happy fourth of july!

The Fourth of July isn’t a holiday in Italy, but that doesn’t stop this American from celebrating with hamburgers, hot dogs and mmm, maybe even some apple pie (Mom’s here, remember?!).

Happy 4th of July!

To my fellow Americans, I wish you a happy, safe and fun holiday
and buon weekend a tutti!

14 Beans of Wisdom to “happy fourth of july!”
  1. I hope you and your mom have an amazing 4th. Apple pie? molto gelosa!

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Heat, titles and the 4th of July

    Hope you had a great 4th too; the pie is *fabulous* πŸ™‚

  2. 07.04.2008

    Hope you all have a great celebration of the Fourth -even if you are so many, many miles away! Home is where the heart is -even if it is only for a day!

    Jeni Hill Ertmer’s last blog post..CELEBRATE! A Great Date!

    So true Jeni, thanks πŸ™‚

  3. Joanne at frutto della passione

    Happy 4th of July! Have a great day and enjoy all the yummy bbq fare!

    Joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..Raspberry orange yogurt pops!

    Thanks Joanne!

  4. vanessa

    Have a great 4th of July. Hope you have some fireworks to go with that pie!!!!

    No fireworks on the 4th, but as luck would have it, we have a religious festival tomorrow, so there will be lots tomorrow evening…let’s hope we don’t start any forest fires….

  5. 07.04.2008

    Ciao Bella! Happy Independence Day to you, too! πŸ™‚ I’m back from the states, but like so many other expats, I’m rustling up some American-style grub here in Naples. How wonderful that your mom is visiting. Yippee!!! ~Tui

    mental mosaic’s last blog post..Tacos and Trifle for 4th of July!

    Bentornata! Hope you had a lovely 4th πŸ™‚

  6. jody

    Happy 4th of July!!!

    Thanks Jody πŸ™‚

  7. 07.04.2008

    D’oh! I completely forgot about the apple pie. Fortunately, our grocery stores never ever close. God bless America (and Safeway).

    flurrious’s last blog post..Behold the Power of Stefanie

    Mangia mangia!

  8. 07.04.2008

    Happy 4th Of July…and America’s 232nd birthday as well…Lots of bar-b-q’s and fireworks for all of us on this long 3 day weekend (yay!!)

    sadira’s last blog post..Happy 4th Of July!

    Yes, happy birthday to America! Hope you’re enjoying the weekend πŸ™‚

  9. 07.04.2008

    Any excuse for a party, right? Especially a party with food? See, this is why Americans of Italian and Jewish descent get along so well. We have similar cultural imperatives. πŸ™‚

    So it’s not exactly apple season, right? So what are you using for your pie apples? In spite of all the gorgeous farmers’ markets that make me drool in abject covetousness every time you show a picture of them, do you in Italy also eat the same fruit out of season from halfway around the world year-round that we do? I thought that was just an American thing.

    Our apples come from northern Italy (the ones in the pie were from SΓΌdtirol (Alto Adige)), where at least some types are grown year-round apparently b/c they’re certainly available year-round (thank goodness–I *love* apples). Bananas (also not grown in southern Italy) are the only other fruit that is coming to mind that we can get pretty much anytime.

    Well, lemons are pretty ubiquitous as well, but that’s because we’re surrounded by them.

    So apples in the apple pie! Woohoo!

  10. 07.04.2008

    Any holiday that focuses on coffee is a good holiday!

    Actually, any day that has coffee is a good day. πŸ™‚

    Have a great 4th of July,


    Barbara Ling’s last blog post..4th of July Virtual Gourmet Blogger Picnic! Red, White and Blue Goodies – BBQ Pork Ribs…

    Thanks Barbara; we had BBQ spare ribs too! YUM!

  11. 07.04.2008

    at my house
    we always drink limoncello on the fourth of july
    on any hot day
    ends in Y .


    you and your mom should have some
    when you make your apple pie….

    somepinkflowers’s last blog post..how to be a good american

    Your advice is well-taken πŸ˜‰ Hope you had a great holiday!

  12. 07.05.2008

    Happy 4th to you and your mom! I’m now strangely in the mood to run out and buy apples and make a pie…

    Kacey’s last blog post..Life in Focus-Daylily

    Mmm…I can certainly encourage that πŸ˜‰

  13. 07.07.2008

    Happy 4th to you as well! (belatedly, of course)

    Stefanie’s last blog post..I’m not dead

    Thanks, and I’m happy to hear your great news (post title above) πŸ˜‰

  14. 07.07.2008

    I hope it was lovely!

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..How We’re Celebrating July 4th

    ‘Twas indeed Jen; hope yours was lovely as well.

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

Calabria Guidebook

Calabria travel guide by Michelle Fabio



Homemade apple butter
Green beans, potatoes, and pancetta
Glazed Apple Oatmeal Cinnamon Muffins
Pasta with snails alla calabrese
Onion, Oregano, and Thyme Focaccia
Oatmeal Banana Craisin Muffins
Prosciutto wrapped watermelon with bel paese cheese
Fried eggs with red onion and cheese
Calabrian sausage and fava beans
Ricotta Pound Cake