In order to form a more perfect picnic

IndependenceDayThe Independence Day holiday is just around the corner, and if you are like 76% of Americans, you identify the holiday as the your favorite day of the year for grilling, picnic-ing, and having your meals and entertaining outdoors.

To insure domestic tranquility, you’ll want to have a nice variety of dishes available at your July 4 dinner table.

The Iowa Legislature has just recently relaxed restrictions on the sale and use of a number of kinds of fireworks, for the first time since World War II.  Since the law passed, our neighborhood has been literally buzzing with the sounds of late-evening bombs bursting in air.

So with nearby rockets’ red glare frequently in our thoughts this week, here are our fireworks-themed recipe recommendations for your July 4 holiday get-together:

Recipes for the Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza:
220px-Fireworks_on_Canada_DAYSparklers that you can drink: Balsamic Gin Spritzer
Peach Balsamic Bellini

Firecrackers, aka fiery foods that pop with heat
Piri Piri Sauce (condiment for the table, marinade for chicken, pork, or beef)
Salsa Verde (tomatillos with jalapenos – or your favorite hot fresh chile)
Eight-Alarm Chili
Chipotle Brownies
And, any of the recipes we recommended on Hot and Spicy Food Day

Smoke bombs – slow-smoked or grilled dishes
Smoky Shrimp and Sausage Skewers
Smoked Black Pepper Steaks with Parsley-Garlic Butter
Smoky Chermoula Salmon
Smoky New York Burgers
Sweet Smoky Chile Brussels Sprouts
Smoky ranch dip
Smoky sweet potato hummus

US_Flag_Backlit-wikimediaAnd don’t forget smoky foods made with our smoked salts, peppers and seasonings

Smoked Peppercorn Sage Blend
Smoked Bacon Salt
Sweet Smoked Paprika
Smoked Black Pepper
Hickory Smoked Sea Salt
Smoked Sea Salt

Cherry “bombs” made with with in-season local tart cherries
Cherry Popovers
Raw Coconut Cherry Cookies
Pickled Cherries
Cherry Ancho Cocoa Nib Salsa
Chocolate Cherry Braid

Remember: AllSpice will be closed all day, Tuesday, July 4, so celebrate Independence Day with our friends and families.

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