Summer Round-up

July 2nd, 2014 · 168 Comments · Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations

We here in the DALS house are going to be traveling a bit over the next week or so, and I’m not entirely sure how much I’ll be able to chime in while I’m away. (I reserve the right to change my mind.) So here is a little round-up to hold you over til we return. Have a great Fourth and Happy Summer!

A guide to 1600 swimmin’ holes (dropping the ‘g’ is required, says my husband) across the US and Canada.

I made this Strawberry Shortcake last weekend for guests and it rocked. (If you added some blueberries in there, it would be the perfect red, white, and blue Fourth dessert.)

Is this why I’ve never liked the word “foodie?”

With this news, Grand Central Terminal, perhaps my most favorite building on earth, just became my favorite-ist to the hundredth power.

Everything tastes better when these string lights light up the patio table.

Before I travel to any major city, I pretty much always check the BA Weekender Guides at Bon Appetit — where to eat, stay, visit — and they’ve never failed me yet.

We are not soda people in general, but if we were, our fridge would be stocked with this all summer long.

Andy has had this on repeat all week, and as far as I can tell, he shows no signs of letting up any time soon.

Can’t you see these make-ahead Chocolate Caramel Picnic Puddings being the perfect way to end your Fourth celebration? (And if you have time, check out the entire site, masterminded by two supremely talented food-world vets.)

Or as long as we’re on the subject of make-ahead treats: Molly’s Strawberry-Yogurt Pops. (Scroll down a few posts.)

No such thing as too young when it comes to reading aloud to your kids.

Rose Sangria!

Thanks to everyone who participated in my Dinner: The Playbook challenge. Random House helped me put together a mini-slideshow of some of our favorite pics (scroll over to see who submitted each one) but you can also just find them on instagram by searching the hashtag #dinnerplaybook. Hope you all had fun. (And thanks Max W. and Maggie O. for all your hard work on this!)

Two Oldies but Goodies for the Grill: Pork with Peaches and Tony’s Steak.

No doubt you’ll be throwing some dogs on the barbie this holiday weekend. To celebrate this decidedly happy occasion, and to call attention to their “What’s in Your Hot Dog” campaign, Applegate has offered to give away “Weinervention Kits” (hot dogs, buns, relish, grill tools, and everything else) to two lucky DALS readers.

Just leave a comment below to be eligible. (It wouldn’t hurt if you shared what you’re grilling for the Fourth — hot dogs or otherwise.) Contest ends Saturday, July 5 at noon ET. UPDATE: THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PLAYED!

All photos up top taken at Rye Playland in Rye, NY. 

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  • 1 Reynaul // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Great roundup! We will be grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, and bacon wrapped scallops for the 4th!

  • 2 Lisa // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:26 am

    The term Weinervention is gift enough…

  • 3 Amy // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Grillin’ hot dogs and hamburgers for the 4th — as long as Arthur stays away from the VA coast!

  • 4 Holly // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Good stuff. Hot dogs, hamburgers and baked beans for us.

  • 5 Amy // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Burgers and dogs here! Happy 4th!

  • 6 nancy // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:51 am

    The fourth of July is my baby’s (1st!) Birthday, so we’re grilling burgers, but what I’m most excited about is the cake!

  • 7 Bridgit // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:02 am

    We aren’t in charge of the grill, but I plan on making some cold peanut noodles to add to the table, and probably a pie as well.

  • 8 Maria // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I love every time you post a link roundup. We’re grilling chicken since that’s what we have! :)

  • 9 Susan // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:12 am

    No grilling for us as we will be @ a water park!

    Also, link to your mini-slideshow goes to dead page.

  • 10 CB // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:15 am

    We are grillin chicken bratwurst (it is almost a requirement — we are from Wisconsin and have a strong German heritage) and hotdogs for the kids that don’t care for brats. Happy 4th!

    PS: FYI: I received your error page when I tried to view your mini slide show.

  • 11 Jaclyn // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Always grillin’ hot dogs. They are my fave! And your link to the strawberry shortcake inspired me to maybe try a spin on that.

  • 12 Rachel // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

    The usual – hotdogs and burgers. A friend of mine said that avacados are sensational on the grill so we’ll be trying that out too!

  • 13 Ryan // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I have never heard of Applegate, but I just looked them up, they sell near me, Im going to have to give them a try, looks like good stuff, thanks!

  • 14 Annie // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:23 am

    We’re grilling chili cheese dogs! Planning to serve watermelon and 7-layer taco dip with chips along side, and fruit pizza made to look like a flag.

  • 15 Sara // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:26 am

    We’re grilling fish and shrimp, but I would love a reason to try these Applegate hot dogs!!

  • 16 maya // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:27 am

    we will grill hot dogs and farmers market sausages!

  • 17 Colleen // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Corn! love grilled corn, with compound butters.

  • 18 katie // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:34 am

    we’re actually not grilling (gasp!) but doing a fish fry!

  • 19 Natalie // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Love this round-up — the rose sangria sounds awesome, and there are so many other links that I want to check out. My kids would love you if we won a Weinervention Kit, because I rarely let them eat hot dogs. We’re planning on grilling shrimp and burgers. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • 20 Brooke // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:52 am

    It’ll be burgers for us on the 4th!

  • 21 Jo // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Yay to a giant Nordic food hall and rosé sangria. Enjoy your 4th of July! We’ll be doing a mix of fish tacos (horrible naming convention) and hotdogs with kraut, guacamole and sriracha mayonnaise — or as it’s commonly known “el completo”.

  • 22 Caitlin H. // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:52 am

    The first step is admitting you have a problem…I need a weinervention!!

  • 23 Gretchen // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Sadly no grilling, but lots of board games!

  • 24 Andrea // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

    We are grilling cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and please help me, this gigantic pork shoulder I have no idea what to do with! I will be making rose sangria and fancy deviled eggs too. Happy traveling and happy fourth!

  • 25 Abbey // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Won’t be grilling on my own, but will likely be attending my favorite bar’s cookout. Probably fancy sausages and burgers.

  • 26 Jenny M // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Since I will be at the end of a 12 hour shift in labor and delivery, I won’t be grilling anything. But I’m sure hoping my husband will have some sort of brats (meat, not children) on the grill!

  • 27 BeccaV // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I’m making ribs on the 4th!

  • 28 Renee // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Bacon-wrapped shrimp and Tony”s steak!

  • 29 ginger marks // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:08 am

    burgs and dogs…always….with interchangeable sides…I found a great orzo spinach salad recipe…cheers!

  • 30 Libby // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Hot dogs are my favorite things to grill. I mean, steaks? Pork chops? Sure but you can go wrong in so many ways? A grilled hotdog? Man, it’s just so simple. Even if you burn it, it’s still frikkin’ delicious!

  • 31 Dana // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Awesome links, as usual! We’re not grilling anything around here for the 4th, as we’re Canadian, but did some hot dogs and chicken for the 1st!

  • 32 Morgan Leigh // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I’m not grilling but I am making a blueberry pie!

  • 33 Angie // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:33 am

    We’ll just be grilling the usual – hot dogs, brats & burgers.

  • 34 Adrianne // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Hot dogs and burgers for the 4th :-)

  • 35 Kristin // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

    We live in Maine so the 4th brings lobsters steamed in seaweed on the beach.

  • 36 Emily // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:38 am

    We’ll be grilling butterflied honey-mustard-rosemary marinated pork tenderloins. Yum!

  • 37 Meg // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Yum! We’ll be grilling up dogs and veggies galore

  • 38 Joy P // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

    For us it will be a crab boil for the adults and hot dogs for the children! Can’t wait!

  • 39 Mary // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Bison dogs for the 4th! With a spicy mustard and caramelized red onion… there so good!

  • 40 Alyssa // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Yum, I’d love to win this as I do love me some hot dogs.
    This 4th, my family will actually be having our annual LobsterFest. We’ve never done it on 4th of July before, but it’ll be a nautical lover’s dream- blue and white and lobster!

  • 41 Hannah // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:27 am

    BBQ chicken for us! Accompanied by slaw, salads, and tons of watermelon!

  • 42 rachel // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:29 am

    We grilled peaches last night — delicious!

  • 43 Claire // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Not sure what we are grilling but there will be plenty of great family, which is my favorite part anyway!

  • 44 Kate // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Eating grilled burgers at our aunt and uncle’s house, but I hope to throw some pineapple on the grill for extra fun. :-) THANKS for the giveaway!!!

  • 45 kristin // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:54 am

    we are going to smoke some ribs.

  • 46 peg // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:56 am

    It’s gotta be burgers and dogs. Maybe some ribs.

  • 47 Christina @ but i'm hungry // Jul 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    We’re doing burgers and some yummy chicken sausages, but for me, it’s all about that Rose Sangria! That’s an acceptable meal on the 4th, right? ;)

  • 48 Nancy // Jul 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    wah. the slideshow link is not working :-(

  • 49 Dianne // Jul 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Who knows, we are going to a neighborhood block party!

  • 50 Rachel // Jul 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Grilling the usual, but I’m thinking of a watermelon, mint, and feta side

  • 51 Heidi // Jul 2, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Pork tacos. Would love this!

  • 52 Sally // Jul 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Grilling chicken, cheddar stuffed bratwurst, and fruit kebabs!

  • 53 Paige C // Jul 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    We’re grilling burgers with friends as well as these veggie and halloumi skewers!

  • 54 Bearsmama // Jul 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Some kinda fish, as we love grilling fish in the summertime!

  • 55 Josie // Jul 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Greek Yogurt Chicken, hot dogs and CORN!

  • 56 Mary Fran // Jul 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Yum! Can’t wait to grill some hot dogs and stuffed hamburgers over the 4th!

  • 57 Karen // Jul 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I love the idea of Weinervention! We’ll probably grill up some brats.

  • 58 Sara // Jul 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I’m making chicken kabobs, gazpacho, and a big salad with beets, couscous, and goat cheese. Cherries for dessert to keep it easy. (And fingers crossed that someone else has another dessert they’ll be bringing!)

  • 59 zimm // Jul 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    having a classic cookout for the 4th!

  • 60 Lauren // Jul 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Have fun traveling! We’ll probably grill up some pork tenderloin – yum!

  • 61 Jessica // Jul 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Burgers and dogs!!!

  • 62 Awads // Jul 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    yes!!! we just bought similar globe lights for our patio from amazon (some that were slightly more $$, but got awesome reviews). practically living outside these days….and headed to a lake for the 4th where we are grilling ‘dogs and taking along chicken marbella ( for the rest of the weekend. cheers!

  • 63 Suze // Jul 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    We will either be grilling Applegate hotdogs or brats from our co-op. And we’ll be having plenty of watermelon and lemonade, our kids’ favorites.

  • 64 Kara // Jul 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Not grilling-camping so we will be making smores of course!

  • 65 Anne Weber-Falk // Jul 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    We get to have TWO celebrations! On the 4th we will grill burgers and hotdogs and chicken breast. On the 6th we will have pulled pork and grilled pork ribs. I know, it’s two of nearly the same, but can you believe I have family that will not eat the ribs because of the bones. I know!

  • 66 Maressa // Jul 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Always burgers and dogs on the 4th!

  • 67 A Life From Scratch // Jul 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Happy vacation!!! :) I’m hoping to do our fav summer ribs this weekend.

  • 68 Lisa // Jul 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Hot dogs and hamburgers are on our menu for sure!

  • 69 molly in Seattle // Jul 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    we just grilled up fresh s.carolina shrimp at kiawah this week… and probably some kind of pork and grilled peaches on the 4th! hooray for summer!

  • 70 Laura // Jul 2, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Strip steaks for the adults and hot dogs for the little ones – love everything about the Applegate products!

  • 71 Bianca // Jul 2, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    We’ll be grilling turkey burgers with feta, and hopefully some peaches to have with ice cream.

  • 72 Serena Raheja // Jul 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    This is a great reminder for the BA weekender guides – I also love the Eater 38 guides for most major cities. They have almost never let me down and they are also incorporated into Foursquare so you can see which of their recommended stops is nearest to you at the time.

    Super useful.

  • 73 --anu // Jul 2, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Either hot dogs or burgers. I love how juicy grass feed ground beef burgers are :)

  • 74 amanda // Jul 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I’ll be at my parents’ house and I hope they are making brats!!

  • 75 Shayne // Jul 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    We’re grilling flank steak for salad for just a small group of four adults and two toddlers. But we love Applegate hot dogs!

  • 76 Kim @ Cook With 2 Chicks // Jul 2, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    My favorite kind of “soda”. Safe travels!

  • 77 Beth // Jul 2, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Yum! Applegate hot dogs will be on the grill for sure!

  • 78 Michelle // Jul 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    We’re grilling steaks, hot dogs and corn on the cob slathered in butter.

  • 79 Vick Gretsky // Jul 2, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Not sure if this happened to everyone, but when I tried to click on the slide show I got an error message. A “404″ error. Will take a peak on Instgram

  • 80 Erin // Jul 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm


  • 81 Alison // Jul 2, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Buy the globe lights at Target – those ones on Amazon are the same product, just marked up.

  • 82 Freida // Jul 2, 2014 at 4:22 pm


  • 83 Andi // Jul 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    oh I am totally with you on the San Pelligrino, though my favorite is the grapefruit “Pompelmo.” I’ve been buying single cans at our local Italian market, but it’s getting to be an expensive habit. I’m buying a 24 pack on Amazon *right now.*

  • 84 Kara // Jul 2, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I don’t know,.. I guess probably nachos and rootbeer our default vegetarian Friday food.

  • 85 Mara // Jul 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Chicken dogs, fruit salad and sour cream cucumbers! Have to try the Pelligrino, yum!

  • 86 Sofie // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Hot dogs without corn syrup? Sign me up!

  • 87 karen w. // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    going to a BBQ so not sure what will be on the grill.. but i plan to bring some spiked watermelon

  • 88 Stephanie // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    We’re grilling local beef and pork for the 4th! Nothing beats saying by to the cows and pigs down the road before eating them for dinner!:)

  • 89 Stephanie W. // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    We are eating at my Grandmama’s on the 4th but will be grilling Saturday! I made Tony’s Steak last week and it was a winner as always. Leftovers, if there are any, are great with eggs for breakfast or for lunch as fajitas. Love those triple duty recipes!

  • 90 Word Lily // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    We’ll likely be grilling burgers for the Fourth.

  • 91 Angela // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Well of course I’m making the DALS flag cake
    That was the best creation ever
    Huge return on little work
    You should repost on the 4th!

  • 92 Kath the Cook // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Doing a seafood boil for my Mom – her fave.

  • 93 Kristin // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I am grilling DLS baby back ribs for the forth!

  • 94 Jen // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Yum, Applegate dogs are our favorite. We will be celebrating the holiday weekend with lobsters on the lawn, in which we order steamed lobsters from the grocery store and serve them with salad and potato salad. No fuss decadence!

  • 95 Cay // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Going to a party, so I don’t have to cook, but thinking I might need to bring the old standby: deviled eggs. Thanks to DALS, I’ll be garnishing them with something fun!

  • 96 Rffoodie // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Grilling up burgers and hot dogs.

  • 97 ria // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    There’s nothing better than a nice (hot)dog with mustard and ketchup! yum! Especially when they’re the good ones!

  • 98 connor // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I just received a Praise the Lard box from Zingerman’s (happy birthday to me!) so it will certainly be something that involves bacon.

  • 99 Kathrine // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Oh! We are big fans of all things Applegate – and would love to win this prize and extend our summer of fun.

  • 100 Michelle as // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    My cousins will be grilling hot dogs,sausage and burgers.

  • 101 Adrienne // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Growing up, we always had Cornell chicken in the summer – might have to grill some up for the 4th.

  • 102 christina // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    My 7 yr old needs a new dog in town — she’s starting to rebel against the chicken and turkey. As for grilling, we haven’t even started yet this summer — poor showing for us!

  • 103 Lisa // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I don’t know what we are having yet. Yikes!

  • 104 Liss // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Hooray for wieners!

  • 105 SAC // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Smoked pork butt!

  • 106 RES // Jul 3, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Smoked pork roast!

  • 107 RES // Jul 3, 2014 at 12:18 am

    We are smoking a pork roast for pulled pork sandwiches.

  • 108 Emily // Jul 3, 2014 at 1:02 am

    We will be grilling ribs, roasted garlic chicken sausages, bell peppers, onions, and corn on the cob!

  • 109 Allison // Jul 3, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Kind of hot in the AZ sunshine at lunch time so we are making pulled pork in the crockpot with Pioneer Woman’s spicy pasta salad-yum!!! Would love to try the hot dog grilling kit!

  • 110 Tonpia // Jul 3, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Since the 4th also celebrates the birth of my pa, we’ll be celebrating himself with some steaks and some corn. It’s time for good corn.

  • 111 Steve Louis // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:05 am

    the first thing i ever tried making was chicken and believe me it was fab!!!!

  • 112 Miche // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I’ll be staying with a friend out of town, so no word yet on what we’re grilling! In my perfect world, it’d be a big batch of hatch chili peppers.

  • 113 Lori // Jul 3, 2014 at 8:11 am

    My husband sure lives his fire! As long as I’m not cooking, menu is fine with me! I may suggest shrimp or fish, though, and portobellos.

  • 114 Jodi // Jul 3, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Not sure what we’ll be grilling tomorrow – that’s the hubby’s department. But I just read Bittman’s recipe for the sour cherry old fashioned and it had me thinking at 845 am that it must be 5pm somewhere….

  • 115 Maggie // Jul 3, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Thanks for the great roundup! Planning to grill St. Louis style pork steaks but that pork and peaches looks good too.

  • 116 JaxRD // Jul 3, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I’ll be eating a sandwich.. at work (children’s hospital).

    Hopefully, will be grilling this weekend though (shrimp! bread! asparagus!), however, I’m also on call.

    Sick kids don’t take days off….

  • 117 Jennyg // Jul 3, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Weinerintervention will take place with dogs, brats, and burgers! Some corn will be grilled and put in a salad with cherry tomatoes grilled peppers and a yummy vinaigrette.

  • 118 Liz R. // Jul 3, 2014 at 9:39 am

    No grill (city-dweller), but will certainly be creating some red, white, and blue treats! That strawberry shortcake just might make the cut…

  • 119 Nicky // Jul 3, 2014 at 9:59 am

    We’ll be putting some chicken and hotdogs on the grill to chow down before the fireworks.

  • 120 Cathy // Jul 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Hubs just got a new grill, so it’s dogs and brats tonight, burgers tomorrow. Some sort of slaw and/or pasta salad on the side for both nights. And s’mores, obv.

  • 121 Jennifer // Jul 3, 2014 at 10:58 am

    For Father’s Day, I gave my husband a mint condition 1991 cherry red Weber gas grill that I found in a FREE PILE! Woot! We’ll surely be having dogs on the grill and your eggy potato salad!

  • 122 Lori // Jul 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Have a great week!!! We will be grilling ribs, chicken and hot dogs. Going to have some lovely deviled eggs too since you reminded me of them… what a forgotten treasure they are. :)

  • 123 betsy // Jul 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

    We are in Alaska for the 4th so most likely grilled shrimp and salmon.

  • 124 Sherri // Jul 3, 2014 at 11:59 am

    We’ll be having smoked ribs for the 4th. Have a great holiday!

  • 125 cgw // Jul 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Rye Playland!!!! My husband and I used to live in Harrison, so we know it well. Ahhh, memories. Is that little cafe-diner close by still there?

    We’ll be grilling various meats and veggies for the adults, and hot dogs for the littles…and some adults, I imagine.

  • 126 Hilary // Jul 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    We are grilling with friends. I’m sure hot dogs will be on the menu!

  • 127 Meaghan // Jul 3, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    We’ll be cooking some ribs, hot dogs with kraut and mustard and a little pickle relish on the side

  • 128 Justine // Jul 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Hot dogs will definitely be on our grill this weekend!

  • 129 Laura // Jul 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    We will be grilling Salmon for the holiday, probably under big umbrellas with the heavy rains coming up the east coast.
    Please keep sharing with us the books your girls enjoy. I have two avid readers and the new ideas help keep it fresh.
    Thank you!

  • 130 Laura // Jul 3, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    We will be grilling Salmon for the holiday, probably under big umbrellas with the heavy rains coming up the east coast.
    When we have Hot Dogs -often, they are only & always Applegate! yum!
    Please keep sharing with us the books your girls enjoy. I have two avid readers and the new ideas help keep it fresh.
    Thank you!

  • 131 Abi // Jul 3, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Grillin’ peaches and pork. …And hoping to win that very nice prize!

  • 132 Angie // Jul 3, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    We’ll be grilling burgers and brats over an open fire at my cottage. Yum! We’ll also being eating your kale salad and the Cafe Chicken recipe you posted the other week. Love your posts!

  • 133 Lora // Jul 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    My brother is smokin’ ribs!

  • 134 Christine // Jul 3, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Brats, ribs and chicken will grace our grill this weekend.

  • 135 Nolo // Jul 3, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Hot dogs and hamburgers and finishing up with s’mores!

  • 136 Jane // Jul 3, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    We’re probably going to have bison burgers — and potato salad, of course!

  • 137 Kathryn // Jul 3, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Fun giveaway! I’ll be cooking up some pork chops.

  • 138 Jennifer Atkins // Jul 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    We are grilling up some inside out burgers and corn on the 4th! Love the roundup and the basket of yum!

  • 139 Shara // Jul 3, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    sausages, hot dogs, pork skewers

  • 140 Lisa // Jul 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    The dogs and I will be grilling salmon, corn and asparagus—everyone’s favorites!

  • 141 Teena // Jul 3, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Hamburgers, hotdogs, corn and other veggies!

  • 142 Vanessa // Jul 3, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    We’re grilling bone in brined pork chops and garlic olive oil gulf shrimp. Roasting beets and summer squash. Serving salad fresh from the garden. mmmmm.

  • 143 Michelle // Jul 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Simplehouseware’s Instagram post: grilled hotdogs
    with cabbage slaw on grilled croissants – rain or
    shine for tomorrow night – very excited to try it

  • 144 Amy // Jul 3, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    We will be grilling pork steaks, because I grew up in St. Louis and in St. Louis you grill pork steaks all summer long. Enjoy your travels!

  • 145 Jessica // Jul 4, 2014 at 1:02 am

    We’re grilling skirt steak and corn!

  • 146 Catherine // Jul 4, 2014 at 2:00 am

    No grill, so barbecue chicken pizza over here.

  • 147 Jordan // Jul 4, 2014 at 8:16 am

    We’ll be grilling ribs, barbeque chicken, corn, and-my personal favorite-crab legs!

  • 148 Jenn Warren // Jul 4, 2014 at 8:46 am

    My daughter wants free mustard!

  • 149 Jessica // Jul 4, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Mu husband will be working the farmers market all weekend to help make sure everyone else gets their corn and peach fix. I’m hoping we can squeeze in some grilling of our own. Since I’m 7 mo pregnant having some dogs that are not a mystery mix would be great!

  • 150 Megan // Jul 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Making a cake & blackberry tart. Applegate, the only hotdogs I’m able to eat with my allergies.

  • 151 Anna S // Jul 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I’m loving grilled pineapple this summer so we’ll definitely have some of that!

  • 152 Anna S // Jul 4, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I’m loving grilled pineapple this summer!

  • 153 Elizabeth // Jul 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Actually, we’re not grilling anything for this July 4th. I know, I know; un-American!! BUT, my husband is stuck working today so we figure we’ll celebrate next week.

    Instead, I’ll tell you what we last grilled: BBQ Chicken!

  • 154 Am // Jul 4, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    BBQ chicken, possibly Alabama style!

    Also, here’s the permalink for the Orangette popsicles:

  • 155 Kristen // Jul 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    We will be grilling apple or pineapple sausages.

  • 156 Sandy S // Jul 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Given the choice, my children would eat Applegate hot dogs for lunch and dinner every day, no holiday necessary! Happy 4th!

  • 157 Julie Thrapp // Jul 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Leaving a comment–hoping to win!

  • 158 Stacy // Jul 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I haven’t had a hotdog in a million years and have had a wild craving for one. Perfect timing! Love the round up posts! Grilling salmon tonight!

  • 159 Julie // Jul 4, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Grilled hot dogs!

  • 160 Traci // Jul 4, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Keeping it simple tonight with grilled brats & dogs! I did enjoy one of my dogs with cream cheese…mmmmm!

  • 161 Callie Johnson // Jul 4, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Korean short rib, Mexican corn, and bacon wrapped squash!

  • 162 Joey // Jul 5, 2014 at 7:25 am

    We made the picnic chicken from your previous post. It was perfect for the holiday. Hot dogs will be today.

  • 163 Michelle // Jul 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Turkey burgers and un-cured hot dogs for us. I’ve been wanting to try applegate dogs from our brand new TJ’s in winter park, FL!

  • 164 Rosie // Jul 5, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Family reunion yesterday had us bringing cold fried chicken, napa cabbage cole slaw and blueberry bars as our contribution. Although I ate many more items than those three.

  • 165 Stephany // Jul 5, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Still full from burgers, deviled eggs and flag cake. Love the 4th!

  • 166 Leigh-Ann // Jul 5, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Last night, we grilled hot dogs, obvs! Topped ‘em with guacamole, shredded cheese, chopped onions and smoky pepper sauce. Smiles all around!

  • 167 Carrie // Jul 7, 2014 at 12:40 am

    My new favorite way to eat a hot dog is wrapped in bacon with grilled onions and chopped avocado. So delicious! It has to be a high quality dog though!

  • 168 Bonnie // Jul 7, 2014 at 6:56 am

    My girlfriends and I share blogs we enjoy with each other. I’m glad I found your blog. I’m a big follower of “Smitten Kitchen” and “Cooking With Mr. C.” I will now send my friends your link. I’m a mother of 5 and have to keep things interesting. Bonnie L.

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