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Ed Levine's Caloric Journey, Week 177: Fourth of July Picnic/Barbecue/Party Eating Strategies, Serious Eaters?

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Like a lot of other folks I am facing a weekend full of picnics, barbecues, and parties of every stripe imaginable that invariably involve copious amounts of food. If I'm not careful, these kinds of weekends can kill me, caloric journey-wise. We all know the drill: You get to party/picnic/cookout. The host offers a drink. There are lovely and luscious-looking spreads and cheeses offered to accompany the drink. Sometimes there are crudites to save the day, sometimes not.

Last night was a perfect example. We went to a friend's for dinner an hour after we arrived on the island. Our hosts offered us a glass of prosecco and a choice of three dips: guacamole with tortilla chips, smoked tuna, and smoked shrimp and crab. I decided I would taste each one on a small cracker. That was going to work, except the dinner itself was delayed a half-hour and I was starving, so I ended up having two rounds of appetizers. I took a small piece of steak for dinner (there was a lot of steak to go around), a lot of salad, half an ear of corn, and some perfect little new potatoes with pesto and peas.

I did okay, not great, but I now realize that I need a plan for the weekend that features one barbecue, one dinner party, one huge pot luck July 4th party, and a beach picnic.

Here's what I'm thinking, and any and all helpful suggestions would be much appreciated.

These should do it—these should prevent a July 4th Caloric Journey Meltdown.

Happy July 4th, Serious Eaters. May your holiday be filled with friends, family, and seriously delicious food in small portions.

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