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Table Talk

Table Talk: June 30–July 7

Plus all of your great taste guides for the Fourth of July, bright salads and fresh vegetables and more.

by Katie Pollock Estes

Jun 30 2020 at 8 a.m.

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Photo courtesy ShutterstockFind your perfect recipe for a sweet Fourth of July dessert.

Plan Your Proteins

After you plan your Fourth of July cookout menu, you need to stock your fridge with the proteins. Several local stores and markets offer meats that are produced in 417-land. At Culture Counter, the sweet little market at Cherry Street and Pickwick Ave., you can find bratwurst, pork chops and more from 417-land’s Circle B Ranch. MaMa Jean’s Natural Market carried chicken from Peace Valley Poultry, beef from J.B. Kobe Farms, trout from Rockbridge Trout farm and tons more. Local butchers are a great resource as well, like Horrmann Meats (their bratwurst and sausages are awesome) and Worden’s Meat Company.

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Fourth of July Sweet Treats

A perfect cookout spread needs a little something for your sweet tooth, right? Try your hand at these recipes, which feature summer berries and sometimes even a little patriotic presentation.

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Build a Local S’more

If the grill is still fired up after your Fourth of July cookout (or better yet: if you have built a bonfire), the next logical step is to roast some marshmallows and whip up some s’mores. Make sure you stock up supplies to make locally inspired s’mores using chocolate from Askinosie Chocolate, Bon Bon’s Candy House or Davis Candy Co., along with fancy Smash Mallow marshmallows from MaMa Jean’s Natural Market. Try pairing a peanut buttery chocolate (like the dark chocolate and peanut butter Askinosie bar, a homemade peanut butter cup from Davis Candy Co. or a peanut butter banana bar from Bon Bon’s Candy House) with the strawberries-and-cream Smash Mallows for a peanut butter and jelly effect. We originally highlighted this s’mores tip in our Summer Nights feature, and this is the perfect time of year to revisit that story. It has tons of ideas for adding some fun to your holiday weekend after all your feasting.

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Have Fireworks for Dessert

Alright folks. You’re stuffed from your cook-out and hot from a day in the sun, so end the night lounging in a lawn chair watching the sky light up. We rounded up a list of local fireworks displays and updated which ones are a go for 2020 and which ones have been changed or canceled due to COVID-19.