So what is everyone stoked to cook/bake/eat this weekend? Are there any particular Independence Day picnic foods you can't wait to eat or drink? Personally, I'm looking forward to a perfectly grilled cheeseburger, an ice cold beer, and my sister's killer tortellini salad.
First, let's define pork roll: a ham-like product made from spiced ground pork emulsified into a log about four inches across, wrapped in cloth, and cooked. Because of its preparation, pork roll doesn't technically fall under the government's umbrella of "ham," which is why ever since 1906, it's been referred to by its current name, pork roll. It's Spam for people who don't want to admit they like Spam, if you know what I mean.
If there's one thing that instills fear into the hearts and minds of American cooks, it's pie crust. I know. At one time, I was one of those people. Pie crusts were the Mumm-ra to my Lion-O, and it was all because they were a mystery to me. What makes them flaky? What makes them tender? And most importantly, how come mine used to come out like pliant pieces of leather instead of buttery and delicious?