SPEECH, 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 “shall be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great birthday festival”. He called on people to celebrate the day with “pomp and parade” “cannon and musket fire” “from now on forever”. The Continental Congress actually voted for independence on July 2, and Adams felt the second should be the feast day. When he was unsuccessful, he refused to attend 4th of July celebrations or events for the rest of his life.

Start 4e July celebrations included cannon firing, bonfires, parades, speeches, and public readings of the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia held the first Independence Day commemoration on July 4, 1777. The first public Independence Day celebration was hosted by Thomas Jefferson at the White House in 1801. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made of July 4 a federal holiday, but the day was not extended. paid leave for federal employees until 1941.

As for food, did you know?

  • Eating salmon is a 4th of July tradition in parts of New England
  • Based on legend, John Adams and his wife Priscilla enjoyed a celebratory meal of turtle soup, poached salmon in egg sauce, peas and boiled new potatoes on July 4, 1776.
  • President Zachary Taylor died in 1850 after eating spoiled fruit at a July 4 celebration. So be careful what you eat.
  • Americans typically consume 150 million hot dogs on Independence Day.
  • In 2016, the 4th of July was the number one holiday for beer sales in the United States.
  • Probably the best known 4e The tradition of July is the barbecue. About seventy-four million Americans will fire up this grill for a giant holiday grilling fest.

That’s it for the story, and if you still need some really delicious, easy, and quite healthy recipes for your party, you might want to try one.

Chocolate and almond cookies

This is an original recipe I created when I wanted to enjoy a chocolatey, high protein, high fiber cookie with little added sugar and using some ingredients from my pantry. Now, that might not sound as good as they really are because these cookies are delicious, gluten-free, easy to make, and store extremely well.

8 large whole Medjool dates with pits

2 cups of water

½ cup vegetable shortening OR coconut oil OR unsalted butter

¾ cup bittersweet OR semi-sweet chocolate chips

¼ cup real maple syrup OR honey OR agave nectar

2 large eggs well beaten OR an equivalent amount of flax eggs + 1 teaspoon cider vinegar

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

½ teaspoon almond extract, optional

1 ½ cup ground natural almonds (almond flour)

¼ cup quick rolled oats (not instant)

3 tablespoons unsweetened cooking cocoa

½ teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

Walnut halves OR maraschino cherries

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

Meanwhile, melt shortening; remove from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir until the chips have melted.

Remove the pits from the cooled dates, keeping all the liquid. Chop or mash the pitted dates with a potato masher, potato masher, or large spoon until the pieces are very small and almost a puree. Alternatively, puree almost smooth in a food processor.

Combine ground almonds, rolled oats, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Whisk well.

Combine chocolate mixture, maple syrup, well-crushed dates, including liquid, beaten eggs and extracts. Mix well.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes to firm it up so it cooks properly.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F

Line large baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a 1 ½ to 2 tablespoon scoop, place the balls of dough 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Squeeze half a walnut or cherry on top of each ball of dough. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a cooling rack until completely cooled. Store cookies completely cooled, between squares of waxed paper, in a cookie tin or container with a seal to keep cookies fresh. Stored this way, the cookies will be delicious for at least two weeks. Makes about 20 cookies depending on size.

To make ice cream sandwiches:

Freeze the cookies in a single layer until hard. Soften ice cream until just soft enough to spread easily over cookies. Use about 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup of soft ice cream for each sandwich. Press a top cookie onto the ice cream, pressing down gently. Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap or waxed paper and refreeze in a freezer bag until ready to eat.

Original recipe: Kitchen Maven 2022

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


Parade; June 18, 2022, “What is the story of the 4th of Julye”.

History.com; June 21, 2022, “4e July Independence Day.

Huff Post; July 3, 2013, “July 4the Smithsonian Food Story shares the secrets of Independence Day favourites’.

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