Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day!!!

We had a wonderful day today with good friends and good food.  Since I had prepped almost everything yesterday, I didn't have a lot of work to do today.  I made potato salad, cole slaw, deviled eggs with bacon, and shredded the pork tenderloin for pulled pork.  Our friends brought dessert, so I didn't have to do that.  It was pretty hot to start with, but by the late afternoon, it was comfortable to sit outside and visit.  I took some pictures to show you.  

For appetizers, I made fresh salsa, deviled eggs with bacon, & onion dip.  We picked up a veggie platter and some chips also.
Deviled eggs with bacon.  Seriously delicious!

Veggies, chips, dip, & salsa

Marc rubbed down all of the ribs. We had 4 racks of baby backs and 4 racks of country style ribs that went on the smoker at 11:00 am.
Baby back ribs ready to go into the smoker


Ribs in the smoker, the other grill is heating up for meaty goodness!
We also fired up the gas grill to cook smoked kielbasa, margarita marinated chicken breasts, teriyaki marinated skirt steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot sausages.

Our friend, Al, with all of the grilling meats
I made Barbecue sauce, potato salad, cole slaw, pulled pork, and corn on the cob.  I forgot to take pics of the salads, but got one of the corn.
 Jamie, Danielle, and Jo-Ann made the desserts.  Jamie made chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting, silver edible pearls, and fresh strawberries & blueberries.  Danielle made Pina colada cake with chocolate icing, and Jo-Ann made Marc's favorite crumb cake.
Jamie did all this with a toddler in the house!

Super delicious pina colada cake!

Jo-Anne's crumb cake.  The topping is sooooo good!
I didn't get any shots of everyone who was here, but we had a total of 21 people come over throughout the day.  It was wonderful to visit with everyone and enjoy some seriously delicious food.  We have a lot of left-overs, who's coming to help eat them?

I hope everyone had a safe 4th of July holiday, and have a good week.  I know I don't want to go back to work after such a nice, long weekend!



  1. LOVE all of that food :)
    I've just started WW to finish off the baby weight and I'm trying to keep myself motivated by posting the recipes!

  2. Hi Jennifer! I love to cook, even healthy stuff. I'm picky about bbq, being a southern girl and all, and it'a really hard to find good bbq in NY! I hope you'll visit again! :)