Thanksgiving in New England

From Historic Houses of Early America, published in 1924:

The first dinner given by the Plymouth Old Colony Club, in honor of the landing of the Pilgrims, was on December 22*, 1769, at 2:30 p.m.

The menu comprised:

A large baked Indian whortleberry pudding, served first of all.

A dish of sauquetash  (this is not the dish made of corn, beans and a bit of salt pork with which we are acquainted, but containing besides corned beef, potatoes and turnips, a meal in itself.)

A dish of clams

A dish of oysters

A dish of codfish

A haunch of venison

A dish of sea fowl

A dish of frost fish and eels

An apple pie, a course of cranberry tarts and cheese.

In the current rage for foraging for our food, this menu sounds just about right.  I, for one, plan to make the baked whortleberry pudding.  I’ll get back to you with the results.

Happy Thanksgiving!



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