Saturday, January 29, 2011

William McKinley ate what?

Happy birthday to our 25th president, William McKinley!  Born today in 1843, president McKinley would be celebrating his 168th birthday if he hadn't been shot a couple of times by Leon Czolgosz in 1901.  But I'll save that topic for later, it being a day of celebration and everything...

My favorite birthday tradition is getting to pick a birthday meal so I figure it is only fitting, not to mention ridiculousy nerdy, to keep track of the presidents' birthdays and try and celebrate with their favorite food.  I did a little web research to see what the McKinley's would be serving for supper, prior to 1901, and apparently it was something called 'Boiled Fish à la McKinley.'  I have no idea what makes it 'à la McKinley,' but here is a recipe for boiled fish from 1884.  I am in complete agreeance with Mrs. Linoln's opinion of boiled fish so I'm going out for sushi.

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