C.H. Brown Co. - February 2023

John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” Here, he truly outlined the impact that our nation’s presidents have on society as a whole. These powerful leaders motivate, empower, and protect us. On Feb. 20, we celebrate Presidents Day, a day set aside to honor all 46 presidencies of the United States. Top Presidential Contributions of All Time Presidents Day is always celebrated on the third Monday of February, and back in 1885, the observance was established to honor George Washington’s birthday, which was Feb. 22, 1732. This year, he would be turning 291! To celebrate this very important day, here’s a little history about three of our greatest presidents. Abraham Lincoln OUR NATION’S PRESIDENTS


Inspired by MarthaStewart.com


• 1 lb flank steak, room temperature • Kosher salt and ground pepper • 3 tbsp massaman curry paste, divided • 1 1/4 cups white rice • 2 1/2 cups water, divided

• 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, white and light-green parts separated from dark-green tops • 8 oz sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved on the bias


1. Season steak with salt and pepper. Brush with 1 tbsp curry paste, and let stand 10 minutes. 2. In a saucepan, combine rice, 1 3/4 cups water, 1 tbsp oil, and 3/4 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, then stir, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer about 15 minutes before adding white and light-green scallions. Cover to steam. 3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl in 1 tbsp oil. Add the steak, flipping once; cook this for 7–9 minutes, then transfer to a carving board. 4. Reduce the skillet to medium heat, then add 1 tbsp oil and the remaining 2 tbsp curry paste. Cook this for 1 minute. Add 3/4 cup water and cook until reduced, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl and cover. 5. Wipe skillet clean, then add remaining 1 tbsp oil. While stirring, add snap peas. Season with salt and cook this until crisp-tender, about 2–3 minutes. 6. Fluff rice before stirring in scallion tops. Slice steak against the grain, then serve with rice, peas, and curry sauce.

Lincoln is known widely for leading our nation through the Civil War, which is considered to be the deadliest war in U.S. history. He also signed and passed the Homestead Act of 1862, which allowed low-income people to obtain land and established the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Lincoln signed legislation on April 14, 1865, to create the U.S. Secret Service — that evening he was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre — though it wasn’t until 1901, after two more presidential assassinations, that the agency was assigned to protect the commander in chief. George Washington

Take a Break

Our first president and commander in chief in the Revolutionary War was George Washington. He presided over the group that drafted the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights was also passed during his presidency. Though he is considered by historians to be one of the greatest Founding Fathers, he had no biological children. And he was not an educated man: His formal education ended when he was 11 years old, after his father died.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Did you know that Franklin D. Roosevelt was

a four-term president? He served longer than any other president in our country’s history. He led our nation through both the Great Depression and World War II and also created the Emergency Banking Act, which countered the nation’s financial panic throughout the Great Depression. He won all of his elections in landslides in the Electoral College, including defeating Herbert Hoover by an electoral vote tally of 472-59 in 1932. He was the first sitting president to fly in a plane.







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