4th of july is almost upon us, and the i heart keenwah gang is getting ready to celebrate. here are ravi and sarah's top 3 tips for having an awesome 4th of july weekend.
ravi's top 3
1. quinoa salad: being the quinoa enthusiast that i am, i am always asked to contribute something quinoa-related to a potluck. 4th of july is no different. my trick: combine some chilled pre-cooked quinoa with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta, and crushed garlic for a crowd-pleasing side dish. for extra foodie cred, dress the salad with dried sumac (available at most specialty stores), thyme and olive oil. it's the bomb.
2. banana ice cream: my wife and i love ice cream, but we try not to eat it every day (*try* is underscored here). how do we make do? use this recipe from the kitchn on vegan gluten-free soy-free dairy-free banana ice cream. it'll change your life. expert tip: add some sea salt and crushed pistachios to your mix to make your ice cream even more awesome.
3. moss garden: the etsy-set calls them terrariums, i call them moss gardens. most 4th of july weekends are spent herding my older sister's children through the forests of rural western pennsylvania (where my mom lives and where we normally spend our july 4th's). how do you tame two mini-monsters under the age of 7 when you are on uncle duty? give them a project that requires them to get their hands dirty. take an old mason jar, start with a layer of rocks, then sand, then dead brush, then moss. kids love the activity and it's sure to occupy at least an hour of babysitting time. the mini gardens make nice house additions. expert tip: moss gardens stay alive forever provided that you maintain a level of humidity; spritz with water every few weeks and keep the lid on 90% of the time.
sarah's top 3
1. bbq chicken: the bbq is a pre-requisite for any 4th of july party. it smells good, tastes good, and screams americana for an unbelievably easy but drop dead phenomenal bbq i cube some organic chicken, season it with altius greek seasoning from mjm foods, and skewer those babies. everyone will be asking for the recipe, and you can just give 'em your best wouldn't you like to know smile.
2. frozen grapes: every kid wants one and they bring back memories for mom and dad. but who knows what they put in them these days, and how do they get that captain america bright blue coloring? try freezing some green and red grapes and enjoy nature's very own popsicle! makes a great game too when everyone tries to catch one in their mouth.
3. fireworks party: if you're like me and you hate fighting crowds, convince your buddies to have a rooftop party. most buildings you can at least sneak a few lawn chairs onto. from there you'll be surrounded by fireworks all night. open a cold one and enjoy the scenery.