'4th of July' on Serious Eats

Expert Tips: Beer and Wine for Your 4th of July Cookout

A casual cookout isn't the time for fancy, expensive drinks, but we love to find out what the experts are sipping, whether it's American-brewed ales or locally made wine. We asked a few brewmasters and restaurant wine directors to share their tips for the ultimate July 4th party: the best beer and wine for burgers, hot dogs, and more. Here are their picks. More

4th of July Beer Pairings

Independence Day is the ultimate cookout day; family and friends gathered in the backyard, food, fun, and fireworks. Plus, the day wouldn't be complete without a cold brew (or three) to wash down all that grilled meat. Here are a few pointers to help you make the most of your patriotic pairings. More

Bar-Graphing Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Champs

Will another light-green bar, signaling a new world record, make its way onto this chart tomorrow? Will Joey Chestnut, the only American since 1999 to win the Mustard Belt, hold onto his title? He would make 1916 champ James Mullen proud. [via Waxy.org] Related: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Shortened to Ten Minutes Photo of the Day: Patriotic Hot Dog from Nathan's... More

Classic Cookbooks: Cake Recipes from 'The Taste of Country Cooking'

For a long time I was more intimidated than excited by The Taste of Country Cooking, the late Edna Lewis’s remarkable account of the foods she ate growing up in a farming community called Freetown, Virginia. Her beautiful and evocative descriptions of a life so wonderfully attuned to the earth and the seasons seemed to preclude preparing her recipes with meat and produce from the supermarket; how could they possibly compare, and wouldn’t it be sacrilege? Lewis doesn’t try to make her reader feel that way—writing in 1976 she recommended Perdue chickens to those of us who can’t find better. But a supermarket bird hardly seems enticing when you’ve been reading about the antics of the chickens of Freetown. Last... More

Menu: Fourth of July Grillfest

©iStockPhoto.com/ZekaG Fires on the Fourth don't have to be exploding lights in the sky—they can be just as good, if not better, when they're cooking dinner in the backyard. To that end, here are a few items to put on (or alongside) the grill this Friday. These dishes may not be not typically American, but hey, this is a country that accepts and celebrates all cultures. Especially ones with tasty, tasty food. Grilled Ratatouille Rosemary Shrimp Bourbon-Glazed Baby Back Ribs Strawberry Bavarian Previous Grillfests Memorial Day Grillfest Father's Day Grillfest... More

In Videos: MacGyver's 4th of July BBQ

How can you prepare a 4th of July barbecue MacGyver style? Let him teach you in this instructional video! "All I need are some potatoes, a huge block of ice, this carrot right here, maybe some more ice, some fresh eggs, and a bottle of whatever this is." Your final product may only be marginally edible, but at least it'll be ready in time for tomorrow's festivities. When you want results, MacGyver delivers. Watch the video after the jump.... More

Forbes Traveler Picks the 'Awesome' 4th Foods

Humorist Russell Baker once said in the New York Times, “the Fourth of July reminds me of hot dogs because for years I have felt an obligation to eat hot dogs on this holiday." Besides dogs, what do you think of as historically 4th foods? Forbes Traveler says the six-pound "Ye Olde 96er from Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub in Central Pennsylvania, red skin potato salad from Gus’s Barbecue in Pasadena, and they just can't deny the frank from Nathan's on Coney Island.... More

Menu: 4th of July Picnic

©iStockPhoto/DNY59 What with all the fireworks and festivals, July Fourth is a holiday that especially lends itself to spending time outdoors. Maybe it's a Manifest Destiny thing. Or maybe it's just because it's nice and warm out. Either way, it's an excellent excuse to pull that picnic blanket out from wherever you put it on Memorial Day and enjoy lunch in the open air. Sweet Potato Fries Turkey and Coleslaw Sandwich Mango -Radicchio Caprese Ed Levine's Favorite Brownies Real Lemonade (And if these aren't enough suggestions for you, Mark Bittman has 101 more.)... More

Photo of the Day: Patriotic Hot Dog from Nathan's

"It is hard to argue that the frank at Nathan's is not the quintessential American hot dog," says Nick Solares in his post about the original Nathan's at Coney Island. The frank's patriotic quality stands out in his photo of the hot dog against a backdrop of the American flag—it's an ideal food for the 4th of July. We first saw this photo in Nick's Photograzing post. Be sure to share your most photogenic eats at Photograzing, Serious Eats' new food photography-sharing site.... More

In Videos: Fast Food Fireworks

How often do you wait in a drive-thru line and think, boy, I could eat this ... or just blow it up! There's a little explosives-obsessed eight-year old boy in all of us. So embrace him this weekend--it's one of the few times you can. After the jump, watch a Whopper, Double Whopper, soft taco and all your favorite fast-food delicacies burst into a gazillion tiny pieces. It's pretty satisfying.... More

Eat to Beat the Heat: Hot Weather Recipes

You're facing a long holiday weekend with a good chance of scorching temperatures and intense humidity. A bowl of cold cereal sounds so much more appealing and easier than the thought of actually cooking. So what to eat to beat the heat and still keep you satisfied? Check out these no-frills, fuss-free recipes. More recipes for heartier fare after the jump. For Light Appetites Market Baby Potato SaladQuinoa Salad with Asparagus, Dates, and OrangeBlue Smoke's Iceberg Wedges with Roquefort Dressing... More

In Videos: Celebrating July Fourth on 'Star Trek'

Have an out-of-this-world Fourth of July with the help of your favorite spacefaring crew of the original Star Trek series. Knock back some space beers and rock out with this catchy song about how the Enterprise celebrates the holiday: "We've got space burgers and fries all over the place / Independence Day is even more fun in space." It may not make much sense, but who cares when you have space burgers? Watch the video after the jump.... More

Cook the Book: 'Margaritas, Mojitos & More'

Summertime is cocktail time. When the weather heats up, who wants to be weighed down by dark, heavy beers or glasses of lukewarm wine? Icy, blended drinks made from high-quality spirits and exotic fruits such as lychees, Asian pears, and kumquats are much more appealing. This week's Cook the Book selection, Margaritas, Mojitos, & More by Jessica Strand, is full of tempting recipes for classic summer cocktails with a twist. Author Jessica Strand shows you how to make any drink your "signature" by mixing and matching flavored vodkas, spices, and garnishes like fresh rosemary and sliced black plums. In addition to the lethal libations, there is a chapter dedicated to Calming Coolers—nonalcoholic drinks such as Blended Peach Creams and Pomegranate... More

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