This year’s Fourth of July was really low-key. The past few years, Chris and I have spent the holiday at the Jersey Shore (aka the Italian American Riviera), and while I have celebrated with friends before, a lot of people end up leaving the city for the long weekend.

Because Chris has work today, we came home yesterday afternoon. After unpacking, he assembled a warm pasta salad, which was a very creative way to use up what little was left in the fridge.

img 2392 - Fourth of July Re-CapHere’s what’s in it (that I can remember):

  • Whole wheat fusilli
  • Baby spinach
  • Seitan
  • Roasted cauliflower
  • Jarred eggplant caponata
  • Olives
  • Marinara sauce
  • Fresh basil from my mom’s garden
  • Parm

It may sound ridiculous, but it was delicious. After a few days away, it can be hard to make something edible, but sometimes it all comes together nicely.

img 2395 - Fourth of July Re-CapAfter dinner, we went to go watch the fireworks. When we first got to our spot, there weren’t many people, but it slowly began to fill up. I love listening to people talking  during fireworks displays—we have some great accents here in NYC.  I get a kick out of all the different names people come up with for the different types—the “pop-sizzle,” “the weeping willow,” etc… I wonder if there’s some kind of “what does your favorite firework say about you” quiz.

Hope your long weekend was a good one. I’m glad I had a few days off—I feel ready to face the week. Luckily, my schedule is a little lighter, so I’m planning to work on a few writing projects I’m excited about. Oh yeah, and clean the apartment…

What was your favorite part of the holiday? What are you looking forward to this week?