july fourth

A pile of Cajun fried chicken pieces.

Cajun Fried Chicken

Bathed in buttermilk and spiced ever so slightly, this Cajun-style fried hen is memorably moist inside, superlatively crisp outside, and gosh darn perfect through and through.

  • 35 M
  • 35 M
  • 23
Big fat juicy burger with caramelized onions, melted cheese, and a toasted hard roll

Best Burger

Brisket, short ribs, and chuck. When melded in just the right proportions, as here, they turn out the most luxe made-from-scratch burger we’ve ever experienced.

  • 50 M
  • 1 H
  • 17
Skillet on a grill filled with eggplant caponata--chopped eggplant, onions, fennel, onions, almonds, basil

Eggplant Caponata

Eggplant, celery, fennel, zucchini, onion, tomatoes, olives, raisins, and pine nuts, oh my! Sicilian heaven in the form of a pleasingly tart side dish of sorts.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 6
Confetti Cookies

Confetti Cookies

Cloudy with a chance of sprinkles. That’s our forecast for anyone who wishes to recreate the sugar cookies of their childhood.

  • 25 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 6
A lobster roll on a toasted split bun, stuffed with lobster in a creamy mayo and lemon dressing with some potato chips on the side.

Lobster Roll

A toasted bun cradling sweet-as-can-be lobster swaddled in mayo. Just like what you’ll find along the winding highways and byways of coastal Maine.

  • 25 M
  • 35 M
  • 17
A hot dog in a white bun with a squiggle of mustard on a wooden board.

The Best Hot Dog

Grilling. Boiling. Microwaving. Roasting. Campfiring. We’ve got the best ways to cook wieners right here, folks.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 20
A short glass filled with a mint mojito, muddled mint leaves, a wedge of lime, and several ice cubes.

Mexican Mojito

Inspired by its Cuban cousin, this Mexican mojito is sexy and suave thanks to a smooooooth tequila.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 2
Two slabs of bone-in smoked beef ribs.

Smoked Beef Ribs

Indulge your primal human instinct to throw some meat down on fire. [Insert caveman roar of satisfaction here.]

  • 30 M
  • 8 H
  • 2
A white bowl of sweet pickle relish with a spoon with a wooden handle in it

Sweet Pickle Relish

So long, Vlasic. Once you try your hand at making your own sweet relish, you can cross one more condiment off your shopping list.

  • 45 M
  • 1 D
  • 10
A spiced peach shortcake on a white plate with spiced peaches layered between two biscuit halves and topped with whipped cream.

Spiced Peach Shortcakes

Ethereally airy biscuits. Sweetly spiced stone fruits. This riff on classic shortcake swaps strawberries for the unexpected to really quite surprising and clamor-for-more effect.

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  • 25 M
  • 55 M
  • 0
Plum Kuchen

Plum Kuchen

Breakfast. Brunch. Onesies. Dessert. Midnight nosh. Heck, there’s no time of day or night that we don’t welcome this classic plum kuchen.

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  • 45 M
  • 4 H, 30 M
  • 7
An oval dish filled with roasted plums, topped with star anise.

Roasted Plums

Scented with star anise, not overly sweet, and just 25 minutes from start to finish. Talk about our sorta summer dessert.

  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 8
A square of rustic cherry tart, topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

Rustic Cherry Tart

Purplish cherries sink into a rich, fragrant frangipane as they bake into sweet oblivion and contrast spectacularly with the crisp puff pastry crust. Sounds terrible, eh?

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 2