July 1, 2011
1) So, I won an award yesterday. Many thanks to the Houston Press & Houston Web Awards for naming Blue Jean Gourmet the Best Food Blog in town; there’s a large, talented roster to choose from, and I am truly honored!
2) My mom’s birthday is tomorrow, and she’ll be here in Houston so we can celebrate it with her. She’s one of the most independent, opinionated, and determined people I know, and I love her so freaking much.
3) NPR’S Kitchen Window featured a wonderful piece about the diversity of foods being grilled across the nation this week—from Korean kalbi to Indian tandoori salmon—and the way that culinary diversity reflects the very greatness and strength of America, which the Fourth of July is designed to celebrate.
My memories of backyard Fourth of July cookouts growing up seem “all-American” on the surface—beer, grill, family time outdoors with bug spray—but when you look closer, there’s Hindi music blasting through the speakers and chili-pepper-butter on the corn on the cob. For many of us, I suspect it was, or is becoming this way, and I think that is a very good thing, indeed.
4) Below I have culled some recipes from past posts–foods that I think would be right at home among the cookouts and potlucks of the upcoming long weekend, featuring some of the summer’s best produce.
Whatever you’re up to this Fourth of July, please be safe, enjoy yourselves, & eat well as we Americans celebrate our great country!
*designates no-cook items (i.e., you don’t have to turn on the stove, oven, or grill!)