“…impress it on the gardener to have every thing in his garden that will be necessary in the House keeping way — as vegetable is the best part of our living in the country.” – Martha Washington, 1792
Inside the Kitchen at Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon tells us that in the matter of eating & drinking George Washington was usually temperate.
For breakfast he ordinarily had tea & Indian cakes with butter & perhaps honey, of which he was very fond.
His supper was equally light, consisting of perhaps tea & toast, with wine, & he usually retired at nine o'clock.
Dinner was the main meal of the day at Mount Vernon, & usually was served at two o'clock. One such meal is thus described by a guest: "He thanked us, desired us to be seated, & to excuse him a few moments.... The President came & desired us to walk in to dinner & directed us where to sit, (no grace was said).... The dinner was very good, a small roasted pigg, boiled leg of lamb, roasted fowls, beef, peas, lettice, cucumbers, artichokes, etc., puddings, tarts, etc. etc."
The General ordinarily confined himself to a few courses & if offered anything very rich, he would protest, "That is too good for me."
He often drank beer with the meal, with one or two glasses of wine & perhaps as many more afterward, often eating nuts, another delicacy with him, as he sipped the wine.
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