It’s going to be a very different 4th of July this year. For starters, only immediate family will be here to celebrate, meaning no friends, or additional family coming into town to barbecue, and watch fireworks at our house. Usually on the 4th of July, our city does a 5K/10K run that I participate in, followed by a festive hometown parade down Sunset Boulevard. Not this year. The free firework show that lights up the sky at our local high school and can be seen from our deck isn’t happening either. However, that’s not stopping us from having a nice July 4th here at home. The delicious food is definitely going to be the highlight this year.
Independence Day is a day to reflect upon our freedom and what better way to celebrate than with some traditional American recipes, but also including a few others with a slight twist. When I cook for a small gathering, I prefer to mix it up with some old classics, but with new flavors. I always make a few appetizers for nibbling and grill some kind of protein with a few fabulous salads. Dessert is never forgotten, and even if I have a small gathering, I tend to make at least two sweet treats. I can never seem to narrow it down to just one. So, spark up the barbecue, only hug those in your immediate household, and have a happy 4th of July!