"So, whaddaya doing for the 4th?" we casually infer, as though this very important holiday has actually trademarked the number four, stealing it from the other 9 digits. I mean no one says, "Are you staying home for the 25th?" or, "Did you buy a new dress for the 31st or are you going to wear that tight sequined one?" I mean really! If my husband gave me a card that said, "Happy 14th..." I think I'd spit.
Sure, sure. Hooray for the red white and blue, for amber waves of grain, for Betsy Ross, and the Statue of Liberty. Woo-hoo for the iconic gingham tablecloth, and finally a nod to the American way of abbreviating ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING.
I'm just saying I think this, of all days, deserve a title that takes longer than two seconds to say. And being the rebel I am, I have decided to combat this reticence with a menu that takes boring up a notch...and a half...and maybe a smidgen more, because a nod to taking a little extra time is long overdue. This post and the recipes are my way of saying that freedom is a precious thing, and it deserves more than a single syllable word or a familiar menu.
So, partying again with our friends the Neer's (can I just say I love giving Vicky a food assignment? 'Cause the bruschetta was off the charts yummy!), we spent our nation's birthday doing some of the familiar things: eating, laughing, and watching a little baseball. But in our heart of hearts, as our forks touched the plate, "The Fourth of July" was elevated to a place it deserved. Memorable. See our menu and decide for yourself:
Shitake Mushroom and Shallot Grilled Hamburgers with a Pimiento Cream Sauce, Sweet Potato, Apple and Radish Salad, then Bacon, Kale and Broccoli Salad, and for Dessert, a Kiwi and Blueberry Cream Cheese Tart.