We don't often venture into kitschy territory with food (bad childhood memories of green milk on St. Patrick's Day), but there are a lot of dishes you can make that are red, white, and blue without feeling forced. And if you don't like our suggestions, you can always stick to a flag cake (or the more modern fruit flag!)...
It is almost July 4th again. Summer has finally arrived, and it is time to take to eating outdoors. Which wines will you serve for your gatherings and celebrations? Do you feel nationalistic and always choose American wines or does it matter, as long as you are having fun?
Yes, we have talked about this before. We've written about making perfectly juicy burgers and how to build one (complete with diagram). But this weekend being a burger-noshing holiday, we thought more tips couldn't hurt. The Times interviewed 30 chefs to find out what makes a good burger, and they've got some advice...
The 4th of July is barely two weeks away; do you have a big bash planned for your back stoop? Will the grill be going in full force? Well, we're not waiting until the last minute to give you ideas for a classy Independence Day celebration. Here are a few recipes from the archives to get you thinking about Independence Day, plus a couple good ideas for the table that fit the theme.
Yesterday we took a "Hot or Not" vote on flag cakes (at the time we're writing this, it's pretty much a tie), and then we saw this smaller, round version. Just as festive, but not quite as kitschy. We vote "hot."
See another photo, without the raspberries, below...
Have you ever made one of these? We certainly have. These sheet cakes iced with white frosting and topped with strawberry (or raspberry) stripes and blueberry stars are all the rage on the 4th of July. But are they sweet? Or too cutesy?
Click below for a new twist on the flag cake from (who else?) Martha Stewart.
Friday July 4th - we'll be off tomorrow (except for a couple special posts - think cocktails). We're curious about your food plans. Are you cooking out? Staying in and enjoying the three-day weekend? Are you going for classic July food - corn, steaks, grilled vegetables, fruit pie? Or are you celebrating in some other way?
Tell us about your July 4th traditions and plans here!
July 4th is a very important celebration. When thinking about what wines to choose, many people feel particularly nationalistic on that day and opt for wines produced in the United States. Bravo!
Americans should feel very proud of their country’s position in the global world of wine. Despite being a relative newcomer in terms of wine consumption the United States is now the largest wine market in the world by value, with 2007 sales tipping $30 billion. What an achievement for a nation that has struggled with the aftermath of Prohibition, and still has one of the most complex wine distribution networks in the world.