President Reagan’s 2nd Favorite Food
President Reagan’s passion for jellybeans is legendary. It began in 1966 when he was running for Governor of California as part of his successful attempt to give up cigarette smoking. As president, Reagan placed a standing order of 720 bags per month (306,070 beans), to be distributed among the White House, Capitol Hill and other federal buildings. He often presented visitors with a custom-designed jelly bean jar, made for Reagan by “Goelitz Mini Jelly Beans,” manufacturer of “Jelly Belly,” Reagan’s favorite. He is shown here presenting a jar of red, white, and blue jellybeans to president-elect Bill Clinton.
Reagan’s 2nd favorite food (and undoubtedly favorite entrée) was Macaroni and Cheese. Here is his favorite Mac ‘N Cheese recipe, contributed by Nancy Regan to : N* COOKBOOK of Sporting Tastes, Second Edition. © 1984 , Naval Academy Memorial Fund.
(This is my favorite cookbook. It is available from the Naval Academy Gift Shop, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 21401.)
President Reagan’s Favorite Macaroni & Cheese
1/2 lb. macaroni
1 tsp. butter
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
3 cups grated sharp cheese
1 cup milk
Boil macaroni until tender and drain thoroughly. Stir in butter and egg. Mix mustard and salt with 1 tbs. hot water and add to milk. Add cheese, leaving enough to sprinkle on top. Pour into a buttered casserole, add milk, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes until the custard is set and the top is crusty.