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11 Recipes with Higher Approval Ratings than the Presidents Who Loved Them

Look, it isn’t easy being President of the United States. There are policies to make and promises to break — and you can’t do it on an empty stomach. While we may not always agree with the Oval Office, one thing is certain: our presidents know how to eat. In honor of Presidents’ Day this week, we’re looking back at our favorite recipes from the White House kitchen. Get ready to feast like a leader of the free world.

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George Washington's Cherry Pies

George Washington and cherries go together like tea and the Boston Harbor. Our first Commander in Chief would have loved these mini pies by Bakerella as he fought the good fight.

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Thomas Jefferson's Waffles

Jefferson was probably the biggest foodie to ever hold the title of POTUS. He had Parmesan in Italy and chocolates in France — but don’t get between this man and his Belgian waffles. He brought a waffle maker back from Europe in 1789, setting off a nationwide trend. Joy the Baker’s recipe is great fuel for late-night Declaration drafting.

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Andrew Jackson's Cheddar Gougères

When a New York dairy farmer sent Jackson a 1400-pound block of cheese to show his allegiance, the president decided to throw the world’s most epic cheese party at the White House. These cheddar-stuffed gougères from A Cozy Kitchen would have come in handy.

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Abraham Lincoln's Gingerbread Men

Though Lincoln was never a big eater, this POTUS loved his gingerbread men. Brown Eyed Baker has the perfect recipe, just like mama used to make in the log cabin…

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Ulysses S. Grant's Rice Pudding

What does a tough, hardy war hero like to eat? Grant was a fan of rice pudding, apparently. After a long siege, a man just needs some dessert, okay? Joy the Baker’s maple and ginger rice pudding is a cure for whatever ails you.

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Teddy Roosevelt's Fried Chicken

Surprising exactly no one, our favorite trust-busting, stick-wielding badass was a fried chicken man. This spicy variation from The Comfort of Cooking would have been right up his alley.

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Woodrow Wilson's Ice Cream

World War I getting you down? Sounds like you could use a pint of Wilson-inspired strawberry ice cream, courtesy of Hummingbird High.

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Herbert Hoover's Sweet Potato Casserole

What depression? Hoover drowned his worries with sweet potato casserole, like this creamy recipe from Damn Delicious.

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Dwight Eisenhower's Sugar Cookies

Ike might have had a thing for frozen TV dinners, but he made up for it with his taste in sweets. We unearthed Mamie Eisenhower’s recipe from the presidential archives.

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Jimmy Carter's Baked Eggplant

Sure, Carter was a peanut farmer…but did you know that the president emeritus is also nuts for eggplant? Green Kitchen Stories has just the thing for you, Jimmy.

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Barack Obama's Burgers

Perks of being President? No one can judge you for throwing down with some foreign dignitaries over burgers. It may not be Ray’s, but this recipe from Up Close and Tasty is sure to be Obama’s new favorite.

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