My family calls it Independence Day, not “4th of July” because it’s not just another calendar date. We do commemorate this holiday in our own way, which does not include flag-looking cakes and themed paper plates. We commemorate this holiday by remembering where we came from, what we had and what we left behind for a chance of a life in this country. There is at least 1 toast that celebrates our good fortune of being in this country, and at least 1 toast that celebrates our good fortune of being able to leave our old country. But as most celebrations, this one is on exception when it comes to food. So, without further ado, here is the menu for this year’s celebration. Recipes will follow at a later date.
1. Seafood salad
2. Smoked fish with onions and potatoes
3. “Pickled herring in a coat” salad [selyodka v shube — for Russian-speaking]
4. Egg salad/deviled eggs
5. Beet salad
6. Stuffed peppers
7. Baked chicken
I’m sure there were other things, but I can’t remember what they were.