The most important part of any celebration is spending time with people you enjoy. Get everyone to bring a dish. I usually make the main dishes. This was last year’s Fourth of July party. What’s great is we walk across 2 minutes to the beach to watch the Fireworks and come back for dessert.
See below for this year’s spread plus updates in blue. After making the ribs, I realized I missed a few directions which help tremendously.
Most of the cold dishes can be prepared ahead of time, just assemble prior to guests arriving. Main thing is get your table setting beautiful so when guests walk in, it’s stunning!
Celery and Red Bean Salad
2. Proportion: 4 hoisin, 1 tamari,2 chili garlic sauce, 1/4 lime juice. Marinade should be thick so it clings to ribs. Slather it on. When you flip over ribs, add more marinade.
3. Grill till crispy with burnt edges.Slice down each rib. It’s even better to grill each rib on its side. Watch and smell, you’ll know when they’re ready…
Shrimp ceviche with red onion and cilantro (thanks Sander)
and my Hoisin Ribs
I had to ripen tomatoes and mangoes by the window, they tend to pick them way too green. Notice the mint and parsley I got from Toyota Venza event on Lincoln Road, posting right after this.
Pineapple, Mango Salsa with tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, scallions, red and green Jalapena chilies, pickled in Japanese rice vinegar, lime juice. This is perfect with the ribs or grilled salmon, well, just about anything actually.