As previously mentioned, Ilise and I hosted an Independence Day dinner party on our patio with a neighborhood fireworks display of impressive caliber and duration providing entertainment for one and all. (Well, not such a good time for the pets with the near-constant snaps, pops, bangs and booming explosions.)
Good thing we powered through the fatigue because this turned out to be a truly wonderful, low-key summer evening with friends AND some tasty tasty BBQ – exactly what we all wanted. The weather was perfect, the guests were witty and charming, food and drink was plentiful and delicious, and the fireworks were spectacular and long-lasting, albeit noisy and smoky.
Here’s what was served:
Appetizers: Grilled vegetables with Romesco sauce and Pea-guacamole dip; Refrigerator pickles; Savory shortbreads with pepitas & sesame; and Chipotle-roasted almonds
Main course: Smoked pork & beef ribs; Grilled chicken drumsticks; family recipe Caesar salad; Cole slaw; Potato salad; Baked beans; and Rolls
Desserts: Lemon tart with fresh berries; Homemade butter pecan ice cream; Apple pie; Chocolate-covered strawberries; and Cherries
- Ilise’s Step by step Process for Smoked Pork & Beef Ribs – lots of pix!
- Potluck Menu Breakdown – Recipes, pictures and yumminess for all
- Homemade Berry Lemonade – spike it or not, as you please
- And possibly a few more fireworks
How did you spend your 4th of July? Tell all in the Comments.