Feeling Presidential

There was a time when my oldest son knew every last detail about the U.S. Presidents. He was 6 years old and knowing this trivia was his passion; their pets, their kids, their hobbies, the shortest in stature, the heaviest, the assassinated, the bachelor.

President's Day

President’s Day

Number of Farmers: 7

Broccoli Hater: Bush

Left a Horticultural Legacy: Jefferson

Former President who is now a vegan: Clinton

George Washington’s birthday was widely celebrated even when he was in office. It wasn’t until 1885 that it became a federal holiday. His actual birthday is February 22nd however, in 1971, the U.S. Congress established the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The Act moved several holidays celebrated throughout the year to Mondays creating 3-day weekends for many and calendar mayhem for all.

While Washington’s birthday was one of the days moved to Monday celebrations, it also started being referred to as President’s Day. Miss the apostrophe and what happens? The popular belief that the day was created in order to combine the Washington’s birth with that of President Lincoln – also born in February. While Lincoln’s birthday is recognized in some states, it has largely fallen off as a celebration.

The other compelling reason for this holiday shift is that the well-oiled marketing departments of national retailers rolled up their research sleeves and determined that President’s or Presidents Day actually begs more of us to market than does the memorialization of our First Farmer and President, George Washington. Go figure.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan added yet another celebration to the calendar by signing Martin Luther King Jr. Day into effect. This day also fell under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act but is celebrated in January. While the King holiday is widely recognized, productivity consultants were not as keen as the 3-day weekend retailers. Most government workers can sleep in on both holidays but many companies have chosen to celebrate one or the other.

I didn’t have a holiday today but with a friend in town, decided to take the day off to enjoy good company and the most glorious of desert hikes. We began our day with breakfast using vast quantities of CSA goodness and honoring the great men who have led this nation.

Not Bush's Favorite Broccoli Pie

Not Bush’s Favorite Broccoli Pie

Broccoli Egg Pie
Yields: One 9 or 10 inch pie
Adapted from Seasoned with the Sun

For those of you like me who might have dough “issues”, this simple quiche like dish creates it’s own crust.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs olive oil (used a harissa flavored oil with success)
  • 1 bunch of green onions, minced
  • 1 bunch green garlic (2 or 3 stalks), minced
  • 1 large bunch of broccoli florets, chopped small
  • crushed red pepper
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 5 eggs
  • 4 Tbs flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese (we used an asiago variation)

Preheat the oven to 450ºF. In a skillet, heat olive oil. Add onion and garlic and stir until softened. Add broccoli florets and continue to stir until bright green. Add crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

In a bowl, beat eggs well, adding flour gradually. Continue beating and gradually add milk, butter, and cheese. Stir in broccoli mixture. Turn into a buttered pie pan and bake for 30 minutes. The torte will swell and have a golden crusty top. Serve with fresh squeezed orange juice and sweet potato hash browns!

Honoring Washington - the Sweet Potato Farmer

Honoring Washington – the Sweet Potato Farmer

Do you enjoy 3-day weekends or would you prefer to celebrate on the day the event actually occurred?

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56 Comments

  1. I suppose it hasn’t mattered much to me, professionally.

    In all my years or working (several decades), none of my employers have ever offered days-off for anything other than Christmas Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Labor Day and Memorial Day. Of course, Labor Day and Memorial Day are the only two that are Monday-always holidays. I once had an employer that didn’t give Labor Day off.

    As something of a traditionalist, given my druthers I rather have the actual day off, rather than a faked holiday cooked up for retailers to have a reason to lure in shoppers.

    I think my reply makes me sound like a bit of a curmudgeon, which I’m not–just stating my reality.

    The broccoli egg pie looks delish!

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  2. Looks yummy – perhaps I’ll make it on “Patriot’s Day,” a peculiar Boston holiday that happens to concur with the running of the Boston marathon.

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  3. Ohhhh, those sweet potato hash browns look delish – as does the pie! :) Sometimes I wish we celebrated holidays on the actual days so that we understood their significance better (like MLK day). But I love a good three-day weekend too!

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    • They were very good and simple. I also did them with the Harissa flavored olive oil and it gave them a nice kick.

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  4. Looks like a suitable celebrations, Tammy. I don’t care much about whether they float holidays to Monday or not . . . except for the 4th of July. It would be odd to celebrate that on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 5th. ;)

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  5. OMG Tammy, my son had this exact interest at that age too! I recall our plane trip to DC, he had his well loved book, and we would point to a picture of a pres, and he would identify him and give us a fact. The people around us were amazed! That summer when I redid his room, I came home from Pottery Barn with a quilt and some pillows with dogs, he politely told me he was hoping for a presidents room. He is long past that phase, but his presidential room is timeless! Thanks for evoking that memory!
    Hope you enjoyed your day off – I snuck one in too!

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  6. So glad you got to be off today .. to celebrate with a hike and an friend and a great recipe! When I delivered mail, I remember how we all wished we could just work these kind of holidays, because we’d be really loaded down after the day off. Like you, with kids, I just hoped I always had off what they had off!
    Thanks Tammy!

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  7. I didn’t know that about President’s Day. It seems a shame to make every holiday a Monday holiday rather than celebrate on the actual day. xx

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  8. I have to work on both holidays. Although the upside is the light traffic! Glad you were able to take a day off anyway. My wife went with some friends into NYC to Chelsea market and came back with all sorts of goodies: olive oils, cheeses, fresh produce from the farmers market. A good day.

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  9. My day’s off rarely take holidays into account, but I happened to have Monday off anyway. What a great story about your son! Wonderful when they take an interest in something…their young minds are amazing. My Dad worked in the auto factory – so the Monday holiday was big news to him. I don’t care either way, I guess.

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  10. We have a lot of public holidays and I would prefer them to be celebrated the Monday after as sometimes they disrupt the work week by falling in the middle :)

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  11. Lisa H

     /  February 19, 2013

    Although I would prefer to celebrate on the actual day, I like the convenience of a three day weekend. It seems a bit unproductive to go to work (or school) on a Monday and then, say, have Tuesday off for holiday.
    What a sweet memory of your son….I do remember that phase! I also remember he taught me a few facts I never knew, too!

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  12. I love the new look of your blog, Tammy :)
    I’m glad you enjoy the celebration. I wish we had this kind of holiday in India, too.

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  13. I was living in Virginia working across the street from the Capitol of the Confederacy when the state senate had to create Martin Luther King/Stonewall Jackson/Robert E. Lee day in order to get the holiday in January enough votes. Ahem. Now I wonder why everyone has to buy a mattress every year in February . . . shouldn’t mattresses last longer? Mine does.

    Holidays didn’t pay much nevermind in my professional working life as an RN. Hospitals are open 24/7. Now it’s a chance to sleep in.

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  14. I chuckled reading the comment about Boston’s Patriot’s Day. Boston also has Evacuation Day in March, another peculiarity. Working at home, I never get a day off unless I decide to give myself one, but the commuter in my house loves a three-day weekend.

    Thanks for another great recipe!

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  15. hi Tammy, I can remember, growing up in New York, that we celebrated both Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays in February–and were given school holidays. So, when they changed in 1971, it felt like it was slighting the honors in favor of a 3 day weekend.
    now, I can see the benefit of the change.

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  16. That’s the way I grew up also Nancy but I don’t think my kids had a clue yesterday. I need to work on that.

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  17. That recipe looks fabulous Tammy and with guest coming into town tomorrow night, this looks like the perfect morning meal. Thanks so much.

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  18. I love broccoli, so this looks delicious to me.

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  19. Can’t wait to try the recipe! I was the only one that worked yesterday but we had our annual president trivia challenge! My 6 year old didn’t do 1/2 bad!

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  20. Your recipe looks wonderful! Broccoli is one of my favorites.

    I must admit, I like three day weekends. I think we can still focus on the meaning of the holiday if we care too. For many years, these Monday holidays were an opportunity to earn time-and-a-half, but I tend to take them off now. It seems I find more meaning in just about everything now that I have children.

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  21. Sally

     /  February 20, 2013

    Bravo, Tammy! it is always entertaining and informative, to read your wonderful blog. Good to remember the reality instead of the marketing.
    Yummy breakfast!

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  22. Calendar mayhem or not, I like the Monday Holiday idea. In South Africa we have to wait eagerly for the happy combination of holidays with Mondays (or Fridays) to come round and offer us a long weekend.

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  23. I am in favour of any day off, no matter how tenuous the reason :-)
    Your opening reminded me of another post I have visited recently: a collection of toy presidents owned by my blogger friend Steven. It made me chuckle: http://bramanswanderings.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/presidents-presidents-or-presidents/

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  24. What an awesomely looking tasty recipe: so unusual for me too! :) Yum!

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  25. I think all weekends should be three days long…one day to get yourself and your house together, one day to cart the kids around to activities, and one day to actually rest. Love the recipe!!! (And had no idea Clinton became a vegan…)

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  26. Poor Bush got quite a bit of flack for not liking broccoli if I recall. Given how I don’t like kale, I guess I’m happy I have no presidential aspirations, though that might be less politically incorrect. Sweet potato hash browns though–what a great idea!

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  27. An inspiring tribute to this special event. You have a very intelligent son whose passionate heart already shines beautifully at a very young age. Very admirable. As for the dish, indeed fit for the presidents. Delicious!

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  28. Love the crustless quiche! And now that you’ve got me thinking about quiche, and the excess of CSA potatoes I have, I want to make a potato-crust quiche. Maybe for dinner tonight. Thanks!

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    • I am also really fond of the crustless quiche. I learned this in college and am still making it.

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  29. I prefer a 3 day weekend myself. Just as long as one thinks about the real reason, the date is not so important – to me at any rate.

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