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2003/07/02 15:56:42 (permalink)

Fourth of July Foods

My plans for the holiday weekend have me going from DC to Massachusetts to visit family. I’ll be driving so the possibilities for good eats enroute and on the return trip are limitless.

Were I staying home, I’d be just as happy, foodwise that is. The 4th of July to me is a day of feasting. While grilled meats are always featured prominently in the day’s menu, the one item I look forward to preparing the most is Boston baked beans. My recipe is a slapdash affair that takes a little bit each from cookbooks by Durgin-Park, the Frugal Gourmet, and Yankee magazine. Takes 4-5 hours in all, not including soaking the beans overnight, and I use a special bean pot made by a company in Ohio that I drag out every year just for the occasion.

Anyone else have special dishes or special meals they associate with the 4th?
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    meowzart
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 16:12:34 (permalink)
    This time of year is when the black raspberries are in season (at least in the Mid-Atlantic). It is such a short season, usually over just this weekend. My mom would get some and immediately make black raspberry custard pies. So I always associate that kind of pie with the Fourth of July. In fact, I'll be berry picking and making pies myself this weekend!

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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 17:07:00 (permalink)
    Raspberries are gone already here...Blackberries not quite ready.
    This is the holiday for ICE-COLD WATERMELON !! Cold Beer, Pulled Pork and grilled Chicken. A Watermelon shell filled with berries of various types, chunks of different types of melons, pineapple, grapes, peaches, apples, Manderin oranges and cherries are a real treat for us.
    Picnic foods enjoyed in the shade of a big tree if the weather holds...but able to be served inside in the A/C if the forcasted 95 degree and 90% humidity comes thru.
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 17:24:01 (permalink)
    Every year since I've lived in AR my in-laws have had a fish fry, and as far as I know, this year will be no exception. The menu will include catfish, hushpuppies, french fries, baked beans, cole slaw, and potato salad followed by homemade vanilla ice cream and a loooong nap!
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 17:27:21 (permalink)
    I'm heading up to my brother's in San Luis Obispo where just about everyone on the beach has millions of fireworks, some legal, some not...it's unreal to see thousands of skyrockets going off all around you. My brother will treat us to his authentic Santa Maria BBQ and beans. I printed out that WHERE SHOULD I EAT thread on Interstate 1 so I can try some new places on the way there and back.
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 17:40:49 (permalink)
    I'm with the Mayor - I've already got my watermelon. Lots of beer and barbeque this year. Some years we have a fish fry, I have my great-grandfathers HUGE cast iron kettle and we use an outdoor propane cooker for fish, french fries, hush puppies, and sometimes onion rings.

    This year I am going to try the "Chicken with Jesse's Lip Smacking Sauce" from the guy who won in Emerils barbeque recipe contest. I watched them make it and it looks fabulous.
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 18:24:19 (permalink)
    Not sure if it's still there.....but I used to be able to go to the San Luis Pier at Avila Beach-----between Pismo and SLO----and get crab that you could just sit at a picnic bench with and crack. Add a bottle of beer and you've got a feast----as well as a nice view.
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 18:33:23 (permalink)
    We are having about 20 folks over tomorrow evening.
    Hot dogs, brats (new for us) and smoked sausage.
    Traditional beans, slaw and tater salad and 2 big Black Diamond watermelons that I will put in ice in the wheelbarrow in the morning.

    I had to give up the beer (AA) a little over 16 years ago but sure do love to drink a few Barq's.

    Gonna have the kids and kin folks on the 4th and feed 'um the leftovers
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 20:17:43 (permalink)
    Elise,
    Speaking of fireworks on the 4th...In Indiana you can buy everything made in the fireworks industry..up to and including rockets most folks would call "SAM'S"!! Motar shells, and various LARGE Bomb-like devices are common in all the stores and stands.
    What makes this unusual is that it isunlawful to "set off" those same fireworks in the state. When you purchase them, you sign a statement that you will shoot them off "Out of State". (Few folks observe the law!)
    My neighbor has 24 4 foot long rockets that claim to soar 1500 ft or more before exploding.This could be an interesting evening for passengers flying into Louisville from the West !!
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 20:29:41 (permalink)
    Mr. Mayor, it is ironic that recently I was in New Orleans and even though it is highly illegal to drink and drive, there were numerous drive through daiquiri places selling a a cocktail made with lime, rum and sugar and they used some type of flavored syrup that you selected.

    A product is sold which is illegal to use as intended and everybody looks the other way.

    Your firework story reminded me of this.

    They also sold a daiquiri that was red, white and blue. How they made it separate, I do not know, but the lines of delination were very clear. I know cause I bought one with extra rum and I was not driving, a colleague was.

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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 20:43:00 (permalink)
    Red white and blue daquiri........Now THERE'S a great drink for the 4th!
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 20:43:06 (permalink)
    Me and mine will be spending time with the family of the younger of my two older brothers in Bucks County, PA (about an hour away, maybe less) for my sister-in-law's predictable cooking. Hotdogs/hamburgers/chicken (if you wanna call it that) and the kind of pasta salad that I really don't care for. For some strange reason none of this bothers me, because that's just how she is - no imagination - and it's just nice to all be together. First 4th since my dad died just about a year ago. I'll be surrounded by loved ones, so it's all good. Oh, and since nobody's going to any real trouble, I'll just make that "flag cheesecake" which is featured in the current Philadelphia Cream Cheese ads. It's a no-brainer, but I do plan to get some really nice blueberries and strawberries from Whole Foods for the top.
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 21:47:14 (permalink)
    I celebrate the 4th quietly now, but when I was growing up my Dad threw the best 4th parties ever. He would put a lot of planning into them & everbody came, we would have 40 to 50 people in our suburban backyard. The day would start with my Mom making the crab soup, she would start it in a large soup pot, by the time it was ready and everything added in it would fill a stand alone electric roaster & 2 pots on the stove! She would make German potato salad & shrimp salad, everything else was my father's job. He would have Kosher & regular hotdogs, hamburgers & eye steaks all on the grill. Then there were the crabs, he would get several bushels of them, at first he steamed them himself but as the numbers grew it became easier to get them already steamed. Before we could eat we would all go to the local parade, my Dad loved the parade. The party would go on into the night & in the evening a group would walk to the nearby school grounds to watch the fireworks. Life gives us bittersweet moments & the 4th is now that for me. I lost my Dad in '92 on the 6th of July. His last meal was the nursing home's July 4th picnic, all he ate was the ice cream & he drank a beer, his 2 favorite things. Didn't mean to turn this into a downer but I do still try to keep up a tradition, I usually make a pot of soup over the 4th (gonna take notes this time RubyRose)
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 21:58:14 (permalink)
    Being the boring traditionalist that I am, I'll be making the usual bbq (baby backs this year), potato salad, cole slaw, sweet tea, and slicing up some onions and tomatoes. We'll have Blue Bell Natural Vanilla Bean ice cream this year instead of making our own, and of course, I've got a watermelon in the fridge already chilling. (Black Diamonds are my favorite, Ben Reynolds, but I can't find them down here.)

    I suppose I'll probably be talked into having a sip or two of beer during the day.

    As always, I'll be celebrating our country's declaration of freedom from tyranny. (Just had to throw that in.) G-d Bless the USA.
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/02 22:11:04 (permalink)
    Here in Westport CT, our town fireworks are on July 3 at the beach. 8:00 am tomorrow six baby back racks are going in the smoker, and later on I'll be grilling 10 lbs of wings using the Cornell method. I'll transport it all to the beach. Luckily, liquor is allowed at our beach, so a good portion of the town arrives as soon as the gates open and it's a giant picnic/party for the 4-5 hours before the show. Everyone sets ups tables, offers food and drink to our neighbors, and generally has a great time. We'll see if Martha Stewart stops by...
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/03 06:40:26 (permalink)
    4th of July usually means hot dogs, burgers, and a london broil on the grill. Baked beans, cole slaw, corn on the cob, and potato salad as the sides. Drinks include: wine, beer, soda, sweet iced tea, lemonade. Desserts include fruit (watermelon, grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew, blueberries, and strawberries), store bought ice cream (different flavors), Philly water ice (cherry, chocolate, lemon flavors), and soft pretzels. (I Don't think I'll make it to next week's weight watcher's meeting!)
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/03 09:16:19 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by CheeseWit

    4th of July usually means hot dogs, burgers, and a london broil on the grill. Baked beans, cole slaw, corn on the cob, and potato salad as the sides. Drinks include: wine, beer, soda, sweet iced tea, lemonade. Desserts include fruit (watermelon, grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew, blueberries, and strawberries), store bought ice cream (different flavors), Philly water ice (cherry, chocolate, lemon flavors), and soft pretzels. (I Don't think I'll make it to next week's weight watcher's meeting!)


    All that just for you and JaneDough
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/03 09:57:13 (permalink)
    I want to go to Willly's beach party in Westport!
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/03 10:18:45 (permalink)
    Honest to goodness burgers grilled on charcoal...and Oscar Meyer hot dogs on those New England-style buns.

    And watermelon and blueberries and strawberry pie and chips.

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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/03 11:07:13 (permalink)
    Mr. Mayor and Sundancer7, your" fireworks" and "drive through drinks" posts of yesterday reminded me of years ago when Mississippl was legally dry, yet there were bars of all sorts (high society level sophisticated ones to gambling & strip joints to good old country honky tonks, etc.) all over the Miss. Gulf Coast (it was much wilder and wide open back then than it is with the legal casinos and legal liquor today). What made the situation even more ridiculous was the fact that the state had on its books and collected millions each year in its "Illegal Liquor Tax". That's what the tax was titled! I'm not certain about this, but think there was a somewhat similar situation in Oklahoma at that time, and know at that time in Arkansas, where liquor by the bottle was legal in many areas but liquor by the drink & gambling were illegal everywhere, there were always several big resort type casinos/bars in Hot Springs with "technically illegal" but state taxed gambling and liquor by the drink. (I say, "always "; they were always open except at times of gubernatorial elections when the incumbent governor would always close them as a campaign strategy move for duration of the election. As soon as election was over, they were reopened, regardless of who won the election. Winthrop Rockefeller as governor finally closed them permanently, taking position of either legalize them or close them.) What hypocrites we humans can be! I don't believe we (society in general) are quite as bad about such now as we were in the past, thank goodness.

    As for July 4 foods and celebrations, July 4 was never a very big holiday with anyone in these parts when I was growing up as everyone was usually too busy with the work requirements of manual farming for there to be much "taking off" and celebrating. It was everyone's objective, tho, to have fresh tomoatoes from his garden by July 4. The few July 4 food events I do remember, tho, were fried chicken dinners or picnics or fish fries. Now with totally mechanized farming and all the other changes which have occurred over the years, most people do take the day off with barbecues being the big thing. I wonder how many of us, tho, even when "celebrating", really stop to adequately consider and appreciate the real meaning of July 4 and our many blessings. Thanks for the closing comments of your yesterday post, Bushie. Liketoeat
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/03 11:31:23 (permalink)
    Goin' fancy schmancy this year..a cold rice salad with curry, raisins and nuts, also chicken and pork sate with spicey peanut sauce for a party on the 5th. For the actual 4th, I'm steamin' clams, with italian sausage sandwiches at the house.
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/03 12:23:24 (permalink)
    ...you're invited too. So that makes 3. Think I'll have enough food for all of us??
    quote:
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    quote:
    Originally posted by CheeseWit

    4th of July usually means hot dogs, burgers, and a london broil on the grill. Baked beans, cole slaw, corn on the cob, and potato salad as the sides. Drinks include: wine, beer, soda, sweet iced tea, lemonade. Desserts include fruit (watermelon, grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew, blueberries, and strawberries), store bought ice cream (different flavors), Philly water ice (cherry, chocolate, lemon flavors), and soft pretzels. (I Don't think I'll make it to next week's weight watcher's meeting!)


    All that just for you and JaneDough
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/03 12:45:18 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by CheeseWit

    ...you're invited too. So that makes 3. Think I'll have enough food for all of us??



    Well then, maybe you better get an extra case of beer and another London broil...
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/03 13:27:39 (permalink)
    Fouth of July Beer Joke (since I'm officially a hamburger I can tell it): This southern guy always spent his July 4th in a hammock with a tub of beer iced down. One year his wife comes out to the hammock and, dressed up in her church dress, says to her husband, "Aren't you going to my brother's funeral with me?" He says, "This is my only holiday of the year, I've done this for 20 years and I'm not going to change just because your brother died." She said, "That's disrespectful!" The man says," Reach in that tub of ice and pull out a six-pack and throw it in your brother's casket - where he's going, he'll probably need it."
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/03 13:58:47 (permalink)
    BBQ This year will be Porterhouse Steaks and burgers for the kiddies-----peanut coleslaw and homemade potato chips. If my fish market has it I'll also steam a bucket of clams. Got the watermelon cooling off as we speak------Sierra Nevada Ale and the Claiborne and Churchill Gewurtztraminer are cold and ready to go. If we can still move after that-----a walk down to the beach to watch the fireworks off of the Queen Mary. I think Saturday will be a very quiet day!
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/03 14:56:36 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

    Elise,
    Speaking of fireworks on the 4th...In Indiana you can buy everything made in the fireworks industry..up to and including rockets most folks would call "SAM'S"!! Motar shells, and various LARGE Bomb-like devices are common in all the stores and stands.
    What makes this unusual is that it is unlawful to "set off" those same fireworks in the state. When you purchase them, you sign a statement that you will shoot them off "Out of State". (Few folks observe the law!)
    My neighbor has 24 4 foot long rockets that claim to soar 1500 ft or more before exploding.This could be an interesting evening for passengers flying into Louisville from the West !!


    Same law here in Ohio. When you buy them you have to sign a statement that you are taking them out of the state.
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/03 15:05:01 (permalink)
    I'll get more beer and another london broil. But you have to wash the cooking pots. I'll load the dishwasher.
    quote:
    Originally posted by Bushie

    quote:
    Originally posted by CheeseWit

    ...you're invited too. So that makes 3. Think I'll have enough food for all of us??



    Well then, maybe you better get an extra case of beer and another London broil...
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/04 16:11:52 (permalink)
    My daughter lives just a few house from me and we are going up for burgers, coleslaw, potato salad, chips, cold beer, apple crisp, whitecake wit icing and family fun.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Fourth of July Foods 2003/07/05 12:48:04 (permalink)
    For the Fourth I had my first "Ollie Burger". Gave the recipe posted here a while back to a friend who was a Lums fan and he invited us over for his version. It was great - went well with both wine and beer. BTW: We usually have fresh local sweet corn for the Fourth, but not this year - looks like another couple of weeks at best - a very very short season...
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