Happy Independence Day! (And to our visitors from outside the U.S., happy Thursday!)
All across our great country today, patriotic folks will be slipping into swimsuits, cracking open cold beers, and firing up their grills. But just in case you didn't get a menu planned in time, these splendidly simple grilled sausages with their trio of dipping sauces have you more than covered.
Are you part of a CSA this season? I am, and for the next few months I'll be sharing my weekly CSA box with you — what I got, and how I plan to use it all up! Last week the season kicked off with greens, beets, and strawberries, and this week there's more of the same, but also shell peas and squash! Let's get to it:
weather has been a little damper than usual. Nonetheless, the grills are firing
up and the July 4th festivities are upon us. What wines are you planning on serving for your
party or gathering? For this national holiday my choices, as usual, are all
American. Check out these delicious reds for under $20.
Diving headlong into the heat of summer and dreaming of a cold, not-too-sweet treat? That's where I was when I decided I had to make an herbal ice cream float with homemade chamomile soda. Wild chamomile grows rampantly in my weedy front yard. We're having the patchy grass removed, which led me to pick all of the chamomile before the landscaper's trucks came along. In the midst of that hot, sweaty chore, a vision of chamomile ice cream floats drifted into my head.
Tomorrow is the 4th of July, Independence Day, and the high point of the year for sparklers, corn on the cob, and blueberry-strawberry desserts. Whatever would we do without blueberries and strawberries on July 4th? How else would we make our flag cakes and patriotic fruit pinwheels? But as I thought about what dessert to bring you today, I was inspired by the fact that red and blue fruits extend beyond our ubiquitous berry friends. And on the 4th of July I want to enjoy ripe summer fruit as much as possible.
So here is a trifle for your holiday that is really more fruit than cake, with cherries and raspberries and blackberries squeezed between homemade pudding and cream, meant to be eaten outside in the sunshine, before dips in the pool and runs through the sprinkler.
Q: My family has been enjoying grilled pizzas using your recipe and we are loving them! We are going to be hosting a party for the 4th of July, and wondered if you have ever made up the pizza crusts in advance and frozen them? And if so, do you just freeze the raw dough and pull out when it's time to throw on the grill?
It's time. Time to put away the steaming mugs of morning coffee and pour a glass of strong, rich, cooling iced coffee instead. From jars of cold-brewed coffee concentrate to the instant gratification of the Japanese iced coffee method, we have six ways to make great iced coffee, along with tips and recipes for iced coffee extras like vanilla ice cubes, to make your morning glass even better.
Here a sweet and clever idea for your July 4th drinks: star-spangled punch! This comes from a big 4th of July bash that Jenny Hobick threw last year; I love her styling and photos. And the sangria is especially great — want to see how she created those red stars?
Does the "outdoor space" where you live consist of little more than a concrete pathway and a postage stamp of grass? The outdoor living experts over at Sunset Magazine insist that this is enough to work with. Here are three ways that they say you can create your very own outdoor hangout for this 4th of July — and all summer long!
During summer, we can guarantee that we always have a pitcher of cold iced tea in the fridge, ready for afternoon sipping and impromptu visits from friends. But when it comes to the kind of iced tea, we like to mix things up from week to week. Along with all these other fresh takes on iced tea, we're eyeing a recipe for colorful, sweet mango iced tea.