4th of july recipe roundup

It doesn’t feel much like July around here. Rain is dripping from the plum tree outside my window, the yard is well-watered, and the thermometer reads an oh-so-toasty 50 degrees. Happy 4th!

But for those of you planning shindigs in other, more temperate parts of our lovely country, or even here in the rain, here’s a list of ideas for your menu.

Poblanos Stuffed with Chipotle Mac n Cheese. Spicy, creamy, lovely. Throw your guests one of these instead of the usual brat and they’ll kiss the (sodden) ground that you walk on.

Cuban Pork. Toss it in the Crock Pot and forget about it. You’ve got more important things to do…like drink icy cold beer.

Burg’s Potato Salad, Sort Of. Tater salad is back on our table in a big way thanks to Molly Wizenberg’s recipe.

Fresh Corn, Avocado and Mango Slaw. Sweet corn? Good. Ripe Tomatoes? Good. Creamy avocado? Good. Mango? Good. This slaw? Even better.

Lemon Sour Cream Cups. They’re all dressed up in red, white and blue.

Compost Cookies. It’s the right thing to do.

Double Chocolate Brownies. It’s really the right thing to do.

And for all of those 4th of July leftovers, there’s…

Throwaway Biscuits. Mix in your leftover sausages, cheese and veggies and you’ve got breakfast.

And some apropos recipes from my favorite blogs:

Strawberry Sheet Cake from Homesick Texan

Mediterranean Roasted Potato Salad from Velveeta Ain’t Food

Ponchatoula Strawberry and Brown Butter Shortcake from Ezra Pound Cake

Braised Short Ribs from Pioneer Woman

Best BBQ Chicken with Simple Barbecue Sauce from The Bitten Word

Have a very happy (safe) weekend! Don’t blow off any fingers. Don’t let your husband blow off any fingers. Eat great food. Drink delicious cocktails. Or mocktails. And wish the Pacific Northwest a few moments of sunshine—it just doesn’t feel like the 4th without it.

-RDG