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!


to drink:

fruit-infused tequila
lucky dogs (guava nectar cocktails)


deviled eggs
fried okra
marinated cheese*
black bean salsa*


grilled vegetable caponata
sweet summer corn
quick-pickled carrots*
marinated eggplant*


tomato bread pudding
Mexican-style pork tenderloin sandwiches


strawberry ice cream
Mojito popsicles
gingersnap-crusted mascarpone tart

*designates no-cook items (i.e., you don’t have to turn on the stove, oven, or grill!)




  1. “For many of us, I suspect it was, or is becoming this way, and I think that is a very good thing, indeed.”

    I agree! What a wonderfully-good thing, and how much more all-American can you get than the integration of diversity into a nation of immigrants!

    A very happy 4th to you and yours, Nishta, and congratulations on winning the web award! You deserve it! 🙂

    Comment by Paris Karin (an alien parisienne) — July 2, 2011 @ 4:42 am

  2. Congratulations on the award! Well-deserved.

    Comment by Lesley — July 2, 2011 @ 8:03 am

  3. NISHTA! I jumped on the computer to check out your blog after reading the Press today. The fact that you are on the list lends credibility to the list…I will be checking out the other blogs now.

    Congratulations, and thanks for the food hints.


    Comment by Kimberley — July 3, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

  4. Congrats on your blog award! As for listing favorite summer treats from past posts, I’d include your Blueberry Boy Bait cake recipe from a couple years ago! My just cleaned baking dish is ready for a batter refill of that yummy blueberry cake!

    Comment by Melissa — July 3, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

  5. Paris Karin–thank you so much!

    Lesley–thank you, I appreciate you saying that.

    Kimberley–you are so kind, thank you for the compliments & enthusiasm. I really appreciate it!

    Melissa–I’m so glad to hear that you have enjoyed/continue to enjoy that recipe…it’s always gratifying to know that there are people out there, cooking things you’ve shared!

    Comment by Blue Jean Gourmet — July 4, 2011 @ 9:21 am

  6. Very cool! Congratulations Nishta. Well deserved!

    Comment by Gemma — July 7, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  7. Congrats on your blog award!And looks like it was a delicious 4th of July Menu.

    Comment by lance — July 25, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

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