Eating Our Way Through Independence Day: a Photoblog

Our son Baguette, daughter-in-law Truffle, and grandson Pesce are here for the week, along with our daughter Escargot and her boyfriend. We celebrated with a few favorite recipes, and I couldn’t resist taking photos. Here are the most appetizing ones IMHO:

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Dry-rubbed beef brisket on the smoker

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Smoked dry-rubbed beef brisket

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Truffle’s pork tenderlion with spätzle

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Grilled ribeyes & artichokes

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Ditalini’s Mandarin orange salad

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The deMenthes & guest

Some of these recipes are already on the blog:

The rest I’ll get to soon: Ditalini’s Swiss chard with bacon and feta cheese (shown with the smoked brisket, above), Truffle’s pork tenderlion and home-made spätzle, and Ditalini’s Mardarin orange salad.

By the way, the object under the beef brisket in the first photo is a pig’s ear. We got it for Baguette’s dog at a butcher shop but it was so gross-looking we decided to smoke it. Once smoked, it was so gorgeous we were tempted to eat it ourselves … the dog thought so too, and devoured it in minutes.

I smoked the brisket on Tuesday, July 2nd; Ditalini was in charge of the Swiss chard, corn, and beans. Truffle cooked pork tenderloin and home-made spätzle on the 3rd. Baguette and I boiled, seasoned, and grilled artichokes the night of the 4th, along with those beautiful ribeye steaks. This morning, the 5th, Ditalini baked a Dutch Baby.

If eating well is a form of patriotism, we’re practically up there with the Founding Fathers!


Amateur cook and barbecue fanatic.

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