As they've done for the past few years, my cousin Phil and his wife Gina threw a huge party on the Fourth of July. There were around a hundred and fifty people, but enough food - most of it homemade - for three times that many. Behold:
Red, white and blue popcorn. Patriotic, and tasty!
Seen here are spring rolls with spinach, goat cheese, strawberries and pecans. In the center of the platter is a raspberry dipping sauce that nicely complemented the various ingredients.
There was plenty of tri-tip as well.
There were lots of hot dogs for the kids.
Here's my first plate: Chicken wings, spring rolls, barbecued chicken, a corn muffin, and some of the creamiest macaroni and cheese I've ever had the pleasure of eating.
Here's my second plate: Barbecued chicken, macaroni and cheese, spring rolls, tri-tip, chili, and a corn muffin.
After the food was served and guests had some time to eat and relax a bit, we lined up to taste and vote on a variety of chilis brought by guests. The styles ran the gamut from heartier, stew-like dishes to meatless chilis and everything in between. Some had pork, some had chicken, some were spicy and others were not. I didn't take any pictures of the actual chili - I was way too busy sampling it.
The hosts pulled out all the stops for dessert as well: There were enough cupcakes and cookies to go around, as well as pie, cake and fresh fruit.
In the afternoon there was a pool tournament, as well as a game of bean-bag toss that lasted several hours. In spite of occasional wind, the Bay Area weather held up nicely, and it was a wonderful day spent with family and friends. I hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth as much as we did!