Grill Out This Fourth of July

The Fourth of July usually finds me in the pool or somewhere on a beach, but almost always with good food, typically cooked on the grill. Summertime is all about easy cooking and not heating up the oven. Today, I’ll give you some ideas for a fun and festive July 4th menu that’s big on flavor and comes together with little preparation. I’m also sharing my recipe for Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cayenne Herb Butter. 

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Hamburgers and hot dogs get the Some Kinda Good treatment when topped with all the fixings.

Each year on Independence Day in my family, we like to keep the menu all-American and celebrate the wonderful foods in season, like vine-ripened tomatoes, sweet summer corn and juicy watermelon. Usually that means grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, slicing up some cold watermelon and keeping dessert simple with a store-bought angel food or pound cake assembled with fresh berries and sweetened whipped cream. Slice cake into small cubes. In a trifle bowl, alternately layer cubed cake with berries and whipped cream. Finish with whipped cream and decorate with red, white and blue sparklers or sprinkles.

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Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings make for a festive and fun Fourth of July. 

Fire up the grill, put on your red, white and blue and enjoy this menu with family and friends. All of the items on this list can easily be packed into a cooler or picnic basket too. Prepare to sip on an ice-cold glass of sweet tea or lemonade and settle in for the fireworks. Happy Independence Day!

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Rotini Pasta Salad is a simple and Some Kinda Good way to enjoy summertime.

Some Kinda Good 4th of July Menu

  • Grilled Hamburgers and Hot Dogs with toasted buns and all the fixings
    • Sliced iceburg lettuce
    • Sliced tomatoes, seasoned with salt and pepper
    • Raw Sweet Onion, thinly sliced
    • Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Relish
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cayenne Herb Butter
  • Rotini Pasta Salad with Fresh Parmesan Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes
  • Sliced Watermelon
  • Strawberry-Blueberry Pound Cake Trifle with Fresh Whipped Cream

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Some Kinda Good cayenne herb butter compliments sweet summer corn with a little heat.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cayenne Herb Butter

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon each of chopped basil, parsley and chives
  • 4 ears of Fresh Corn, leaves, silks and tassels removed

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir, pressing seasonings and herbs into the softened butter until well combined. Using clean hands, massage about a 1 to 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into each ear of corn and grill over medium-high heat until slightly charred for 10 – 15 minutes, rotating as needed.

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This article originally appeared in the Statesboro Herald on Sunday, July 1, 2018.
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Happy Fourth of July from my family to yours! My husband, Kurt, and I enjoy Independence Day on St. Simons Island, 2017.

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Georgia native Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser is a freelance writer, entertainer and food enthusiast who writes and speaks about her love of good food and the Coastal South. Watch her compete on Food Network Star this summer, Sunday nights at 9 p.m. Rebekah is the longtime Statesboro Herald food columnist and host of SKG-TV on YouTube.  A Georgia Southern University alumna, she also attended Savannah Technical College’s Culinary Institute of Savannah. To learn more, connect with Some Kinda Good on social media, or visit RebekahLingenfelser.com.

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Food Network Star: Episode 3 – Crab Rigatoni

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If you’ve been following along on this season of Food Network Star, you know that I was eliminated on Episode 3 last Sunday evening. What a sad and devastating moment that was! In this week’s Food Network Star recap, I’ll share my thoughts on the episode, the mentors’ feedback and my recipe for Crab Rigatoni. Continue reading “Food Network Star: Episode 3 – Crab Rigatoni”

Food Network Star: Episode 2 – Purple Loaded Chips

 

The second episode of Food Network Star aired on Sunday night and what a ride! Today, I’ll share some episode highlights, along with my thoughts from the show. On week 2, the finalists were tasked with producing an on-air podcast and later filming a field segment at an aviation museum and food hall in LA, known as The Proud Bird. Continue reading “Food Network Star: Episode 2 – Purple Loaded Chips”

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pizza at Home

Who doesn’t love homemade pizza? When you make it using a store-bought pizza dough, it’s one of the easiest and most fun ways to enjoy dinner at home with your family. Continue reading “Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pizza at Home”

Food Network Star: Episode 1 – Jambalaya

Thank you all for tuning in to the Season Premiere of Food Network Star! What an amazing and exciting first episode. Today, I’ll share some highlights from episode one, my jambalaya recipe and photos from my fun premiere party! Continue reading “Food Network Star: Episode 1 – Jambalaya”

Southwestern Dinner Leftovers Become Breakfast of Champions

The concept of repurposing, whether we’re talking about a piece of antique furniture or dinner leftovers, has always been appealing to me. Giving something new life is so much fun. Continue reading “Southwestern Dinner Leftovers Become Breakfast of Champions”

Strawberry-Basil Sauce and How To Use It

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You can find me at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market in Savannah just about every Saturday morning: A food lover’s paradise!

Strawberry season is officially here and if you’ve visited your local farmers’ market lately, you know exactly what I mean! After a trip to the Forsyth Farmers’ Market over the weekend, I brought home a gallon-sized bucket full of farm-picked, red-ripened strawberries and developed the most luscious and sweet sauce oozing with strawberry flavor. Continue reading “Strawberry-Basil Sauce and How To Use It”

You’re Invited: Food Network Star Watch Party!!

I have so many exciting things to update you guys on!! We’re just a few weeks away from the Food Network Star Season Premiere and the countdown is officially on. Continue reading “You’re Invited: Food Network Star Watch Party!!”

Southern Fish Fry Meets Mexican Fiesta

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Rebekah’s cod tacos are a crispy, cool and refreshing taste of summertime.

I love fish tacos. It’s a dish I order often while on vacation or at local seafood restaurants when the fish are fresh out of the Atlantic. The good news is they’re also super easy to make at home. Southern fish fry meets Mexican fiesta and it’s party time! Continue reading “Southern Fish Fry Meets Mexican Fiesta”

Mother’s Day Dessert: Blueberry-Lemon Bundt Cake

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WOW! Just look at the color in this cake. Dusting the blueberries in flour allows them to distribute evenly throughout the cake, for a blueberry in every bite!

Blueberry and lemon go together like peas and carrots, and I’ve got a luscious, slightly sweet and colorful cake that combines these flavors for the ultimate Mother’s Day Dessert. Continue reading “Mother’s Day Dessert: Blueberry-Lemon Bundt Cake”