History Tidbits: Macaroni and Cheese 19th Century Style

Here’s a history tidbit wrapped up in details…

Who knew that macaroni and cheese’s lineage is rich with such notables beginning with  Marco Polo and going on to… Thomas Jefferson.  Who knew that TJ’s cousin, Mary Randolph…his acting hostess in his Virginia home after the death of his wife… served macaroni and cheese made by James Hemings…see James was a slave owned by Thomas Jefferson…TJ had James schooled in the culinary arts in France and then James became his chef…James was among the first chefs in America to serve macaroni and cheese. TJ loved macaroni and cheese.  There is so much more to this story.

Golden Brodie fetches a gator and silks on #6

#6…John Quincy Adams born 1767…first son of a former president to become POTUS…first president photographed… born in Braintree, Massachusetts…Harvard grad… traveled abroad assisting his father…who was a founding father… outstanding multilingual talents…Q spoke English,French and Russian fluently and got by with Greek, Italian and Spanish.  John Q’s life had him as a young boy witnessing the Revolutionary War practically in his MA backyard…he knew Thomas Jefferson well and hung out with Benjamin Franklin’s grandchildren…in his father’s footsteps…he dedicated his life to public service…architect of the Monroe Doctrine…after his presidency he served as U.S. Representative from Massachusetts in 1830, serving for the last 17 years of his life with greater acclaim than he had achieved as president.

Best golden digs…Q did not have a dog while in the White House…he did however, have an alligator gifted to him from the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette’s family.  In the absence of social media then…ha!… we don’t know how the lovely first lady Abigail Adams felt about the reptile…but the toothy jawed creature lived in a bathtub in the East Wing…constantly shocking people with its mere image…eventually finding a new home (unknown location.)  Abigail also raised silk-worms and the silks contributed in the making of her dresses.  How about that?!  Gator and silks…

Young alligator in the reeds
Alligator in the reeds…not in a bathtub
A silkworm eating a Mulberry leaf
Silkworm eating to make a dress

Brodie digs #3…Thomas Jefferson and his Buzzy

# 3 President of the USA…TJ…Thomas Jefferson…the renaissance man…true author of the Declaration of Independence…visionary of the manifest destiny of the coming United States of America…and who knew…there’s a dog in there…yeah…the French Briard Sheep Dog.

Big paws up TJ… After being introduced to the Briard breed while in France… Thomas walked the streets of La Havre to find a Briard ready to whelp…purchased her… naming her Buzzy.  Buzzy gave birth to two pups in the middle of their Atlantic crossing and there you have the beginnings of this beautiful, intelligent, fierce protector and strong french breed working dog introduced into America.

P.S. TJ also tried to rid his dogs of fleas through a flea prevention…infusion of bitter almonds into their daily diet of barley soaked in milk.  Those darn fleas!

Brodie barks for your questions

“Meet me in St. Louie, Louie meet me at the” second face-off between  Mr. T and The Lady on October 9, 2016: Presidential Debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  This second debate has a different format.  Get this…

They’re trying something new…”Heads Up” average voters…”the Networks” have agreed to consider the 30 most popular questions…yes… Americans will be able to submit and then vote on questions online at PresidentialOpenQuestions.com,… ABC and CNN have agreed to consider (hocus-pocus perhaps abracadabra, who knows…) the 30 most popular queries when they jointly plan the debate.

Here’s your opportunity…my golden ears will listen for your question.  Ponder this:

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.” Thomas Jefferson

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” Albert Einstein

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”  Abraham Lincoln

Questions please…