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Jul 3, 2012 09:12 AM

What's for Dinner #153 - July 4th Edition [Old]

Barbecue, grilling, cook out -- What's your July 4th tradition?

Here at Casa Roxlet, it will be pork barbecue, slaw, tater salad and corn bread. I'm still working on the dessert, but it will likely be a blueberry pie from the new Alice Medrich book, and my own spin on the fabulous peach cream pie from Briermere Farms in NY where the cream is actually a mix of whipped cream and cream cheese.

What's for dinner tonight, and for the 4th?

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  1. Tonight is boy's night so I'm serving my husband and his friend grilled steaks, grilled corn on the cob, and mashed potatoes. I'm not bothering with a green veg bc they will just ignore it.

    Tomorrow we are BBQing on the beach. So far we have burgers, hot dogs, chicken skewers, shrimp skewers, macaroni and cheese, tortellini salad, pasta salad, baked beans and fruit salad on the menu. Dinner tomorrow night may be chicken francese or it may be an order for pizza. Depends how tired I am when I get home from the beach.

    1. Tonight, roasted chicken breasts, rice and spinach.

      For the Fourth, cheeseburgers on the gas grill, toasted onion rolls, tomato, onion and, for him, lettuce. None on my burger, thank you. Probably French fries. Don't need anything else, except Old Glory flying.

      1. Being American in name only, I wasn't really planning on celebrating the 4th until my boyfriend asked me this morning if I had any ideas for dinner tomorrow... So it sounds like it's going to be burgers on the grill, probably with cheese and a variety of other standard toppings. Potato salad on the side and perhaps a veggie of some sort. Maybe some beer, if everything else doesn't cost too much. Until he finds a job here, we're relying on my incredibly modest income and are having to be rather thrifty when it comes to food, especially since almost everything except for my spices and my home cured olives was left behind in the move.

        Last night I made a smoky pha lad na with bok choy and the rest of the grilled chicken from the night before. Tonight, I have no idea what we're having. I'll have to hit the store and see what I see.

        1. Going out for a German take on pulled pork today at a new resto in our hood tonight (

          Tomorrow we're invited over to our friends' place -- they live in Brooklyn but are in town for 2 weeks with their young daughter. We'll be bringing German beer, and I hear there's burgers & corn on the cob (!!!) on the menu! Alas, no fireworks here.

          Shame, as I go a little apeshit over fireworks :-)

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          1. re: linguafood

            it will be interesting to hear how the pulled pork is...

            and it's super cute that you go apeshit over fireworks!

            1. re: linguafood

              Machaca is definitely not something I would've expected to see on a German menu. The matjes herring with raspberries and avocado, however, are an intriguing twist on a classic and oh how they are calling me!

              1. re: linguafood

                Wow, looking forward to a report on German pulled pork - as well as how the German corn on the cob is - that's a tough one to pull off well up there!

                Would be happy to have your apeshit-ness replace me for the fireworks portion of tomorrow evening. Like the rockets red glare, but not the noise! I am just outside of SEA city limits (like, a block), and they have a fireworks ban - but not HERE. in my neighborhood and all south of me, all the teenagers are going crazy with huge booming stuff from the indian reservations... sigh.

                1. re: linguafood

                  The pork was lovely -- it came in a big hunk that fell apart just digging at it with forks: marinated for 48 hours, then cooked sous vide, then finished in the oven. A bunch of accoutrements such as lemon-creme fraiche (totally unnecessary), the oven jus, seasonal veggies and an apple/cucumber salad. Did I mention they serve goose fat fries? :-)

                  No burgers the next day, but pizza instead at the best pizza joint in town. Fine with me.

                2. When it's hot, my thoughts usually turn to Mediterranean goodies. Last night I made Souvlaki, a rosmarina rice/orzo dish and had a nice Greek salad. Chilled rosé with and Magnum bars for afters.

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                  1. re: twodales

                    Yum! I tend to go the Mediterranean route as well in this 90+ degree weather! Do you make your own Greek dressing for your salad? I'm always on the lookout for a delicious dressing.

                      1. re: tiffeecanoe

                        Hi tiffeecanoe.....Greek Dressing. I generally sprinkle fresh or dried oregano over the salad and then drizzle some nice evoo and a bit of wine vinegar over the top. A few grinds of pepper and that is it. I figure all of the bits: the kalamatas, feta, cukes, tomatoes and whatnot should shine, so I keep it simple.

                        I will have to try Christinas's recipe some time.

                        1. re: twodales

                          definitely! While we're sharing - mine is basically 3T of lemon juice (or mix of lemon juice and basic white wine vinegar) poured into 2 mashed w/ salt garlic cloves, then 4T of Olive oil - sometimes a mild tasting one actually! Little oregano or fresh dill and pepper. YUM! I've been trying to recreate the dressing from my favorite sandwich/salad shop in Greektown in Chicago and I think I've finally come close with this one!