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Dickens Christmas Recipes from Nephew Fred Duchess Potatoes Baked Apples stuffed with dried fruit and pecans – Something sweet-but-wholesome for your holiday table. New England Sausage, Apple and Dried Cranberry Stuffing – a hearty stuffing; everyone will want seconds. Glazed Carrots with Walnuts – a delightful holiday side dish. Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce – a truly Dickensian dessert. Mincemeat Pie – Rumor has is this was Scrooge’s favorite dessert.
"Foodways. Dining is social in colonial era Food played a very important part in the social lives of 18th-century Virginians. Aside from providing basic sustenance, dining was also one of the most important ways that colonial Virginians exchanged information. The dining process might last for two hours in some upper-class households. It wasn't unusual for a conversation that began at a dinner table to continue well into the night".