Saturday, July 4, 2009

traditions - old / new


solo post- L
The table was decorated with red, white and blue and everything looked very festive. I was there when their guests arrived (two couples I've known since I was a little girl) and I smiled when I saw that they all were wearing their patriotic colors – one man even had a t-shirt that said "Proud to be an American". My dad has a red, white and blue striped shirt that he's been wearing on this day for years – I love that he does that. My parents were having a get together at their house and prepared a traditional 4th of July dinner with barbecue pork (cooked on the green egg), potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans and corn on the cob. My dad traditionally bakes an apple pie for the 4th of July and this year was no different. And I have to say it looked delicious. (btw, T was very disappointed that there was none left over for her).
I'm not much of a cook but I love to look at new recipes. I clip them out of magazines, thinking that one of these days I will try them out. In fact, I clipped a recipe just yesterday that I saw in Southern Living. T and I both thought it sounded so good. It wasn't my party but I thought this recipe with watermelon was just what they needed to complete the meal. It was called Watermelon, Mache and Pecan salad and had a pepper jelly vinaigrette with gorgonzola cheese and toasted pecans – sounded like the perfect refreshing summer salad on a day when watermelon is a tradition – and so much less messy too. I prepared it for them and it was every bit as delicious as it sounded. I think it's going to be my new tradition for the 4th of July. Do you have a traditional dish you prepared on this day?

6 comments:

Puna said...

I have a pasta salad that I make to bring to bbqs on July 4th. Your melon salad sounds yummy!

Char said...

that sounded yummy when I read it - I will have to try it too. I think the goat cheese spread I made yesterday is a keeper.

beautiful shots and I love the story about your family gathering.

elk said...

i love that your dad makes the pie!
i have that same bowl L...

Woman in a Window said...

All sounds delicious. Here, we celebrate Canada day on the first but with far less tradition. Nary a pie or watermelon.

Relyn said...

I am so glad that you had such a marvelous time. It sounds terrific - and delicious. It's late, but I still wanted to wish you a very happy Fourth!

Gayle said...

I love traditions. They make occasions seem so much more special. Sadly, we have no traditions for the 4th. Maybe next year I need to start one!

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