My fiancé and I have adopted a new July 4th tradition—as soon as work ends on Friday we decamp with friends to the Catskills for a weekend of eating and country dancing. The tradition itself is not new (in fact, it’s several decades old), but our participation is, and we have already started counting down the days.
The highlight of the weekend is the steak dinner on Saturday night which precedes the dance—a genuine country dance in an old mountain lodge. I can already taste the steaks, oversized hunks of fatty meat cooked on a grate in a fireplace to charred, rare perfection. The meat is served, with all of its juicy drippings, atop white sandwich bread with lots of red wine and raw vegetables with thousand-island dressing for dipping. Everyone sits at long wooden tables and stuffs themselves. The food is so simple but satisfying. Sated, everyone heads to the dance floor and stomps, spins and sweats late into the night.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday. Tell me what you’ll be eating and doing this July 4th, and what these traditions mean to you.
(shown above: Steak Sandwiches with Balsamic Vegetables)