Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day Picnic

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For Independence Day, we head out to Stevens Creek County Park for an afternoon picnic. We grilled some corn on the cob and veggie kabobs (with onions, Brussels sprouts, green bell peppers, and tofu marinated in a lemon garlic marinate). Grilled corn always tastes great even without any butter or oil. The veggie kabobs were good, but next time we'll probably opt for some sort of barbecue sauce instead of the lemon garlic marinate.

Our personal favorite was the grilled portabella mushroom and red bell pepper sandwich. The portabella mushrooms were marinated with a little bit of Balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The mushrooms were topped with some arugula and blue cheese.

For dessert, grilled peaches and pineapple slices. I don't know what the fuss is about with grilled fruit. Ripe fruit is so delicious as is, grilling doesn't substantially improve it. I think the key is to use fruit that is slightly under ripen. Otherwise, the fruit becomes too mushy after grilling.

Overall, it was an excellent Independence Day. I certainly feel more patriotic on a full stomach. And now that we have a (small) grill and a place to go, we may head outdoors more often.

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