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Jul 3, 2014 02:48 PM

What are you cooking for the 4th of July weekend?

I'm still trying to decide, and looking for some ideas to get out of our usual BBQ rut.

Tonight we are going to the beach for fireworks, so I'm packing a picnic with deviled eggs, tuna sandwiches, a ham & salami for my youngest guy, some pieces of fried chicken from the other night. Chips and pickles. Maybe bake some brownies or cookies to take. A huge water bottle full of the goose & lime juice for me, some IPA for the hubby.

But the rest of the weekend, I'm not sure. Bought sliders and also have some jalapeƱo cheddar dogs for the grill for lunches. Thawing out some bone in chicken breasts for bbq'd chicken one night. Bought a couple of rib eyes for another night. Also have a skirt steak thawing for some tacos, and bought a rack of baby back ribs, since they were a good price.

Have what I need for potato salad. Just need to pick up some corn on the cob and watermelon. Haven't thought any further about desserts too.

What is everyone else making for the holiday weekend?

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  1. I'm planning a roasted orzo salad, but trying to figure out what veggies to use. I have asparagus, eggplant, zucchini, green, and orange bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions. I've heard the Ina Garten recipe recommended, but not sure if I would be ok using more than just the eggplant and bell peppers included. Any thoughts?

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    1. re: SarahCW

      Yes, you can use any vegetables. It's very good.

      1. re: valerie

        Yay! I love roasted veggies, so I'm sure it will be delicious!

      2. re: SarahCW

        That's sounds great too! I love roasted vegs in a salad too.

      3. We host a July 4th party each year but unfortunately the weather is not looking good for tomorrow so I already postponed the party to Sunday. On the menu...

        Pigs in blankets
        Clam Dip
        Barefoot Contessa Guacamole Salad
        Chicken Fries (like chicken fingers but thinner strips-I get them for the kids but the adults love them too)
        Thai Pasta Salad
        Homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches
        Assorted pies

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        1. re: valerie

          Sounds great valerie, I'm missing my clam dip! And I have not heard of BC's guacamole salad, I'll have to look that one up. Hope you have sunny blue skies for your party!

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            We had a great day! The big hits were the guacamole salad (but I made it more like a salsa and served with chips) and my ribs are always a hit. Pigs in blankets are always popular with my crowd too.

            The clam dip tasted okay but I wouldn't make it again and surprisingly the pasta salad was not a huge hit either. I think it just came down to the fact that everyone was full from the appetizers and whatever room they had left, they saved for the ribs...people ate tons of ribs!

            And then there was pie, chocolate cream pie, my ice cream sandwiches, fruit. And then at the last minute I decided to make star-shaped Rice Krispie treats and I decorated them with red, white and blue, frosting and sprinkles.

            Nobody was hungry when they left!

        2. Our contribution to a friend's barbecue is a variation on a caprese salad: heirloom tomatoes, cukes, mozzarella cheese, all cut up into 1/2-inch cubes, with pitted Kalamata olives and garbanzo beans tossed with chiffonade basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. And I'll probably serve it on a bed of arugula.

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          1. ribs, grilled asparagus, grilled zucchini, 4 bean salad, peach pie.

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            1. re: rasputina

              Oh yum, that peach pie sounds good. We've got some really delicious peaches right now... Thanks for the idea!

            2. Oh Dirty, I finally found a place to meet on chow with my former LA hounds. Southern Style chicken (wings) and Waffle brunch. Then I'm filling up the rotisserie smoker with a few racks of baby backs, chicken wings and thighs, wild turkey legs, brats.

              They all come off at different times, so the flavor is somewhat different. Taking the chicken thighs and making Chinese stir fry with broccoli.

              Fried Fish, Hushpuppies, country fries, onion and tomato Sunday and left overs for a nightcap after delivery for the neighbors, I live in the land of the delta blues, where bartering is still king...

              Some local melons and fruit throughout the day and some yeast Rolls and Potato salad. Beer is on ice and midday Pina Coladas. Enjoy the show! Happy 4th foodie wkend. ~ck

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              1. re: CharlesKochel

                Sounds wonderful, CK! Are you still in LA or have you returned to the South?

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  I have returned south. We live way out in the country and do a lot of gardening, hunting, fishing and gathering. Yesterday we harvested about 150 ears of sweet corn - know as the best in the world, gorgeous tomatoes and we make sweet sun tea every day. It's the south and how I grew up - my culinary soul. I look forward to sharing some southern secrets.

                  I really miss the west coast seafood and some of the "masters of whatever they do." I had a black market spiny lobster dealer that would dive at night and deliver them in the morning, can't do that in Arkansas. . . great to re-connect!

                  1. re: CharlesKochel

                    Aw, how nice! Sounds great! I grew up in the country too.... Well, the northeast, but it was much more country than LA, hah!

                    Yea, a little hard to find spinies in AR but at least you've got craw dads, right??

                    Well, I for one miss your reports and gentile Southern charm in your posts! Come visit us when you can. And if I ever make it out to your neck of the woods, I'll give ya a shout....