Archive for July 4th, 2014


7.4.14 … It’s not the 4th of July without TOMATO PIE! … And a history lesson … Happy 200th anniversary, The Star Spangled Banner … What’s Queen Charlotte got to do with anything? …

4th of July 2014, Tomato Pie, fried chicken,  Price’s Chicken Coop:  It’s not the 4th of July without TOMATO PIE! And fried chicken from Price’s Chicken Coop!



Molly and Liza put parmesan cheese in the frozen pie crust before prebaking it.

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Prep Time:20 minInactive Prep Time:10 minCook Time:45 min




6 servings


4 tomatoes, peeled and sliced

10 fresh basil leaves, chopped

1/2 cup chopped green onion

1 (9-inch) prebaked deep dish pie shell

2 cup grated cheddar

1 cup mayonnaise

Salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the tomatoes in a colander in the sink in 1 layer. Sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 10 minutes.

Layer the tomato slices, basil, and onion in pie shell. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the grated cheeses and mayonnaise together. Spread mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

To serve, cut into slices and serve warm.

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1614 Camden Road     704-333-9866

via Price’s Chicken Coop.

Since 1962, Price’s Chicken Coop has built a diehard following of locals thanks to one thing – juicy, crispy fried chicken that has been marinated in a secret blend for over a day. Located in Charlotte’s trendy up & coming South End neighborhood, Price’s Chicken Coop looks the same today as it did 30 years ago.

A cash-only, take-out only restaurant with no tables, Price’s Chicken Coop is sometimes known for it’s Southern food with a hint of NYC attitude. When you step up to order, know what you want and have your money out. And whatever you do, put away your cell phone.

Price’s Chicken Coop is known for it’s fried chicken – especially the breasts, but there’s also a few other in-house favorites, such as hushpuppies and sweet tea. And don’t forget to try to liver and gizzards. Served in iconic cardboard box, their food is all you’ve heard about and then some. It’ll take you back to days of grandma making fresh fried chicken for Sunday dinner.

via Best of Charlotte #33: Price’s Chicken Coop | Charlotte Concord Harrisburg North Carolina Real Estate – Leigh Brown and Associates Real Estate.

200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, A Capitol Fourth, PBS:

via ▶ John Williams conducts new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” – YouTube.

2014 marks the 200th anniversary of our nation’s beloved national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In September 1814, after a 25-hour long battle, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised in victory a 42-foot American flag sewn by Mary Pickersgill. A young Francis Scott Key was aboard a ship in the harbor and was so inspired by the patriotic sight that he wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

200 years later, A Capitol Fourth is honored to have five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams with us this July 4th to commemorate this important anniversary. Maestro Williams will lead the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets in his own majestic and stirring arrangement of the United States of America’s most iconic song. It is fitting that this anthem is performed at the U.S. Capitol on our nation’s Independence Day to remind us of the true meaning behind our stars and stripes.

via 200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner | A Capitol Fourth | PBS.

Charlotte NC, Mecklenburg County NC:  I live in Charlotte (Mecklenburg County), named for the wife of the CRAZY King George III, the British king at the time of the revolution.

Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Sophia Charlotte; 19 May 1744 – 17 November 1818) was the wife of King George III. She was Queen of Great Britain and Ireland from their marriage until the union of the two kingdoms in 1801, after which she was Queen of the United Kingdom. She was also the Electress of Hanover in the Holy Roman Empire until the promotion of her husband to King of Hanover on 12 October 1814, after which she was also queen consort of Hanover.

Queen Charlotte was a patroness of the arts and an amateur botanist who helped expand Kew Gardens. George III and Charlotte had 15 children, 13 of whom survived to adulthood. She was distressed by her husband’s bouts of physical illness and insanity, which became permanent in later life and resulted in their eldest son being appointed Prince Regent.

via Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

In the back of my mind I knew this:

Queen Charlotte, wife of the English King George III (1738-1820), was directly descended from Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a black branch of the Portuguese Royal House. The riddle of Queen Charlotte’s African ancestry was solved as a result of an earlier investigation into the black magi featured in 15th century Flemish paintings. Two art historians had suggested that the black magi must have been portraits of actual contemporary people (since the artist, without seeing them, would not have been aware of the subtleties in colouring and facial bone structure of quadroons or octoroons which these figures invariably represented) Enough evidence was accumulated to propose that the models for the black magi were, in all probability, members of the Portuguese de Sousa family. (Several de Sousas had in fact traveled to the Netherlands when their cousin, the Princess Isabella went there to marry the Grand Duke, Philip the Good of Burgundy in the year 1429.)

via Queen Charlotte | FRONTLINE | PBS.

4th of July memes:

July 4th is a time for friends, family, barbeques and cocktails, and of course memes. There are quite possibly no better memes than USA themed memes, so when America’s birthday rolls around you know the jokes are going to be too good. From 1776 to 2014, America has had 238 years of quality time to think of jokes, make those jokes into memes, and then put those memes on the Internet, and while we are thankful for our nation, folks seem just as grateful for the hilarious jokes our world power nation has spawned.

via 4th Of July Memes: Best Independence Day Memes And Vines To Celebrate America’s Birthday!.

So here are a few I found enjoyable:



The most patriotic sunset I’ve ever seen.

Photoshopped?  Regardless, quite lovely.

And from The Varsity:


Today we are thankful to those who serve to make America the land of the free and the home of the best hotdogs ever. #USA

via The Varsity.

small world, Koeze Company nuts: I visited very special friends, and they pulled out their last box of Christmas nuts! Hello, Jeff Koeze of Koeze Company!!



The nuts were served at the home of my kith family. We visit the Lomaxes (what is the plural of Lomax?) every year on the 4th. Henry and Trissy said they give your nuts as Christmas gifts. They are both UNC grads, and Henry was the managing partner of the law firm where I practiced. They had no idea you were part of the UNC family. Maybe they will buy more nuts!

A.A. Gill: 7 Things to Celebrate About America This 4th of July:  In light of my day with friends from SA … the parochialism of America, the unsophistication of its taste, the limit of its inquiry … most of my friends from afar tees us about the little things (they can name the monarchs of England, so why can’t we name the US presidents??) but on a grander scale, they love and respect us.

There is in Europe another popular snobbery, about the parochialism of America, the unsophistication of its taste, the limit of its inquiry. This, we’re told, is proved by “how few Americans travel abroad.” Apparently, so we’re told, only 35 percent of Americans have passports. Whenever I hear this, I always think, My good golly gosh, really? That many? Why would you go anywhere else? There is so much of America to wonder at. So much that is the miracle of a newly minted civilization. And anyway, European kids only get passports because they all want to go to New York.

via A.A. Gill: 7 Things to Celebrate About America This 4th of July.




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