LBJ recipes available at presidential library, online

The LBJ Presidential Library is selling sets of recipe cards from the Johnson family. Photo from the LBJ Library.
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The LBJ Presidential Library is selling sets of recipe cards from the Johnson family. Photo from the LBJ Library.
The LBJ Presidential Library is selling sets of recipe cards from the Johnson family. Photo from the LBJ Library.

The LBJ Presidential Library is selling sets of recipe cards from the Johnson family. Photo from the LBJ Library.

Lady Bird Johnson’s family recipes have been circulating in Central Texas since before the first family moved into the White House. You might have some of them in your own recipe collection. But the LBJ Presidential Library, which houses dozens of Lady Bird’s beloved recipes, has compiled 18 of them into a new gift set available at the library or online.

The recipe set includes beef picadillo, molded cranberry salad, spinach souffle and the classic Texas Trash snack mix. It’s likely that some of the dishes are from longtime Johnson family cook Zephyr Wright, who created the family’s famous Pedernales River Chili recipe.

Each card features a favorite family recipe used for holiday meals at the White House or the LBJ Ranch, and the set is available in the library store for $8.75. You can also buy them at shop.lbjstore.com.

Texas Trash

1/2 box Cheerios
1 box Rice Chex
1 box tiny pretzel sticks
1 lb. pecans or mixed nuts
1/2 cup margarine (or butter)
1/2 cup bacon drippings
1 Tbsp. garlic salt
1 Tbsp. savory salt
1 Tbsp. Tabasco
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire

Mix Cheerios, Chex and pretzels together. Add nuts. Melt margarine and bacon drippings, then add seasonings. Put nut-cereal mixture in a large pan. (Lady Bird used a turkey roaster.) Pour liquid mixture over cereal mixture. Place in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Stir often. Makes 10 pints.

— From Lady Bird Johnson


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