Happy 200th Birthday Mr. President

Abraham Lincoln
16th President of the United States
February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865
Dear Mr. Lincoln,
Happy Birthday, Sir. Thank you for your inspiration and service to our Country. In honor of the 200th anniversary of your birth, I have made a dish I think you might appreciate. In reading about your life, I see that you are a small eater, but enjoy apples and chicken fricassee. So today I have prepared this dish as a tribute to you, and served it on an authentic replica of the Presidential China chosen by Mary for the White House in 1861.

Abraham Lincoln’s
Chicken Fricassee in Puff Pastry
Served with Sautéed Apples

An apple is cut into slices and cooked over low heat in a non-stick pan with a little butter until softened. Finished with a drizzle of honey.

A chicken breast is cut into bite-sized pieces, seasoned with salt and pepper, dredged in flour. The chicken is sautéed in half butter/half olive oil until golden brown, then removed from the pan and kept warm while the sauce is made.

A little more butter is added to the same pan. White wine added, brought to a boil and reduced. Add cream and fresh grated nutmeg. Stir until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.

Finish the dish by returning the chicken to the pan to heat through, along with lots of fresh chopped parsley. Overfill warm puff pastry shells with chicken fricassee.

The Eagle and The Shield

Prepared with the greatest admiration, gratitude, and respect. Happy 200th Birthday, Sir.
Yours sincerely,
Lori Lynn
“That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
November 19, 1863

28 thoughts on “Happy 200th Birthday Mr. President”

  1. This dish looks delicious and easy to prepare. An inspired dish to honor the birthday of a great man! Nicely done.

  2. Looks very nice. I like it in the puff pastry. Thank you for reminding us all of the contibutions each of our presidents leave us with.

  3. First – this looks tasty and not too hard to do, and I think I’ll give it a try.

    Second, I love how you commemorate important events with special foods and well-thought-out menus…it inspires me to give it a try.

  4. A truly scrumptious looking meal, so beautifully arrange on his own china,
    I am sure it would have pleased the presidential palate!

  5. oh my gosh… you look so completely talented.. too bad I’m such a plain jane with my food

    thanks so much for adding my blog to your list 🙂 I’m glad you found me … now I need to keep it a bit more updated, don’t I?

  6. I love the plates! Where on earth did you find them? I just read in the paper today that today is the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. Who knew they were born so close together?

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  8. I am a big fan of historic Presidential meals, and this is the ultimate! What a great tribute to Mr. Lincoln!

  9. We so admire Lincoln. Today in the news we read an article that listed and update on the popularity of all Presidents. Lincoln of course is #1.
    I love your Eagle and Shield plate! The china tea set you mentioned on my site is called “Liberty” by Lenox, it is part of our wedding china set. 🙂

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