Mary's tooth?
Mary's tooth?

I think we are going to have macaroni and cheese pudding for dinner today.  I like that very much.  One of my milk teeth was so loose yesterday that Father tied a thread around it. Then he pulled on it and my tooth came right out.  I found my tooth where it had skipped across the floorboards.   I was glad I didn’t lose it. Although I am good at finding things.

I wrapped it in a piece of cotton wool to put under my pillow. There is a hole in my mouth now.  My tongue keeps falling into it no matter how hard I try not to think about it.  The tooth fairy will come when I am asleep and leave a coin for me. Then she will carry my tooth to her tower and uses it for her purposes. I wonder if she is building a wall around her garden.  Brent said he always got a coin or a little toy under his pillow.  Josh told us he tried to stay awake to catch the tooth fairy, but he always fell asleep.

Mother told me to rinse my mouth with some warm water.  She mixed up a little dash of salt in it.  I know macaroni and cheese pudding will be easy to eat.  We rinse our teeth with faire water after we eat meat.  Mother helps me use tooth powder on my brush before I go to bed.  When I do it myself, too much comes out of the tin.  It tastes like chalk.  I want to have a pretty smile and lots of teeth when I grow up.  Some of the older children that I know have very brown teeth and some of their teeth are even missing. Their parents think that any scraping or brushing of the teeth is dangerous and does great mischief. But Mother says we have to brush to always have a pleasing smile.

On February 6, 1802, after dinner with President Jefferson at the White House, Mr. Manasseh Cutler wrote that there was “a pie called macaroni, which appeared to be a rich crust filled with the strillions of onions, or shallots, which I took them to be, tasted very strong, and not agreeable.  Mr. Lewis told me there were none in it; it was made of flour and butter, with a particularly strong liquor mixed with them.”
– Life, Journals and Correspondence of Rev. Manasseh Cutler, LL.D., 1888

Macaroni and Cheese Pudding*

2 1/2 cups elbow macaroni                  1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter                                       dash pepper
1/4 cup flour                                        2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
2 1/4 cups milk

Cook macaroni until tender, then drain.  While macaroni cooks, melt butter in a saucepan. stir in flour until smooth, and cook a minute or two.  Add the milk a little at a time, and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce bubbles.  Add salt and pepper.  Arrange alternate layers of macaroni and cheese in a medium-sized baking dish, reserving some of the cheese (about 1/2 cup) to sprinkle over top.  Pour hot sauce over all, sprinkle with the cheese, and dot with bits of butter.  Bake 35 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
*American Heritage Cookbook

by Mary Beekman

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