Food seems to be a big part of most holidays in the United States, and Independence Day is no exception. In our wide world, I know there are entire cookbooks, library shelves, and web sites devoted to Independence Day recipes, cooking tips, and the like. Although I encourage your perusal of these resources, the inner Julia Child wishes to share just a few simple culinary ideas for you to consider this holiday weekend:
- Think red, white, and blue. As in whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or plain yogurt topped with strawberries and blueberries; light cranshaw or honeydew melon paired with blueberries and cherries; homemade slushies.
- Think fruit. As in fruit salad; plain ‘ol watermelon slices; fruit pie of any form (apple, cherry, strawberry and rhubarb)…the possibilities are endless.
- Think iced. As in beverages, popsicles, and ice cream of every sort.
- Think barbecue. As in burgers, hot dogs, chicken, ribs, shrimp, swordfish, steak, corn-on-the-cob, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, asparagus, and anything else that strikes your fancy.
- Think light. As in lemon meringue pie, lemon pudding, berry smoothies, and grilled veggies.
- Think traditional. As in hot dogs and hamburgers, sandwiches, corn-on-the-cob, pickles, potato salad or cole slaw, and ice cream cones.
- Think outside the box. As in lox and bagels; Chinese take-out; and baked ham. (A little creativity and non-group-thinking never hurt anyone!)
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