The Christmas Menu of George and Martha Washington is a grand feast indeed, with archetypally American delights as squash, homily and cranberry already listed.
Perhaps American readers will tell me if this menu is at all typical of today's grand occasion, even if not all of these dishes would appear on the table at the same meal.
An Onion Soup called the King's Soup
Oysters on the Half Shell Grilled Salt Roe Herring
Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding Mutton Chops
Roast Suckling Pig Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing
Round of Cold Boiled Beef with Horse-radish Sauce
Cold Baked Virginia Ham
Lima Beans Baked Acorn Squash
Baked Celery with Silvered Almonds
Hominy Pudding Candied Sweet Potatoes
Cantaloupe Pickle Spiced Peaches in Brandy
Mincemeat Pie Apple Pie Cherry Pie Chess Tarts
Blancmange Plums in Wine Jelly Snowballs
Great Cake Ice Cream Plum-Pudding
Fruits Nuts Raisins
A fine dinner, although some of the dishes are unknown to me.
Does anyone know why no wines are mentioned except the two at the end of the menu? Presumably, these two were served at the end of the meal to the men only, after the ladies had left the dining room.