Well almost…But anyway, I will probably not have time to post tomorrow due to hosting a crowd of family members for our celebration. Here’s the menu:

Chicken breast paillards marinaded in lemon, garlic, and olive oil grilled over mesquite embers
Dry-rubbed pork spare ribs slow-roasted in the oven
Potato Salad
Corn on the cob
Housemade baked beans
Housemade bread-and-butter pickles
Cornbread muffins

4th of July sugar cookies
Red, white, and blue parfaits
Watermelon wedges

The baked beans start with dried navy beans that are first simmered until tender. A heavy bean pot is then layered with sliced onions, the beans, molasses, brown sugar, tomato katsup, dried mustard, and other spices.
The parfait is made with layers of blueberry puree gelatin, vanilla panna cotta, and strawberry puree gelatin. (No artificially-flavored Jell-O here!)

I hope those of you who celebrate this important American occasion will enjoy your day!