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Giving Thanks (and please pass the dressing)
Still finalizing your Thanksgiving menu? Look no further! Within the holdings of the National Archives, you can find many favorite recipes from the First Families, as well as recipes prepared by White House kitchen staff for special events through the years.
Photograph of President Harry S. Truman and Mrs. Bess Truman on the Porch of Their Independence, Missouri Home
The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library recently digitized and added many of First Lady Bess Truman’s recipes to the Catalog. Several of these recipes are favorites that Mrs. Truman shared with family and friends, or contributed to charity cookbooks.

It isn’t too late to add some of these tasty (and historic!) recipes to your Thanksgiving table. This selection of dishes from Mrs. Truman’s recipe box is sure to please your guests!
Photograph of President Harry S. Truman and Mrs. Bess Truman on the Porch of Their Independence, Missouri Home , 1953  National Archives Identifier 596500  
Complete Setting of Truman White House China, Crystal, and Silverware
Complete Setting of Truman White House China, Crystal, and Silverware, ca. 1975. National Archives Identifier 6778782
Worried that turkey may be dry? Try preparing Ham in Sherry instead:
Recipe for Ham in Sherry
Recipe for Ham in Sherry. National Archives Identifier 139308932

Can’t find Grandma’s recipe for Turkey Dressing? Mrs. Truman’s recipe can be doubled to feed a crowd:

Recipe for Turkey Dressing
Recipe for Turkey Dressing. National Archives Identifier 139308816

How about serving the Bran Rolls that have been prepared for White House dinners

Recipe for Bran Rolls
White House Luncheon and Dinner Menu, 10/13/1947

(L) Recipe for Bran Rolls. National Archives Identifier 139308778
(R) White House Luncheon and Dinner Menu, 10/13/1947. National Archives Identifier 7582998

The Thanksgiving table is not complete without dessert! These recipes are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Recipe for brownies
Recipe for Pumpkin Pie

(L) Recipes for Brownies. National Archives Identifier 139308916
(R) Recipe for Pumpkin Pie. National Archives Identifier 139308776

Recipe for Apple Crunch
Recipe for Bess Truman's Frozen Lemon Pie
(L) Recipe for Apple Crunch. National Archives Identifier 139308853
(R) Recipe for Bess Truman's Frozen Lemon Pie. National Archives Identifier 139308898
Sometimes Recipes Can Be Controversial... 
 
Bess Truman’s Ozark Pudding was one of President Truman’s favorite desserts, and was published in various newspapers in the days leading up to the 1949 Inaugural, as part of the human interest stories about the Trumans. A number of newspapers made mistakes with the recipe, misprinting quantities, or leaving ingredients out entirely, and Mrs. Truman received some criticism about this recipe. Sugar and butter were still fairly expensive, valuable ingredients to waste on a dessert you had to chisel out of the pan, according to some people who wrote to her. 
Recipe for Bess Truman's Ozark Pudding
The infamous Ozark Pudding clearly didn’t work out for the “Disgusted Housewife” who wrote a rather harsh letter to Mrs. Truman complaining that hers repeatedly overflowed the pan: 
The next time you sign your name to a recipe, and before you are paid for doing so, kindly try the recipe out first and avoid making a fool of yourself and hundreds of respectable housewives.”
Letter from Anonymous Woman to Bess W. Truman, ca. 1/1949
Letter from Anonymous Woman to Bess W. Truman, ca. 1/1949
Letter from Anonymous Woman to Bess W. Truman, ca. 1/1949, National Archives Identifier 7560720 
Have you tried making Mrs. Truman’s Ozark Pudding, or any of these recipes in this newsletter? Put on your best historic chef hat, and let us know how they turn out!

Share your creations on social media! Tag @USNatArchives and @Truman.Library on Twitter or Instagram, or email us at catalog@nara.gov
Citizen Archivist Transcription Mission:
First Lady Bess Truman’s Recipes
Recipe for Spiced Vinegar and Sweetbreads
When the dishes have been cleared, and the guests have departed, why not relax with a transcription mission

Explore and transcribe Bess Truman’s recipes to make them more discoverable.
 
Get started transcribing!
500,000 pages enhanced by Citizen Archivists!
We reached a BIG milestone! As of this month, 500,000 pages in the National Archives Catalog have been enhanced by Citizen Archivists. That means 500,000 pages of historical records are now easier to find in the Catalog, thanks to your contributions of tags, transcriptions, and comments!
This Thanksgiving, we are grateful for all of our citizen archivists who help unlock history and make the records of the National Archives more accessible. Here are the users that contributed within the 24-hour period that brought us to 500,000 pages enhanced!

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