Caldwell native U.S. President Grover Cleveland was a robust man who preferred plain foods despite the opulent Victorian foods that made up the customary menu for state functions while he was president in the late 19th century.
Cleveland was once overheard commenting that he would prefer corned beef and cabbage to the rich, multi-course meal on the table in front of him and he complained, "I must go to dinner. I wish it was to eat a pickled herring, Swiss cheese and a chop at Louis' instead of the French stuff I shall find."
At the , they don’t know for sure what Cleveland preferred for dessert, but a reputed favorite sweet was the Snickerdoodle, a type of sugar cookie popular in that era.
With a variety of recipes available, the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association has decided to find the best Snickerdoodle recipe through a Snickerdoodle Bake-off. The competition will be held on the Fourth of July at the Annual Ice Cream Social at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace.
The bake-off is open to all residents of Essex County. Entries are due at the Birthplace between 10 a.m. and noon, with the judging taking place at 2 p.m. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m.
For more information and bake-off rules, see the attached entry form or call the Birthplace at 973-226-0001.