Cowgirl Chef: An apres-fireworks Fourth of July party

07/01/2014 12:00 AM

06/27/2014 3:56 PM

July Fourth is on a Friday this year, so if you’ve put off having a party in years past (saying you have to work the next day and then calling in sick anyway), now you have absolutely no excuse whatsoever.

When the sky has darkened again and the firecrackers have stopped popping, put the kiddos to bed and host an adults-only apres-fireworks get-together.

With the day free of responsibilities, you can spend your entire free time in the kitchen, cooking up a feast for your guests.

But why would you?

Instead, make the entire meal, start to finish, ahead of time — heck, you can prep stuff Thursday night and tweak a bit Friday, after you relax at the pool — then have a few grown-up friends over after the fireworks show, wherever you happen to be.

(If you’re lucky enough to be near water, may your day be filled with nonstop fruity beverages and a juicy book, on a comfy lounge chair underneath a floppy hat. If that’s the case, by all means, don’t disrupt the revelry to prep; you might just order pizza.)

On the other side of the pond, where I’ll be this Fourth of July, dinner often doesn’t begin until 10 or 11 p.m. and lasts well past midnight. These long, hot days that stretch far into the evening aren’t going to be here for long, so let’s enjoy them while we can.

Don’t forget to pick up the sparklers.

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