When I was growing up, we’d spend nearly every 4th of July (or the 3rd or 5th) at my grandma’s house. Oddly enough, I can’t remember much of the food other than blueberry cake and watermelon! My grandma would tell us the story of how, when she was growing up, every 4th, her father would announce at the end of the night “The Summer’s over!” It was something about how prepping for the 4th of July was a ton of work for their little candy store in Brooklyn, and then after the 4th, the school supplies came in… but now, every 4th, we all say “the Summer’s over!” and happily go about our remaining 8 weeks of summer activities.
Last night, my mom and stepdad and my sister and her boyfriend came over for a BBQ… and it rained. ALL DAY. i was so worried that it was going to turn into a “broil in” instead of a “cook out” but just as I was getting out the broil pans, I looked outside. It had stopped raining! I quickly got the grill going and put the food on so in case it started to rain, it would still be a cook out!
Let’s rewind, shall we? The very first thing I did after detailing the kitchen, was to set the table. In 3 years living with Adam, this is the FIRST time I set the table! What do we think?
We started the evening with
my everyone’s favorite chips, guacamole, and salsa from Valli Produce (the best produce market EVER) served in our fancy schmancy chip and dip bowl from Pearl! Were your ears ringing yesterday?? I couldn’t stop gushing over how sweet you are!
I made a huge salad with field greens, orange peppers, cucumbers, lowfat feta, avocado, and some Cardini’s Caesar for dipping.
Since it was a cook out, after all, I grilled some BBQ chicken breasts and some of my summer burgers and had tomato and romaine for sandwich making.
My mom was kind enough to bring her amazing potato salad! I don’t even try to make it because I can NEVER get it to taste right!
Then came dessert! (what, you thought all that was it?) I made a blueberry crunch! Usually, that’s my mom’s thing, but when I saw blueberries for $0.99/lb, I had to make one! The recipe is simple, usually: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 stick butter. Make crumbs. Put enough fruit in the bottom of a baking dish to coat the pan about 2 berries high. Top with crumbs. Bake at 350* until the fruit is “pooped” and the crumbs are brown.
I did a little something different: I substituted 1/4 c. of the regular flour for some of the coconut flour I’d gotten from Tropical Traditions. It was absolutely delicious, and beautiful!
My mom brought a nostalgic treat for us as well: huge strawberries with brown sugar and sour cream. Never had it? You must! Dip your strawberry in sour cream, then brown sugar, then eat. SO delicious! My very patriotic plate:
When we came inside, I pretty much crashed on the couch. Next thing I knew, it was 2 a.m. and I dragged myself to bed.
How was your Fourth?
I have a mall/pool date with my friend today, and I’m looking forward to just relaxing!