At Home: Celebrating the 4th on the 5th

A few weeks ago, Jen suggested that she and Louis come to the house for a July 4th barbecue, a tradition they’d missed last year. July 4th would fall on a Friday, making it a three-day holiday weekend. I suggested that we keep an eye on the weather forecast and pick the best of the three days. While the forecast for Friday, July 4th didn’t bode well — rainy and cool compliments of the outer western edge of Arthur, the season’s first hurricane — Saturday and Sunday were looking very good. They decided on Saturday, the 5th. And the weather couldn’t have been more perfect: sunny, low 80’s, with no humidity.

Jen and I discussed menu basics: franks and burgers for lunch; ribs for dinner. Jen would buy buns for Louis from a gluten-free bakery near their UES apartment, and I would fill in the rest. As for dessert, Jen came up with the idea of a clafoutis. It would, of course, have to be gluten-free so that Louis could eat it. A quick internet search showed that finding such a recipe would not be a problem.

Michael picked them up at Matawan station a little past noon. Twenty minutes later, they were at the house. First order of business: Lunch!

Louis and I had burgers. I had mine without a bun. Michael and Jen had franks with regular buns. Louis also had a frank without a bun.

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Gluten-free Buns

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Burger on Gluten-free Bun

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Hebrew National Frank on Regular Bun

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Busch’s Baked Beans

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Sour Kraut and Pickles

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Watermelon for Dessert

After lunch, Jen and Louis went off for a short walk. We all spent the rest of the afternoon lounging on the patio. Then, dinner!

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Amuse: Watermelon Gazpacho

Baby Back Ribs out of the oven and ready for the grill:
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On the Grill

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Half Rack

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Homemade BBQ Sauce

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New Jersey White Corn

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Homemade “Clairmont Diner Health Salad”

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Gluten-free Blueberry Clafoutis

“Red, White, and Blue”: Gluten-free Blueberry Clafoutis, Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream, and Homemade Whipped Cream

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Michael and I took Jen and Louis back to the station to catch a 9:30 p.m. train. As we were sitting in the car waiting for the train to arrive, we heard the sounds of fireworks. We didn’t know exactly where they were coming from, but turning in our seats, we could see the colorful displays lighting up the sky. A fitting end to our Independence Day celebration.

The photo set of this July 4th celebration can be seen on my Flickr here.

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