There are few things more unabashedly American than a Fourth of July barbecue. The fireworks, the smoke coming off a grill crammed with hot dogs and burgers, the endless ice-cold cans of American-made beer. If your patriotic heart doesn't swell at that, then you might want to flee the country.
If you're staying put, take your allegiance to the flag to the next level. We're talking about whipping up a red, white, and blue menu this Fourth of July. This is the bonus round of nationalism, y'all. For all of you patriots out there gearing up celebrate America, we've got you covered -- all the way from dreamy, creamy blue-cheese dip to the flag cake that will induce the gasps usually reserved for the fireworks show.
I'm a former Food52 Julia Child Food Writing Fellow now studying law so I can make food fairer, more delicious, and more sustainable for everyone. I was born and raised in Montreal (mostly on poutine and matzoh ball soup), but in my heart I am an Italian grandma—I live on pizza and make a mean eggplant parmesan.