Independence Day BBQ

Hot Dog

Hot dogs and apple pie: It doesn’t get more American than that, right? Well, we had hot dogs, rabbit sausage, Mexican corn (elote) and strawberry-balsamic pie, and our friends are from all over the globe, but it sure was a great BBQ. And what’s more American than that?

Our friends Tania and Loc had people over to celebrate Independence Day on their rooftop deck. The temperature was pushing 100°F that day, which meant everyone was clamoring for the shade. We braved the heat for the sake of grilled meats, though. Christina brought rabbit sausage, Jason’s new favorite thing, while Erin insisted on good ol’ Hebrew Nationals for her July 4th menu. Erin made her family favorite cucumber-onion salad (recipe below) and a potato salad that uses goat cheese instead of mayonnaise so the heat wouldn’t make things too disgusting. Everyone found a spot in the shade of the umbrella and gathered around the great big table.

The Guests Arrive

Obligatory Us Photo

Colorful Placesettings

Our Hosts - Tania & Loc

McClure's Relish

Enjoying the Food

The Goods

Cucumber-Onion Salad (at lower left in photo above)

2 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced (leave a small bit of peel for decorative purposes; use a mandoline to get really thin slices)
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup white vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. It tastes like summer!


Sunset over Manhattan


We ate dessert in their air conditioned apartment. Strawberry-balsamic pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds, plus homemade lemon meringue by Christina and a lemon-olive oil cake from Pam rounded out our citrussy, tasty dessert spread. Once the sun had set, we made our way back upstairs to see if we could spy the fireworks, despite their location over the Hudson. And we could see them, sorta.

Fireworks in the Distance

Jason was committed to getting a great fireworks shot.

Patient and Hopeful

Erin preferred her view.

A better view!

6 Responses

  1. Cele says:

    I just made that cucumber salad on Sunday, Erin! (and, it’s all gone, I might add…) I add thin sliced peppers and/or tomatoes if I have them, that’s my only change. Love your photos!

  2. Erin's Mom says:

    I love the meringue “fingers”. Great pics. I really enjoy your blog!

  3. miko says:

    that was a hot, but really fun day. and we need to do it again already!


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