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Post# 428004   7/2/2020 at 09:22 (206 days old) by dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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With the holiday approaching in a couple days, I was wondering what everyone was making for their 4th of July feast?

The humidity has been terrible. I also don't want to open the back door to the house constantly to grill on the patio and go in and out constantly. I also don't want to turn on the oven, as air conditioning is so expensive as it is without adding more heat to the house.

We are having a couple over, a fellow vacuum collector and his boyfriend. They are coming from 4 hours away to celebrate with us. We are going to start by making home made salsa, using fresh home grown tomatoes.

For the meal, I thought I'd go outside to the grill early in the morning, before all the heat and humidity, and grill 2 pork loins that I've seasoned with BBQ rub before I froze them. We will finish them inside in the crock pot.
I'm making Hans Craig's Southern Potato Salad along with his recipe for BBQ coleslaw. Cucumber and onion salad withh IMO'S famous dressing. I'm making Depression Cake chocolate cupcakes in the microwave for desert. They come out moist and in no need of frosting.

So what is everyone's menu?

Post pictures on to this thread on the 'big day' and let's see how good all our feats turn out.

Post# 428032 , Reply# 1   7/2/2020 at 16:14 (206 days old) by Marks_here (_._)        
With everything going on

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Iím gonna do like I do on every holiday . . . stay to myself

Post# 428044 , Reply# 2   7/2/2020 at 18:49 (206 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I'm thawing a pork loin that I'll cut up into nice, thick chops and coat with Carolina Treet Barbecue Cooking Sauce to grill. It amazes me that pork loin chops at the grocery are like $5 or $6 a pound but you can get a whole pork loin for less than $2 a pound on sale and cut them yourself. I'm certainly not opposed to doing five minutes' worth of knife work to save that much. I'm also making coleslaw and I might make some baked beans as well.

A friend, her daughter and her roommate are coming over and will bring additional side dishes and dessert. The daughter, age 10, doesn't think she likes pork chops so I'll have some hot dogs ready to throw on the grill for her. She doesn't know what she's missing. One thing's for sure, though, we won't be eating outside. It's just too hot. Honestly, once we get past Fourth of July, I'm ready for cool weather.

Post# 428051 , Reply# 3   7/2/2020 at 23:12 (206 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


We'll be having——


On the grill: thick dry-rubbed rib-eye steaks, jumbo shrimps with lemon-butter & Old Bay seasoning, Mexican street corn and zucchini with olive oil and spiced vinegar (from the Philippines).


In the kitchen: coleslaw, potato salad, deviled eggs and watermelon. And maybe a chocolate-lemon cake if I don't run out of steam.


No baked beans. We always end up throwing most of them out.



Post# 428070 , Reply# 4   7/3/2020 at 11:25 (205 days old) by OldSuck (Houston, Texas )        

You have to have blueberry pie!
Oof! I forgot to get blueberries! 😖
I mean, you have to have strawberry pie! 😏

Post# 428089 , Reply# 5   7/3/2020 at 19:11 (205 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Peanut butter and jelly in the shape of a flag

Post# 428090 , Reply# 6   7/3/2020 at 19:18 (205 days old) by Gman (Ripon, CA)        

Sous vide ribs, 24 hour bath. More pics to come.

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Post# 428146 , Reply# 7   7/4/2020 at 13:05 (204 days old) by Dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        
Hans Craigís Southern Potato Salad

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Peel, boil, and mash 3 pounds of potatoes. Russet works best. The texture in this potato salad comes from the vegetables. And the Dukeís mayonnaise. Do not substitute anything else. Slice and cube approximately one half cup of sweet gherkin pickles. Slice and cube one red pepper. Cubed into approximately the same size as your pickles. Finely slice three or four green onions. Slice and cube two stalks of celery. To 1 cup of Dukes, add 2 tablespoons of vinegar. I prefer apple cider vinegar. Add 2 tablespoons of heavy cream to thin out the dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste. Combine with the vegetables And refrigerate for an hour. Gently fold into your mashed potatoes. Check the consistency and add a little more cream if need be. Refrigerate for four hours and serve. Oh itís the best.

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Post# 428152 , Reply# 8   7/4/2020 at 18:45 (204 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


Dry-rubbed rib-eye steaks
Barbecued chicken thighs
Mexican street corn
Three-squash medley
Thai peanut coleslaw
Potato salad
Deviled eggs
Shrimp Cocktail
Strawberry cream pie
(Yes, this is a lot of food. I enjoy preparing big holiday feasts, even if only for the two of us. We'll be having leftovers for a week!)

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Post# 428153 , Reply# 9   7/4/2020 at 19:38 (204 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Dinner was a success...

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So the pork loin chops were a success. Even the ten-year-old liked them; in fact, she volunteered to help me grill them. I let her paint on the barbecue sauce. Carolina Treet does wondrous things to pork. She also said she hated coleslaw but she went back for seconds of what I made. And I won't be throwing out any baked beans. There's only about two servings left over and I can handle that. Oh yes, and the adults liked everything, too.

Post# 428154 , Reply# 10   7/4/2020 at 19:53 (204 days old) by JustinAjax (Georgia)        

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Cheeses, honeycomb, fruit, crackers and some raw veggies/dips, etc. By the time we were eating our dinner my phone was charging in the kitchen so I didn't get any more pics.

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Post# 428155 , Reply# 11   7/4/2020 at 20:29 (204 days old) by Dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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Post# 428156 , Reply# 12   7/4/2020 at 20:37 (204 days old) by Dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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Barbecue rubbed pork loin, southern potato salad, barbecue coleslaw, 7-Up bread. So good. Happy Fourth of July.

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