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Fireworks and Charcoal: Recipes for The Fourth

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RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEREDITH STEELE

Sticky watermelon faces, flames hitting the grill, neighborhood parades and night skies glittering with fireworks—these are my favorite Fourth of July scenes. I adore this hot and humid day of celebration and usually spend it with friends around a picnic table full of deliciously grilled meats and vegetables with a cool cocktail in hand.

These days, our families celebrate with flame-kissed fare, but did you know that the first Fourth of July parties boasted menus of rich turtle soup, salmon with egg sauce, green peas and apple pandowdy? My love for historical recipes runs deep, but I think this Fourth of July, I’ll be putting away my turtle catching net and lighting the grill instead.

RECIPES

Grilled Skirt Steak with Red Bell Pepper Chimichurri

Grilled Okra

Chipotle and Lime Roasted Potatoes

Grilled Cilantro-Lime Corn on the Cob

 Chilled Green Beans with Green Goddess Dressing

Summer Berries with Honey-Basil Whipped Cream

Raspberry Witbier Cooler

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