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Sunday, July 04, 2010

First remember, then let's get to the grub

Happy Birthday, America. Go out and have some fun.  Please remember, our differences are our strength and what make this great country the envy of all others.  On this Independence Day, it wouldn't hurt to revisit the document that starts it all, so to speak.  So thanks to the Boston Globe, here's a link to the full text of the Declaration of Independence.

Now, how about a little discussion about your favorite 4th of July foods.  For me it has to be something off an outdoor grill and nothing says America more than a great burger.  Is there any better burger than one off your grill on this special holiday?  I think not.  For me it's grilled medium, with cheese, tomato, lettuce and dill pickle, mayo and mustard.  My favorite grill side dish is a simple potato salad.  For a beverage, I find nothing goes better with a grilled burger than a cold ale and my favorite is Shipyard Export from right here in Maine.

UPDATE:  While tinkering with the blog, I came upon this piece I wrote for Independence Day four years ago.  I'm quite proud of this one.  Give it a read and let me know what you think.


Anonymous said...

4th of July in Maine for me was always Lobsta, corn on the cob, potato salad and strawberry short cake... haven't done that in a while, maybe next 4th I will bring back the tradition.


Anonymous said...

Potato Salad is definitely one food of choice for Independence Day, usually with a good steak on the grill...this year we have our own grass fed beef from the freezer, and I personally like strawberry shortcake with home made biscuits and whipped cream...I also pour a little vanilla coffee creamer on the biscuits before adding the other ingredients. Yum! The beverage of choice is Sam Adams summer ale or Blue Moon Belgian White Ale. Now I have to go to the store...forgot to buy the beer! Uh Oh!

R.J. said...

Since I'm cooking for myself today due to my cold I'm grilling hot dogs on my George Foreman. Unlike Joey Chestnut I'm going to eat approximately 50 less than him and I'll be able to taste mine.

deb said...

I remember 4th of July as hotdogs and barbecued burgers. Happy Fourth to you all!

Zebster said...

I can't believe an invite didn't come along with that grass fed steak comment. :)
Deb, what kind of traditions do NZers have?

deb said...

We have Waitangi Day, which is the equivalent I guess of the 4th of July. It celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the British Crown and the Maori.

Waitangi Day is all about summer and barbecues and being at the beach and fireworks - very similar to the 4th.

We also have Guy Fawkes Night on 5th November - lots of big fireworks that night.

Christmas is in summertime here, of course. Boxing Day is the day after Christmas, and is a public holiday here. The beach plays a big part of Christmas and New Year in New Zealand.