Independence Day edition of food sections from around the country...

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In Utah they're talking about picnic fundamentals, with a visit to a clown picnic and recipes for bow-tie pasta (of course), grilled banana bread dessert, and tangy chicken. They also do a feature on lavender.

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In Indiana they're talking about Americans' devotion to the hot dog, along with a roundup of stylish grill accessories. They also have recipes for a quick Boysenberry Crumble and a reader's Peanut Butter Sheet Cake.

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The Chicago Tribune has a primer on salmon to help you sort through all the info. They also discuss the anniversary of The Silver Palate and give their own berry crumble recipe.

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In Florida they have a report from Crete on Greek food, including a recipe for the vegetable dish briam. They also recreate British comfort food bangers and mash with a slightly healthier recipe.