Letters, Cannons, and Turtle Soup – Tillamook County Pioneer

By Judith Yamada

John Adams wrote to his wife on July 3, 1776, that he believed Independence Day “would be celebrated by posterity as a great feast of remembrance.” He called the people to celebrate the day “with pomp and parade” and “cannon and rifle fire” “from this time forward forever.” The Continental Congress actually voted for independence on July 2, and Adams felt that the second day should be the day of celebration. When he failed to get what he wanted, he refused to attend any 4th of July celebrations or events for the rest of his life.

early 4The tenth July festivities included the firing of cannons, bonfires, parades, speeches, and public readings of the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia held its first Independence Day celebration on July 4, 1777. Thomas Jefferson hosted the first public Independence Day celebration at the White House in 1801. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4 a federal holiday, but the day was not extended to paid time off for federal employees Until 1941.

As for food, you know?

  • Eating salmon is a tradition on July 4th in parts of New England
  • Based on the legend, John Adams and his wife Priscilla enjoyed a festive meal of turtle soup, poached salmon in egg sauce, and boiled peas and potatoes on July 4, 1776.
  • President Zachary Taylor died in 1850 after eating rotten fruit at a July 4 celebration. So be careful what you eat.
  • Americans usually eat 150 million sausages on Independence Day.
  • As of 2016, July 4th was the number one holiday for beer sales in the United States
  • Undoubtedly the most famous 4The tenth The July tradition is the barbecue. About seventy-four million Americans will light this barbecue for a giant backyard barbecue festival.

That’s it for the date, and if you still need a couple of really tasty, easy, and fairly healthy recipes for your celebration, you might want to try one of these recipes.

Chocolate and Almond Cookies

This is an original recipe I created when I wanted to enjoy a high protein chocolate and high fiber cake with a little added sugar and use some of the ingredients in my pantry. Now, this may not sound quite as good as it actually is because these cookies are delicious, gluten-free, easy to prepare, and keep well.

8 large whole medjool dates with cores

2 cups of water

½ cup vegetable shortening, coconut oil, or unsalted butter

½ cup of sweet, bitter or semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ cup real maple syrup, honey or agave nectar

2 large eggs, well beaten or an equivalent amount of flaxseed eggs + 1 teaspoon juice vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

1 cup ground almonds (almond meal)

1 cup quick rolled oats (not instant)

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa bread

Half a teaspoon of salt

Half a teaspoon of baking soda

Walnut halves or maraschino cherries

Bring water to boil. Pour it over the whole dates in a small heatproof bowl or measuring cup. Set aside for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, the ghee melts. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until flakes dissolve.

Remove cores from refrigerated dates while retaining liquid. Chop the pitted dates or mash with a potato masher, pestle, or tablespoon until very small and almost mashed. Alternately, mash until almost smooth in a food processor.

Combine the almond flour, oatmeal, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. I fail well.

Combine the chocolate mixture, the maple syrup, and the mashed dates well, including the liquid, scrambled eggs, and extracts. stir well.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. stir well. Place the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to freeze the dough until it bakes properly.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Line large baking sheets with butter paper. Using 1 – 2 tablespoons, place dough balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Place half a walnut or cherry on top of each dough ball. Bake in a preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes on a baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store completely cooled cookies, between squares of parchment paper, in a cookie jar or an airtight container to keep cookies fresh. When stored this way, the cookies will be delicious for at least two weeks. Makes about twenty cookies by size.

To make ice cream sandwiches:

Freeze cookies in a single layer until firm. Soften the ice cream until it is soft enough to be easily distributed over the cookies. Use about 2 tablespoons to ½ cup of softened ice cream for each sandwich. Press the top of the cake over the ice cream with light pressure. Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap or wax paper and re-freeze in a freezer bag until ready to enjoy.

Original recipe: Kitchen Maven 2022

And if you’re still looking for a really great salad to enjoy with your barbecue, try our “Favorite Broccoli Salad,” easy and delicious. It’s on the Cookie and Kate website for my favorite broccoli salad recipe – Cookie and Kate

References:

procession; June 18, 2022, “What is the date of July 4thThe tenth“.

history.com; June 21, 2022, “4The tenth July Independence Day.

huff post; July 3, 2013, “4 JulyThe tenth Smithsonian Food History Shares Secrets of its Independence Day Favorites.

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