Daily Archives: July 3, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

On July 4, 1776, the “United States” declared its independence from England.

Today, we celebrate the day with fireworks and lots and lots of grilling!  I can remember, growing up, the day was spent swimming in our pool, lazying around in the spa, and having hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni and potato salads, and baked beans!

This year, I think I’m going to make Bratwurst with caramelized onions and spicy mustard!  I love grilled Bratwurst and it’s a nice change from the usual hamburger/hot dog routine.  Of course, I’ll have to stake out the lonely charcoal grill at our apartment pool in order to make them!

I’m a big potato lover, and since we’re doing Brats, I’m thinking of doing a German-style potato salad (you know, one that is sans mayonnaise, one of my food enemies).  Anyone have any good potato salad recipes (if they’re German, that would be AWESOME)????

I’m also thinking of doing deviled eggs.  I know they’re kind of an Easter thing, but they’re just so darn good (and easy!)  I’ll post a recipe for some soon.  I’m thinking of stuffing mine with green olives and bacon.  We’ll see.

Anyone have any other suggestions.  What’s everyone making for America’s birthday??  Any cutesy ideas?  In Food Network Magazine’s July/August issue, Tyler Florence has a great drink idea that’s really cute (and uses Pop Rocks!).  Unfortunately, Food Network seems to have not posted the “recipe” but I’ll give it to you, since I have the magazine:

Coat glass rims with Pop Rocks by dampening with lemon juice, then dip the rims in the crushed candies on a place.  Use Tropicla Punch (blue) Pop Rocks, then fill the classes with any red drink or cocktail; suggestion: mix pomegranate and cranberry juice with seltzer; my suggestion: throw in some watermelon vodka to make it an “adult” drink!

Courtesy of Food Network

Tyler Florence's Red White and Blue Cocktails

I’m definitely going to try these out tomorrow. Any more tips or tricks for 4th of July foods, please comment!  And have a wonderful, safe, happy Independence day!

Taste the Fun

Fairs aren’t really my thing.  They’re loud, crowded, hot, and filled with 13 year-olds dressed like they should be out working the streets.  The food is overpriced, everything is fried (which may or may not be a bad thing), and I almost always step on gum.

However, I might make an exception to my “No Fairs” rule this year.  The San Diego Fair seems to have had me in mind when they created their theme for this year–”Taste the Fun”.

In true Fair tradition, the SD County Fair boasts a plethora of fried food favorites–Australian Battered Potatoes, Funnel Cakes, Chocolate Dipped Pickles, Chocolate Dipped Bacon, and Deep Fried:

  • Klondike Bars
  • Krispy Kreme Donuts
  • Chicken
  • Snickers
  • Hamburgers
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Oreos
  • and…………….BUTTER.  (appropriately sold at “Heart Attack Cafe”)

and much, much more.

Fairs are splurges, both for wallets and stomachs.  I don’t have a deep fryer and honestly, don’t think I ever will.  The oil that just sits in there until you use it grosses me out.  So fried food is limited to frying pans in my household and in general, it’s just…limited.  However, if I did by s ome miracle decide to visit the SD County Fair, I would go all out (and probably feel absolutely sick by the end of the day).

I have tried the deep fried avocados with fried green tomatoes, and you know what?  They were pretty freakin amazing.  The deep fried twinkie has always intrigued me, but I’ve never been brave enough to actually spend money on one, and then bite into it.  And you will never catch me anywhere near deep fried butter.  Ever.

Aside from all the fried food and junk food (cotton candy, caramel corn, etc.) the Taste of Fun theme included cooking lessons!  Seriously!  There were daily cooking demonstrations this year at the fair, as well as local chef appearances with special topic discussions and demonstrations.  (One of them was chickpeas, and we all know how much I adore those things!)

The Fair ends this Monday, July 5 and I’m sad to say  I never got a chance to go and “taste the fun”.  But, there’s always next year for that deep fried klondike bar :D

What’s YOUR favorite fair food??  Would you be brave enough to take a bite of deep fried butter?

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