Sunday, July 5, 2009

Napa fourth of July

This year we stayed home for fourth of July, along with everyone else in town.  We were invited to a wonderful barbecue - and the host was surprised that almost everyone accepted.  A last minute email went out to round up additional tables for the feast.  This was not just any barbecue, but a southern (specifically North Carolina) barbecue.  The menu included pulled pork, corn on the cob, sliced fresh tomatoes, black-eyed peas, cooked greens, potato salad, cucumber salad, okra and tomatoes, cole slaw, soft rolls, Napa wines, pecan pie, black bottom pie... Guests brought some starters - including pimento cheese, chopped liver, deviled eggs, and catfish pate.

Earlier in the day we had a home grown parade - with the Wells Fargo stagecoach as the big "shew". 

After our leisurely afternoon, we ambled down to the river to watch fireworks.  

It was a great day to think about Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton - subjects of three books I've read this past month.


John Poole said...

Well, Cousin Elinore, I know where I'm heading next year for the 4th of July! That meal looked absolutely DELISH and I loved the scene with the fireworks over the water. Glad you had such a great holiday. Mine was nice and quiet, kind of what I was looking for this year. But I think I would have preferred your party! ~ Cousin John/Elinore

juliana inman said...

Thanks, Cousin Elinore. It was an unexpected pleasure to end up at such a feast. Last year was completely different - as we were in the small town of Bridgeport, CA. Still had fireworks, though!

Martha said...

BBQ and pimento cheese!! Oh be still my heart. That pimento cheese looks really good. Was there sweet tea too?