Happy 4th of July! I hope you’ll take a few minutes to enjoy our special 4th of July edition of Monday Madeleines. If you unplugged or were out of town for the holiday weekend and are reading this after the fact, here are a few morsels to extend your holiday.
Wieners and Wine
Hot dogs on the 4th of July are certainly an American tradition in many U.S. households and a star of many a barbecue get-together. It’s only fitting then, that Slate’s wine critic and competitive eater Sean “Flash” Gordon conducted a tasting to see which wines pair best with the ubiquitous hot dog. The results may or may not surprise you, but here’s a hint: If you’re serving up chili dogs, stick with beer. Thanks to @wininginmiami for this tasty tidbit.
Patriotic Fourth of July Desserts and Drinks
Here’s a collection of easy red, white and blue dessert ideas with recipes and pics for the Fourth if you just can’t decide what to serve. If these desserts taste half as good as they look, they’ll be the hit of the party, this year or next. Courtesy of @DrWeb2 (Michael McCulley) of San Diego.
Who’s Up for a Fourth of July Round of Mad Libs?
Last week’s Friday Funny feature on the Glamour blog Smitten featured what looks to be a very fun exercise in creativity. Here’s how it starts out, just to give you an idea:
It was a tough week at your _______ (1. Adjective) office. But things started to look up when _______ (2. Crush’s name) invited you to a Fourth of July barbeque. He said it was a pot luck, so you _______ (3. Adverb) offered to make your world-famous potato salad. He gave you a _______ (4. Adjective) look and said he’d love to help you make your spudsy side dish.
I can see a lot of hilarious potential here for a great party game. Why not give it a shot? Don’t be bashful, feel free to post your creation right in the comments below. This crazy idea (wish we’d thought of it first) came our way from @BeatsREDwine.
Video of the Week
Largest July 4th Fireworks Display in America
What’s an Independence Day celebration without fireworks? Here’s a video of fireworks in New York City from 2008 (claimed to have more explosives than any other display in America). Nostalgia is provided by the Movietone News format and music by Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians.
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