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4th of July Weekend - What are your plans?

Hi,
I thought it would be interesting to see what other hounds are doing on the long weekend in and around the city. Any big plans for a night out? Going to a cookout and making your best dish? Going out of town? Just thought it would be fun to compare and trade ideas!

This weekend, I have 2 parties to go to. One party is a family cook out on Friday with the usual cook out food. Good ole' American hot dogs and burgers. I'm taking cole slaw, I have a recipe that is probably the best cole slaw I've ever had and I'm making my famous buffalo chicken dip which is always a hit with large crowds. Saturday, my husband and I are hosting a party and I'm attempting to make pulled pork for a crowd of 30. Wish me luck!

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  1. Wow. Some of my plans are up in the air right now, but Friday, I think a bunch of us will go to the free symphony outdoor performance and watch fireworks while we picnic. I haven't thought about food options for that, since someone is checking into whether the silly one-ziploc (allegedly, we're only allowed one gallon ziplocs worth of food, which is ridiculous) is strictly enforced, b/c that will affect food choices.

    Saturday, if I am feeling ambitious, I have a friend in town, so I might Caltrain it up to SF early and go to the Ferry Plaza if they are up for that.

    Saturday evening, I'm going to Chez TJ. I don't eat out much, (and certainly not at these sorts of establishments) so this'll be a rare treat. It's within walking distance from my house, and it got a Michelin star. My friend and I talked about doing this (in lieu of giving more useless gifts that both of us don't need or have the room for for our respective birthdays) back in Jan/Feb, to celebrate life, friendship, etc. We are looking forward to it.

    Sunday is more food and celebration (though one is a sort of celebratory, but a memorial service for a friend).

    Gosh. I need to buckle down and start thinking of food ideas.

    1. How thoughtful of you to ask! We are lucky enough to be able to travel up north to visit my father in law in Mendocino every year or so. Since my boys were babies, we've rented an RV and taken about 4 days or so to drive up there. Now that the gas prices are out of sight, it's no longer the cheaper way to go, but boy it sure is fun.

      So we have the RV on the fourth, so we're filling it up and driving about 2 miles from our house to our local beach, and parking it for the duration!

      I plan to grill Dodger dogs and beer braised brats for lunch; then I'm serving onion brisket and hearty chili (with chips & fixings) from my crockpot for dinner. Along with all the snacks for the kids, I'm making baby twice baked potatoes, orzo salad with feta, bell peppers and pine nuts; tomato, avocado and corn salad, and of course, desserts - rocky road brownies, blackberry crumble bars and coconut pineapple loaf. Phew! And that's just Friday!

      Saturday we'll clean the rig out from having 30 people from the beach in it and pack her up again, and Sunday we leave for Pismo beach! Happy 4th! God Bless America!

      1. Road trip from San Diego to the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale for 4 nights with friends and we all got casita suites and we are going to have a blast doing the watermelon eating contest, underwater bingo, ice cream socials and just having fun eating and drinking and playing in all the pools with their kids (eleven year old girls who are my babies)
        Playing some golf in the early morning and maybe sitting in with friends on drums too.
        It will be around 115 degrees..yikes
        Happy 4th to everyone!

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          Going to a bbq on the 4th - good old American hot dogs & hamburgers along with ribs and chicken. I'm bringing deviled eggs. Then we hop on hosts boat and go anchor to watch the fireworks. Can't wait!!!

          1. re: Beach Chick

            Just back from a terrific 4 days at the luxurious Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale and had some great meals at ILTerrazza..for brunch, the King Crab with poached eggs and fresh spinach on a potato rositi with a hollandaise black truffle was outstanding..
            Jean George will open in October where the former Mary Elaines used to be.
            Had some coupons from Mc Cormicks and Schmicks Biltmore for some seafood..food imo, blew..
            Partied the first night at Senorita Salty's in Old Scottsdale with some of the Padre's that were in town..now that was fun... ; )
            We had a tableside guacamole that was pretty good..mostly it was for the marg's.

          2. Well, the bad news is that it is supposed to be raining all day on the 4th here in Central Ohio. The parade goes near our house about 10-11 a.m. and we usually do a simple brunch at our house for family & friends - smoked salmon, bagels, several kinds of schmear, fruit salad, coffee cake, devilled eggs, etc. The street has a block party for dinner where everyone brings an appetizer, salad or dessert to share and you grill your own main course. We have never been totally rained out before but the rain will make it very humid, going to be a BAD hair day!

            1. We have some guests coming in from Iowa who have never been to Chicago. The weekend starts tomorrow night after they arrive. They have insisted on trying Giordano's "chicago style pizza". So as a good host I will take them without telling them that Giordanos' is probably one of the worst pizza places in Chicago, and most Chicagoans eat thin crust pizza.

              Friday we will take them down to Chicago to see the Michael Jordan statue, & Oprah's studios at their request. Then off to the Taste of Chicago, and Navy Pier for the day & night. I am looking forward to some of the food, and being outside for some nice weather on the lakefront.

              Saturday, we will fire up the smoker, or the grill, I have yet to decide if it will be ribs, or some steak for some tacos. We will drink plenty of beer, and tequila, and play some Texas Golf on our property.

              Sunday they leave town, so I will grill out all day, most likely some chicken, or burgers for lunch, and some pork chops or more steak for dinner.

              I will have to pay a visit to my butcher Saturday morning to see what looks the best, and plan the menus accordingly.

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              1. re: swsidejim

                "most Chicagoans eat thin crust pizza."

                Are you serious? The next time I get a Chicagoan extolling the virtues of thick crust pizza, I'm going to use your post as ammunition! I like the first two bites of Chicago pizza (though usually, I have more than two bites), but from then on, it's diminishing marginal returns, and then my stomach pays dearly for it afterwards.

                Thanks for letting me in the know about real Chicagoans. I can't wait to use this to back up my point that thin crust pizza is superior. :)

                1. re: anzu

                  I think it depends on the neighborhood, and what you grew up with. My family is from the south side, and our pizza growing up was thin crust, cheese, sausage, and mushroom. I didnt try deep dish/pan/stuffed pizza until I was in my 20's.

                2. re: swsidejim

                  We hit the Taste of Chicago for about 4 hours on Friday. Beatiful sunny day down by the lake. The Taste is what it is, crowded, and the food isnt the best, but we had a decent time

                  We went back to our house in the country for a cookout of hamburgers, kosher hotdogs, macaroni salad, & potato salad. Very basic unadventurous dinner. Played some volleyball, and Texas golf whil drinking Cabo Reposado, and Herradura Reposado tequila, and cold beer.

                  Saturday, I went to my local butcher shop, and got 5 pounds of skirt steak which I had him run through the tenderizer. I then marinated it in lemon juice, minced garlic, minced jalpenos, sea salt pepper, cumin, onion powder, and olive oil for about 5 hours. I also had some pork rib chops. I fired up the smoker, and slowly cooked the chops which i seasoned with olive oil, paprika, teryaki sauce, garlic, and pineapple juice. Cooked them over indirect heat, and then put them in the oven, while I fired up the grill to cook the skirt steak, 3 minutes per side, and it was perfect for the steak taco(corn and flour tortillas). I also made guacamole(avocado, minced garlic, minced jalapenos, lime juice, salt, black pepper, and hot sauce). We also served rice, and refried beans. The steak turned out great, and got rave reviews. More tequila, and beer was consumed as well.

                  Sunday night dinner our guests were gone, and I wanted to use my newly purchased, and seasoned wok. Bought some lobster tails, and king crab legs. I chopped up the tails into 2 inch pieces, dredged in flour, , and deep fried in an inch of peanut oil in the wok & set aside the cooked lobster. I then poured off all but 1 tbsp of the flavored oil, and added ginger, garlic, mushrooms, lime zest, lime juice & green onions. Once these cooked I added oyster sauce, and chicken stock, and put the lobster tails back in along with the King crab legs.. Simmered for a minute or so, and the dish was done. The broth was rich and flavorfull, and the lobster, and crab were excellent

                  I also made fried rice in the wok for a side dish.

                  A good end to the weekend.