bourbon -- haven't for a while! Just Wednesday, Sapphi had an Old Fashioned and I have wanted one ever since. [4]

Sapphi: I heart Old Fashioneds. Period. [5]

B. Monday: Wow. I should have eaten a pork roast before I drank this -- WHOOOPEEE. [4]

Dark-n-: Bourbon, my old friend. Could use a smidge more mixin's. [3.5]

PSPSILY: -- too strong -- read D&S to get my review (this doesn't make sense) [3]

Bijou: Any Old Fashioned is a dear old friend in my book! I do like the fruit muddled with the sugar though. And a splash of soda. [3.5]

Firefly: Not generally a fan of bourbon but gets points for having a cherry [3]

The Betty Ford (named for...well, it's obvious, isn't it?)

- 1-1/2 oz. Absolut Citron, 10 oz. Sprite, 1/2 oz. Grenadine
- Add Grenadine (based on desired sweetness), followed by Absolut. Add ice and then Sprite (Betty's preferred mixer).

recipe from The Webtender

LUPEC Reviews

W. Daisy: Sweet, yummy. I always dig The Vodka. But light - summery. Fitting for maybe a cookout or outside event. [4.5]

B. Monday: Cherry 7-Up. [2.5]

Sapphi: Take me to the clinic, wash me in the water . . . [4.5]

Firefly: Very sweet, very pink. [3.5]

Dark-n-: I don't care for Sprite. I'm sure it was tasty. I'll abstain from voting.

Brandy: Oh my. It's ghettofabulous! You can't taste the vodka but I don't care! [5]

Bijou: I feel like I'm drinking a Shirely Temple but know it's got extra added vitamins and minerals. Very refreshing. [3.5]

PSPSILY: Refreshing. I'd like to sit on the back porch of my trailer and drink all morning long. [4.5]

Jefferson's Wine Jelly

- 2 envelopes unflavored Gelatin, 1/2 cup cold Water, 2 cups Cranberry juice, 3/4 to 1 cup Sugar, pinch of Salt, 1 pint Madeira wine, strained juice of 3 Lemons, Strawberries for garnish
- Dissolve 2 envelopes of gelatin in cold water. Ad this to the fruit juice, which has been brought to a boil. Add sugar to taste and a pinch of salt. Let cool. Next, add the pint of wine and lemon juice.
- Pour into mold that has been chilled. Set into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Unmold and serve cold. Decorate with strawberrys that have been rolled in powdered sugar.

recipe from The First Ladies Cook Book

LUPEC Reviews

B. Monday: The alcoholic equivalent of a superball - and let it be known that I am pro-Cool Whip! [4]

Sapphi: Jello-licious, in an 18th-Century sort of way. Yummy with our without Cool Whip. [4.5]

Firefly: Absolutely wonderful. Sweet and subtle but packs a whollop.

W. Daisy: I'm more comfortable eating this with the Cool Whip. The Sweetness complements the wine taste. [3.5] (The Madeira is lovely alone . . . )

Bijou: The shape, the jiggle, the lovely sugared strawberries and -- most importantly -- the Madeira! All very enjoyable. Cool Whip not included! [3.75]

Brandy: Speaking as a former sherry drunk, the only way to improve on sherry is to make it CHEWY!! Yah [5]

Dark-n-: Dag! A drink that bounces! [4.5]

White House Fruit Punch (Clinton administration, 1996)

- 1 cup Sugar, 1-1/4 cup fresh Lemon juice, 1-1/2 cup apricot nectar, 2 cups fresh Orange juice, 3 cups fresh Apple cider, 1-1/2 cup Pineapple juice, 1/2 quart Ginger Ale, 1 bottle Champagne, 2 cups Cranberry juice, 3 oz. Grenadine syrup
- Mix together and serve very cold.
- Makes 1-1/2 gallon.

recipe from The White House

LUPEC Reviews

B. Monday: Alchemical Perfection! Just the right balance of sweet and effervescent [5]

Sapphi: Okay, this is a good punch as punches go. Who knew? [3.9]

Firefly: More pink! Punch is good. Bubbly punch is better. [4.5]

Dark-n-: I'm feeling punchy! [4]

W. Daisy: Oh, how good! Champagne punch - anytime! Fruity and light - oooohhh. [4.5]

Brandy: It seems very healthy -- I can't believe it has booooooooze................ [5]

Bijou: Two words: "Apricot Nectar." Add some spirulina and I;'ll feel like I'm ready for the gym. Bravo! [5]


Food Recipes:

Johnson's Spinach Parmesean

- 3 pounds chopped Spinach, 6 tablespoons Parmesean, grated, 6 tablespoons finely minced Onions, 6 tablespoons heavy Cream, 5 tablespoons melted Butter, 1 Egg, 1/2 cup Cracker crumbs, Salt and Pepper to taste
- Cook spinach until tender, drain thoroughly, and chop coarsely. Add cheese, onion, cream, and 4 tablespoons of butter. Beat egg and add to mixture. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Pour into shallow, well-greased ring form. Sprinkle with crumbs mixed with remaining butter. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Garnish with crackers or puff pastries.

recipe from The First Ladies Cook Book

Eisenhower's Chicken Salad
(Chicken-Rice Salad with Pine Nuts)

- 5 cups Chicken, cooked and coarsely diced; 1 cup Celery, diced; 3 Green Onions, coarsely chopped; 1/2 cup Onion, coarsely chopped; 3 cups Brown Rice; 1/2 cup Mayonaise; 1/2 cup Yogurt; 1 tablespoon Lemon juice; 1 teaspoon Honey; 1 teaspoon Salt; 1/2 cup Pine Nuts; Watercress (garnish)
- Combine chicken, celery, onion, and rice in large bowl. In small bowl, combine mayo, yogurt, lemon juice, honey, and salt; mix well.
- Pour dressing over mixture and toss lightly but thoroughly. Adjust seasonsings.
- Add pine nuts just before serving.
- Serve on toast or thinly sliced bread, garnishing each sandwhich with watercress

recipe from The Rodale Cookbook

Hoover's Asparagus Soufflé

- 1/2 cup Butter, 3 tablespoons Flour, 1 cup half Milk and half Cream, 4 Egg Yolks, well beaten, Salt and Pepper to taste, 4 stiffly beaten Egg Whites, 3-1/2 cups Asparagus tips for soufflé and garnish
- Melt butter, blend in flour, stirring constantly (you are making a roux). When mixture is smooth, gradually add milk or cream mixture, stirring until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool before stirring in the beaten yolks, season with salt and pepper.
- Lastly, fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites.
- Arrange 1-1/2 cup of asparagus tips in the generously buttered Soufflé dish, and pour mixture over. Bake in a moderate (350 degrees) oven for 35 to 40 minutes.
- Take the tips to be used for garnish out of the can, and just before serving, trim the Soufflé.

recipe from The First Ladies Cook Book

Teddy Roosevelt's Indian Pudding

- 6 tablespooons Cornmeal, 6 cups Milk, scalded, 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, 1/4 pound Butter, 1 teaspoon Salt, 1-1/2 teaspoon grated Lemon rind, 1 teaspoon fresh Ginger, 1/2 pound Raisins, 6 Eggs, beaten whole
- Combine the cornmeal with the scalded milk. Add the sugar, butter, and salt. Let the mixture cool. Then add the lemon rind, ginger, raisins, and eggs. Bake in a buttered 3-quart casserole, set in water, for 2 hours in a slow oven (300 degrees).
- Decoration: orange wedges glazed with honey
- Decorate the top of with orange sections that have been glazed with honey. Serve with cream or vanilla ice cream.

recipe from The First Ladies Cook Book

LUPEC Business:

- Pulp interview on Tuesday.

- Flux?

  • [3 illegible questions]


- May 24 - Backwards on Forwards (Friday)

- Elyria Fight Song (The Elyria High School Pioneer Marching Band features 12 tubas and the "K.A.C.P." percussion section.)

- LUPEC Meeting Schedule 2002 Discussed -- see the calendar for an update


Albright, Nancy. The Rodale Cookbook. Emmaus, Penn.: Rodale Press, 1973

Klapthor, Margaret Brown. The First Ladies Cook Book: Favorite Recipes of All the Presidents of the United States. New York, Ny.: Parents' Magazine Press, 1969.

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