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Charm City Cook: Stars and Stripes…and Really Good Food

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Everyone has his or her own traditions for Independence Day. For me, it’s a visit to my hometown of Kingsville, Md. for the Fourth of July Parade. We used to be in it when we were kids…and it was about ten minutes long. Now…thirty (she coughs…) or so years later, we actually have an exciting fly over to start the parade and when it’s all said and done, it’s well over an hour long. That is HUGE. And, everyone comes back – all of the ‘kids’ I grew up with, along with their kids, old neighbors, cousins and more. All-American fun at its best.

My mom tells the funniest story about me, around five or six, coming out of the house dressed in red, white and blue and proclaiming, “Look, Mom! I’m idiotic!” I’m sure she was so proud…

Another thing I love about July 4th is a good barbecue. The smell of food grilling and the laid back vibe of people relaxing, maybe playing some music…flip flops, beers, sparklers…it’s the best.

What do you like to have? Here’s the menu for my ideal July 4th barbecue:

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