Hamburgers ("Brazilian" for J, recipe in the comments from May 26, 2008, plain for M)
Grilled zucchini and summer squash
Watermelon and honey dew
Burgers are so traditional for the 4th that we rarely do that, but both of us had a hankering this year. The "Brazilian" ones are an old recipe of my mom's that I think make the most perfect burger ever. My only caveat is that you need to use slightly fattier meat than we usually do. Bison isn't as good here. Today we used grass-fed beef from our farmer's market and it was wonderful. M wanted something a bit plainer and his were also wonderful. The rest is just classic 4th and was heartily enjoyed. We can see the fireworks (with only a bit of blocking) from our front porch and so we got to see them for the first time since 2005 (T still goes to bed at 7 and since we're so far north they start very late here - around 10 - which isn't realistic for T). It was great to see them again. Dinner and explosions were after a great day too - touring a navy ship, lunch on the marina, walking to our local playground with T and C (the awesome dog), and enjoying the backyard for dinner. What a holiday! Happy summer!
Chopping: Parmesan, parsley, scallions, squash, melon
Time: 40 minutes
Make ahead: You can make the burgers whenever and grill right before serving.
J: "A 4th to remember."
M: "No wonder this is traditional!"