Summer Food Series: July 4th Edition

It has been a while, but it is time for another VERY IMPORTANT FOOD POLL. In just a few days, all of America is going to travel to their respective cabins, lakes and backyards to do what we do best…celebrate something by eating!

I will be up at my Aunt & Uncle’s cabin with the whole extended family. We eat typical BBQ items for the fourth. Grilled hamburgers and bratwurst, corn on the cob, potato salad and a plethora of bars. That’s what people in Minnesota call them. It’s basically the general word for any type of dessert item that doesn’t specifically fall into the pie or cookie category. There are some yummmmy bars out there. I also have been known to make a delicious and refreshing red, white and blue layered jello for my family get-togethers.

This year if you need something new to bake that will put your entire family into a diabetic coma, here is a video for the most thematic cake/pie mixture that I have ever seen. This baking masterpiece is Charles Phoenix’s Cherbluble. A cherry pie, blueberry pie, apple pie, baked inside red, white and blue cakes, stacked and frosted with 6 tubs of cream cheese frosting. Whoa.

Oh, and don’t forget to make yourself an Uncle Watermelon thematic centerpiece.

Let’s talk about our favorite Fourth of July foods. What are you hoping to bake/make/grill/eat this weekend?

[Via Charles Phoenix]

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23 Responses to Summer Food Series: July 4th Edition

  1. artdorkgirl says:

    We’re going to our friend’s place in Rhode Island this year (near the beach, yay!) and since we did the burgers/brats thing a few weeks ago, this time we’re grilling up fajita fixings. I’m making guacamole and bringing stuff for smores later.

    When we lived in Tulsa, my dad always did the big 4th bbq, and we’d have pulled pork and smoked brisket. I also wasn’t friends with anyone with severe shellfish allergies then, so I’d make a huge batch of my seafood salsa. YUM.

  2. catweazle says:

    This year I am straight up refusing to go anywhere for the 4th because every weekend in June was crazy and I need some catweazle time. But in deference to the day I’ll probably make a burger on my George Foreman (so healthy) and fry an egg to put on top. And corn on the cob definitely. Corn on the cob is the food of the gods. For some reason I feel like plain Ruffles are called for too. Maybe I just associate them with barbecues?

  3. flanny says:

    I’m moving on Friday, so I’m not doing anything for the holiday because probably I’ll be so tired. However, if my brother (who is helping me move) wanted to invite me to a BBQ at his place, I wouldn’t say no.

  4. This year I will be staying home but we will probably be making brats or cheddarwurst or similar because they’re the best. I have been known to make corn dog muffins because corn dogs say Anerica to me!!

  5. It’s generally too hot to cook out here, or rather it’s not worth listening to my husband complain about how hot it is for some hotdogs or whatever. Plus we are going to the in-laws place so we don’t really have any cooking plans. But I have been dreaming about Ina Garten’s Tomato Feta Salad for about a year now, so I’ll probably make that sometime this weekend.

  6. Sota says:

    Can I also just say that that cake must taste terrible right? Why would anyone need to mix cake and pie? It has to be so dry.

    • Controversial opinion: I don’t like ice cream cake! I like ice cream and I like cake, but I’ve cream cake is the worst of both worlds. I’m guessing pie cake is the same.

      • flanny says:

        I feel you, sister.

      • hotspur says:

        I don’t even… it’s like you’re not even… No. If this is your idea of an opinion, I won’t hear it, and I won’t respond to it.

      • Sota says:

        I’mma let you finish…but ice cream cake is the best cake of all time. Ice cream cake is a brilliant invention! Are you trying to tell me that you dont like that fudgey/cookie crumble between the DairyQueen layers? Do you hate Fudgey the Whale??!?! Sad.

      • Erika says:

        I generally don’t like ice cream cake because it’s too much of a commitment. It just doesn’t seem possible to save some for later. You have to eat all of it or throw some away. Also, most commercial ice cream cakes incorporate mediocre ice cream and cake. It wouldn’t be beneath me to try to make a homemade gourmet version of an ice cream cake though.

    • There’s a local bakery here that does a thanksgiving version of this pie/cake monstrosity (pecan, apple and pumpkin if you were wondering). They talk about it on the local news shows every year and it just looks so gross to me. but I think the food coloring on this summer version makes it slightly more gross looking.

      • Sota says:

        Oh its gross in every iteration…and maybe I am living under a rock, but I have never heard of Charles Phoenix before. I poked around his YouTube page, and it seems like his whole job is to make disgusting cakes into reality. He has one that is a layered Easter cake with layers of crumbled chocolate bunnies and a layer of marshmello peeps in between each cake layer, frosted in chocolate, and covered with jelly beans. I know you’re thinking maybe thats not as bad as you thought…until you hear that all 4 layers of white cake are SOAKED IN TEQUILA. WHY!? Why? Why? No.

        • Erika says:

          Tequila just doesn’t seem like a good cake liquor or a good Easter-time liquor. Weird choice.

        • I was wondering who he was, but then I figured that he must be on Food Network or something and that line of thinking was just going to lead to an inevitable tirade about the decline of TV programming…so I just decided not to look him up!

        • hotspur says:

          I went to a slide show once that Charles Phoenix hosted. Evidently he collects vintage slides of Southern California, and he turned it into a 90-minute show a few years ago. It was highly entertaining, and that was where I learned it once snowed in Los Angeles (in like 1955, for c. 20 minutes). I did not know he’d moved on to frightening cakes.

  7. I’m pretty excited about the 4th this year. We don’t usually ever do anything but this year, I’m going home to visit my family and we are doing a BBQ. I plan to make these:

    http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/06/saltine-crack-ice-cream-sandwiches/

    and also eat a buttload of smores because that is my dream and no one is allowed to kill my dream. I am also excited about drinking all the beers

  8. martinmegz says:

    I’m the only person in my family who eats food so holidays are really depressing, food-wise. I’ll be lucky to get some steamed vegetables and grilled chicken.

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