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In the early settlements, poor families ate from trenchers filled from a common stew pot, with a bowl of coars salt the only table adornment.

"Sallats," (salads) though more popular at supper, sometimes were served at dinner and occasionally provided decoration in the center of the table...

Cakes were of many varieties: pound, gingerbread, spice and cheese." ---A Cooking Legacy (p. What is there to say about a meal that probably did not even exist for many settlers during the eary days of the Colonies and later seemed more like a bedtime snack made up of leftovers? In the eighteenth century supper was a brief meal and, especially in the South, light and late.

In the towns, the usual mug of alcoholic beverage consumed upon rising was followed by cornmeal mush and molasses with more cider or beer.

While dinner among the affluent merchants in the North took place shortly after noon, the Southern planters enjoyed their dinner as late as bubbling stews were carried into the fields to feed the slaves and laborers...

They also used local foods introduced by the Native Americans.

Some European recipes adapted well to these new ingredients. Connecticut Delaware Georgia Maryland Massachusetts (Plimoth colony) New Hampshire New Jersey New York (New Netherlands) North Carolina Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina Virginia Breakfast, lunch & dinner? It is important to keep in mind there is no such thing as a "typical colonial meal." The Royal Governor of Virginia ate quite differently from the first Pilgrim settlers and the West Indians laboring in Philadelphia's cookshops.

Hooker [Bobbs-Merrill Company: Indianapolis IN] 1981(p. 67) "English settlers in teh seventeenth century ate three meals a day, as they had in England...