Any plans for the 4th?
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I'm having a cook-out for everyone on Friday. Hopefully the weather will hold, for the past 3 weeks, it has started out sort of sunny, hot and humid, and by early afternoon thunder storms move in. I'm going for it anyways, there's plenty of room inside (and air conditioning).

Here's the menu:

Stuffed Mushrooms w/ Swiss and tarragon

Tomato Mozzerella Tart

Meatballs in sweet and sour sauce (got the recipe here but can't remember who)

Spinach salad with blueberries and mandarin oranges w/candied pecans, citrus vin

Pasta Salad with Fresh Mozzerella and Basil (Lab's)

Potato Salad (Mom's)

Clam Chowder

Shrimp Salad in Phyllo cups


Hot Dogs


Texas Brownies

Orange Blossom Cupcakes (Daphne, I think!)

Fruit Kabobs with Pineapple Dip

And some sort of ducky app with cherry relish (thanks, Jean)

Whatcha all doing to celebrate?

  Re: Any plans for the 4th? by pjcooks (I'm having a cook-ou...)
Awright! Here's the recipes I want

Stuffed Mushrooms w/Swiss and tarragon
Tomato Mozzarella Tart
Meatballs in Sweet and Sour Sauce
Potato Salad (Mom's)
Shrimp Salad in Phylo cups [what kind of cookware do you use?]
Texas Brownies
Fruit Kabobs with Pineapple Dip

Think you can handle that? It all sounds good PJ dear.

I'm planning on staying home and maybe cooking something. Like those rolls with the crab sauce and shrimp Jean posted pictures of...the 800 lb gorilla can take the fixin's to the coast and my sister Carol can put it together and into the oven.
Don't wait too long to tell someone you love them.

  Re: Re: Any plans for the 4th? by bjcotton (Awright! Here's the...)
I think Jennifer will be home - don't know if she'll be working. If she is it'll just be Bob and I - something on the grill, movies, a hot tub, and to bed early so we can get up and go to the Farmers' Market in the morning. He's on call so those plans could change. But we're hoping for the best.
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  Re: Re: Any plans for the 4th? by Harborwitch (I think Jennifer wil...)
Having a cookout with new bride DD and hubby, new in-laws, neighbor family, grandma and Aunty. Menu is very simple:
BBQ steak w/garlic rub
Hot Dogs (Sugardales imported from OH)
Broccoli Salad (mmm this one has bacon and grapes)
Potato Salad (with hard boiled eggs)
Baked Beans
Relish and Dip trays
Vanilla Fudge Swirl in Sugar Cones
Then fireworks at the County Fairgrounds
Haven't had sleepover company since the girls lived home LOL
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  Re: Re: Any plans for the 4th? by farnfam (Having a cookout wit...)
Hah! Hah! I'm going to go down and spend the 4th with Bob and long as I don't have to go boating You know what water was made for don't you?
Don't wait too long to tell someone you love them.

  Re: Re: Any plans for the 4th? by bjcotton (Hah! Hah! I'm goin...)
No boating this trip - Bob and Bill have the seats out of the runabout! Besides smart people don't go near the river on the 4th! It's a flippin' zoo out there.

Just lots of good food and visiting Sweetie!!! I am so excited!!!!1
You only live once . . . but if you do it right once should be enough!
  Re: Any plans for the 4th? by pjcooks (I'm having a cook-ou...)
Sounds like fun!

We're going to be hosting an open house for teenage daughter's HS graduation on Sunday, so I'll be in preparation mode until then.

Here's her graduation photo (one of them anyway) [Image: IMG_1993CROPPED-1.jpg]

Menu (her choices)
Pulled pork sandwiches
Pasta Salad
Potato Salad
Fruit and Vege trays (my recommendation)
Homemade cookies (she's baking)

It's from noon to 4 and we've invited about 200 people, but since it's a holiday weekend are expecting about half to stop by.
  Re: Re: Any plans for the 4th? by HomeCulinarian (Sounds like fun! [br...)
We have a blended family that has trouble getting together at the same time. Christmas is impossible, the 4th is our time--we have a pool--a magnate--kids, grandkids, and they all like each other!!--
Indiana, Austin, Plano--they all come--
4th--baby backs, brisket, sausage, Hatian cole slaw, lemon potato salad, Hickory house beans,,Hatch chili dip, salsa, mango sorbet, blueberry cheesecake

All this after Belgian waffles and bacon in the morning.

5th--shrimp with sauces--then pizza and Caeser salad
6th--New Orleans brunch--Turtle soup, and custom omlet with tasso. Fruit salad.
Bloody bulls, salty dogs, mimosas, Gewurtz, and downhill from there!!
"He who sups with the devil should have a. long spoon".
  Re: Re: Any plans for the 4th? by Old Bay (We have a blended fa...)
Bill - with a set up and menu like that, what's not to like? Have a great time with the whole gang.
  Re: Re: Any plans for the 4th? by HomeCulinarian (Bill - with a set up...)
I'm about to pull a "Lorraine" and start changing my menu after reading all these great ideas!!!

Oh Bill, long time ago I made a Crabmeat omelet with a Tasso Hollandaise that was just out of this world - haven't made it again.....hmmmmm

Some old friends are coming for the 4th party, so will have fun cooking for them on Saturday - will play with the crab stuffed dinner rolls for them.

We're doing brats in beer, a couple of appys, maybe LJ's Grandma's Greek salad and a couple of desserts. Everyone is bringing a dish, so won't have to do much. Don't know yet what I'm making...been too busy with Capt. Jay's fish! He's gone now, but boy did we pig out on the bounty he brot with him.

Geez, this is Thursday, isn't it??? Guess I'd better get my butt in gear...

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O.K., I'm good to go, here's what we'll be putting out for our part tomorrow

Honey-Peppered Goat Cheese w/Fig Balsamic drizzle
White Stilton w/apricot & crackers
Good old Lipton's onion dip w/salsa added & chips
Brats with all the garbage
LJ's Grandma's Greek Pasta
"Double the Yum Cake" - don't you love the cake name? it's a chocolate sheet cake with a layer of peanut butter spread over while it's still warm, then topped with a chocolate glaze. What's not to love
Banana Cake topped with cream cheese (cardamom, cinnamon & rum) and toasted walnuts.

guess, I'd better get busy.

Have a wonderful holiday to all of us!
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