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What's for Dinner #230-Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue! - 4th of July Edition (Thru Jul 10, 2013)

Here in the US, we are celebrating Independence Day, the day when we traded bangers and mash for hot dogs and burgers. It will be another steamy day in our area, so the traditional grilling will definitely be happening.

What's for your dinner?

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  1. Someone decided to crank the heat up in our neck of the woods and temperatures of 100F or a bit more are expected over the next couple days, riding in on a sticky and humid southwest wind. So tonight will be chicken kabobs glazed with honey and served with a satay dip. Sadly I own no barbecue, although I am pondering the idea of building a fire (or rather my SO building it) on the beach to cook on and enjoy a nice cold drink.

    Not sure what other sides to make, maybe a potato salad is in order.

    1. The "Independence Day Edition", as all countries have a 4th of July on their calendars, but not everyone is so lucky to have an Independence Day. :-)

      My personal thanks to those who fought for our independence in the past, are serving their country now, and to those who will be there to fight for us in the future.

      I was invited to a cookout, but I think I'm staying home today. Pulled pork from the freezer with additional BBQ sauce, deviled eggs, a red cabbage and carrot Asian slaw to go on top of the little slider rolls with the pulled pork, and a "chopped salad" of sorts similar to this one from Tom Douglas:

      http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/chop-s...

      Mine will consist of CSA sugar snap peas, TJ's roasted corn, CSA radishes, CSA scallions, CSA lettuce, basil I'm growing, bacon, and some goat cheese crumbles instead of Parmesan (unless I get up and go out for little boconccini).

      Picked up some local strawberries and hope to make some biscuits for fresh strawberry shortcake for dessert.

      And there's vodka and lemonade.

      Happy Independence Day, everyone!

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        Your menu sounds great, especially the vodka and lemonade combo. I occasionally have a vodka cranberry, but that sounds delicious. I am with you, I ran errands early early this morning and now staying put. Enjoy your holiday.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          Sounds fantastic. I am currently drinking a "drunken Arnie" aka, and Arnie Palmer with vodka.

          1. re: ludmilasdaughter

            I'm a fan of Arnold Palmer's so will have to try the spiked version. Why didn't I think of that?

            1. re: twodales

              Lemonade and Sweet Tea Vodka (Jeremiah Weed and Firefly both make tasty ones) = a John Daily

            2. re: ludmilasdaughter

              That's what I call my drink made with the Firefly Sweet tea vodka and lemonade. I've decided I need to make a blended drink, throwing a little of the mint simple syrup I made in.

          2. I just took a rack of baby back ribs and two turkey thighs out of the smoker so we may have either of those tomight (there's just the two of us). Usually when I smoke something by the time I get done with the smoke part I'm pretty saturated with the albeit lovely smell of smoking wood so I leave the steaming/grilling part until the next day, but it is so hot here that I got them done early. Now while these are getting cool enough to get wrapped up and put into the fridge, the question is What's for lunch?.

            1. For lunch, it's Popeye's. I have been craving it and I figured Independence Day was a good excuse for a trip to properly honor American food greats. I wasn't in the mood for typical BBQ food for dinner tonight (i.e. hamburgers and hot dogs) so I went a similar BBQ route and picked up a few bratwurst and gigantic steak and chicken kebabs from Whole Foods. I couldn't decide on a marinade so I decided on a mix and match of a few different - Teriyaki steak, Jerk chicken, chicken Asada and BBQ chicken. Apparently, the butcher who assembles them has never tried them so she requested we keep a report card to give her feedback. The grill is out of commission due to uncooperative weather, so I'll probably just broil them. The brats will be boiled in beer and onions and served with German mustard (and of course whatever anyone wants on them which for SO includes loads of ketchup and often Ranch...whaa??)

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                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  I'll have to give Popeye's a try one day fldhky. They're not as abundant here in Canada however someone mentioned that there's one not too far from our office so when it's nicer walking weather, I'll have to pop by one day.

                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                    It's my favorite fried chicken take out when I can't get grandma's good ol' Southern fried chicken. I also enjoy the red beans and rice, and the mashed potatoes which really are a poor rendition of mashed potatoes but for some reason I can't get enough of them with the gravy with little pork bits. I was inspired by suzigirl who likes to dip the bright-yellow-butter-laden biscuit in the red beans and rice to dip it in my mashed potatoes the other day and boy was it oh so good.

                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      Mmmm, my stomach is growling! I MUST go here soon!!

                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                        I admit it. I am a biscuit dunker from way back. I also have been seen dragging them through the mashed potatoes and gravy. How can a dunker resist?

                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                          Interesting. I like dipping the crispy fried skin into my mashed potatoes and gravy.

                          1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                            What isn't good dunked into those mashed potatoes and gravy? Oh great, now I want Popeye's again.

                    2. Happy Independence Day my fellow "mutts"! Cooking for 6 tonight and will get into the details later. But the star of the show is USDA grade prime beef prime rib. We are going to watch the movie Stripes while snacking before dinner. Very appropriate for the 4th of July...

                      "John Winger: Cut it out! Cut it out! Cut it out! The hell's the matter with you? Stupid! We're all very different people. We're not Watusi. We're not Spartans. We're Americans, with a capital 'A', huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We're the underdog. We're mutts! Here's proof: his nose is cold! But there's no animal that's more faithful, that's more loyal, more loveable than the mutt."

                      Enjoy and be safe today!

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                        1. re: Fowler

                          Prime rib!!!! [Drool, Drool, Drool] I want to come to your house. As for the movie, I saw it years ago and I think I laughed so hard I peed my pants! Good choice.

                          1. re: Fowler

                            Tonight will be BBQ. Beer Can Chicken on the grill, along with grilled corn on the cob. On the side is cole slaw with my "secret sauce". Munchies this afternoon is chips with guacamole dip. It's a good day. Staying home and off the roads seems like a safe bet. And yes, there will be wine.

                            Happy 4th to all and Happy Independence day to all our US hounds.