North of Boston
[Jason Allen-Forest is the winner of yesterday’s giveaway!]
Happy Independence Day, everybody! Americans celebrate this day in many ways. For most of us it’s full summer weather, a time for gathering outdoors with family and friends, a day to appreciate that armed militia aren’t patrolling our streets and that we have some important rights and liberties.
And, of course, it’s a day for eating grilled food, delectable salads, refreshing desserts. In New England, if we’re lucky, the first cherry tomatoes and cucumbers are coming ripe. My favorite salad is a true Greek salad that I make like this:
- Cut cherry tomatoes (preferably gold ones) in half.
- Cube a fresh cucumber, with skin on if it’s a thin-skinned variety.
- Cube some feta cheese.
- Combine it all with some Kalamata olives, a handful of fresh oregano, and then drizzle olive oil on top.
- Serve with a sliced baguette for dipping in the sauce made by all those yummy ingredients. (Note: this picture includes onions ,which I personally would omit!)
For grilling? l like to skewer and grill shrimp that I marinated with lime juice, olive oil, chopped fresh cilantro, and a dash of habanero sauce. Or boneless chicken breasts dry rubbed with cumin, chili powder, salt, and a touch of coriander.
And dessert: it pretty much has to be red, white, and blue, right? The simplest dish would be local strawberries and blueberries mixed with a spoonful of sugar and a quarter cup of cognac served over vanilla ice cream. You can go all out and make a cheesecake topped with the same fruit mix, or a sheet cake with cream cheese frosting and strawberries and blueberries lined up like an American flag.
Whatever you cook today, wherever you celebrate, the Wicked Cozy Authors raise a glass for our freedom – yours and ours – to blog, to write, to debate the questions of the day without fear of recrimination or arrest. Happy 4th!
What’s your favorite Independence Day food? And what will you be doing today to celebrate?
Edith Maxwell writes the Local Foods Mystery series, the Speaking of Mystery series, short crime fiction, and possibly the John Greenleaf Whittier mysteries, too!