Posts Tagged ‘Fourth of July’


DSCN2391 DSCN2395 DSCN2401 DSCN2404What a pleasurable Fourth of July we had here on the Cutoff. The 4th, of course is the United States’ national celebration of our founding and, like everything American, we tend to do it up in big style. From parades to picnics, cookouts to firework displays, July 4 is a time for fun, food, and frolic.


Our day started with the annual  parade down the Cutoff. It was a long one this year, lasting a full eight minutes, rather than the usual five! Tom and I pottered about, watering plants and pulling weeds, until we sensed the line-up beginning, with neighbors and their machines heading  to the start-up point. We perched ourselves upon the curb, for someone needs to WATCH the parade along the Cutoff, since, it seems, everyone else is in it.


A long, low honk of a big red fire engine signaled the start, and thus, the parade commenced. Our neighbor next door was the most creative, we thought, with a table, chairs, and an SUV sailing past in comfort. The “kiddie” brigade seems to have grown from the strollers of last year to the toddling tricycle riders of this, followed by the golf cart brigade and, my favorite, the rusty old tractors.



We followed the parade with a cook-out at Heather and Andrew’s; brats, burgers, and beer! Oh, I must mention the apple pie made by brother-in-law Mike! This is it, folks; as American as we can make it. The Fourth of July.

Of course, the 4th is followed by the 5th, which is my Antler Man’s birthday. He still seems to me like that 19 year-old-boy I met in college. Still the love of my life, and my “bestest” friend. Happy B-day, Tom! Let’s meet in the arbor for something cool to drink. Want to join us?







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The Declaration of Independence

Independence Hall



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From Tasha Tudor and Family website.

I love Tasha Tudor’s illustrations. They are so evocative of another place and time and stir up feelings of family gathered around the kitchen and gardens overflowing with foxgloves and larkspur. Tasha introduced me, via her cookbook, to one of the best macaroni and cheese recipes I have had. It has become a mainstay on our July 4th table.

Once you cook something, accompany it with a tale or legend, embellish it with your own rendition, and serve it up the following year for a second helping, you have established a tradition.

We love the 4th.

We love to eat.

Every year, along with the chicken, hamburgers, bratwurst, hot dogs, ham, sloppy joes, or whatever the main dish is that year, a big pan of macaroni and cheese sits alongside.

July 4th, folks. It is always hot here on the 4th. There is usually rain the night before or early in the morning and it is generally hot and muggy – and I make macaroni and cheese.

Tasha relates in her cookbook that Thomas Jefferson enjoyed macaroni and cheese. Whether he invented it is questionable, but, it makes a hearty tale for a hearty dish, and he did, it seems, draw plans for a pasta making machine.

We like Tasha Tudor’s recipe and I like to weave a good tale. I did, one steamy Fourth as I employed some of Katy’s friends to help in the first making of Tasha Tudor’s mac ‘n cheese. As the kids were growing up, there were more often than not friends that joined in the celebration. I miss them. They went and grew up on us and are off starting families and careers of their own. At any rate, they grated the cheese and they crushed the crackers and, at least for that first serving, they bought into the tale that Thomas Jefferson loved macaroni and cheese. So, on the Fourth of July, our national holiday, I thought it fitting that we have a dish that the author of the Declaration of Independence seemingly enjoyed.

Do you think Jefferson used Velveeta™ along with the shredded cheddar cheese and crushed Ritz crackers on top? (me neither)

Do you have any traditions, foodwise or otherwise, for Independence Day?

Do you have a favorite summertime meal?

Stay tuned . . . if I have time between the cheese grating and the table setting, I’ll post a few pictures of our very own cutoff parade!

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