½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
½ cup milk
… Ask students how life for the colonists would have
been different if the colonists had found farm stands,
Measuring cups and spoons
1.;Heat water and butter in sauce-pan;until;they;boil.
2.;Put cornmeal, salt, and sugar in
mixing bowl while water and
butter are boiling.
3.;Pour boiling water and butter
into mixing bowl. Add milk and
stir with wooden spoon until
batter is mixed.
4.;Heat a pat of butter in the skillet
over medium heat.
5. Drop six spoonfuls of batter
minutes or until bubbles form
on the surface of the cakes. Flip
the cakes over with the spatula
and cook other side.
6.;Remove the cakes with spatula
and place on platter. Keep warm.
7. Dab more butter on skillet and
continue cooking the rest of the
running around and observing the
cooks preparing everything from
chicken pot pie to gingerbread. The
interpreters answered dozens of questions and were delighted when visitors
child was thrilled when one of the interpreters allowed her to help plow the
a;five-day;camp;at;Kings;Landing;His-torical Settlement in New Brunswick,
where they prepared some colonial-style;recipes.
dents to learn more about American
new residents of America, and the rela-
tionship between the Native Americans
and the colonists can provide a window
into life in the New World. Preparing
recipes in the style of America’s early
settlers is fun and often delicious, and
the colonists would have been different
if the colonists had found farm stands,
rived on the shores of America.
Source: Hasty Pudding, Johnnycakes, and Other Good Stuff: Cooking in Colonial America;by
during colonial times. The Association
for;Living;History,;Farm,;and;Agricul-tural Museums (or ALHFAM) has a
a series of excellent programs geared toward homeschoolers.
When;I;took;my;children;to;the;Farm-ers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New
York, they loved seeing the chickens
Books and Resources
Nonfiction for Younger Students
• Colonial Cooking by Susan Dosier
• Colonial Food by;Verna;Fisher;(Nomad
• The Dish on Food and Farming in Colonial America by;Anika;Fajardo;(Cap-
• Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim Book of
Food and Manners by Lucille Recht
• Food for the Settler by Bobbie Kal-man;(Crabtree;Publishing;Company,
• Food in Colonial America by Mark
• The New Americans: Colonial Times:
• Slumps, Grunts, and Snickerdoodles:
What Colonial America Ate and Why