July 3, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

I hope the holiday tomorrow brings you a day off of work and time with friends and family. I'll be barbecuing with my sweetie and then headed to Portland's Eastern Prom to watch the city's fireworks. 

My friends attempting to insert a sparkler into a BLP bottle.
(Please do not try this at home.)

Lately, I've been enjoying cold sesame noodles, so this Saigon chicken salad that's been starting at me from the cover of an old bon appetit looks pretty good for a barbecue. I'm sure there will be plenty of grilled meats, although I am already kind of sick of the hot dog/burger menu. 

Since I made it to pick strawberries today (on the last day of the pick-your-own strawberries season!), tomorrow I'll have an angel food cake with whipped cream and sliced strawberries. It'll be store bought, because have you ever seen how to make an angel food cake? No thank you. 

During my time off, I'm also thinking of canning strawberries, like in this pickled strawberry jam that I didn't get to last year.  And whole strawberries in vanilla syrup sounds like a pretty fantastic canning project. So I'll start that tonight and finish up the process tomorrow morning. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes. 

Have a happy and safe holiday with your families and friends!