I know it’s the Fourth of July by what we eat:  corn on the cobb, baked beans, potatoe salad, some kind of meat and watermelon.  Maybe we’ll add some kind of vegetable.  We might have potatoe salad a couple of other times a year.  But it’s likely the only time we’ll have baked beans.  We have a couple of other days, in our family, that we know by the food.  Thanksgiving will have turkey with all the trimmings.  It’s the trimmings that set it apart (as we do sometimes have turkey at other times).  Christmas Eve it’s fondue.  This is a slightly newer tradition (maybe less than 15 years) that originated when we were looking for a celebration meal that fit in between two evening services.  Those are the distinctive meals for our family. (more…)