Okay, let’s get at it. The 4th of July weekend is almost upon us. Who among us "Just can’t wait?" We need a long weekend, it has been too long.

I hope you and the family and friends have lots of 4th of July plans.  Maybe the fireworks along the Penobscot?  And in many communities in all corners of Maine. I think the earliest ones start at 9 p.m.. and the latest start at 9:45 p.m. If we had the ability to be up in the air and travel at a nice speed we’d see show after show for an hour.

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Maybe you line the streets for a patriotic parade?  Nothing like celebrating America than with a parade.

Independence Day weekend is also a great time to have a barbeque. So let’s play hat if”. Here’s how it goes. I’m hosting the BBQ, you have been invited. I will supply the meat and I ask you to bring a side dish or two.  What would you bring.  What is your ‘Oh Wow’ dish that everyone who knows you says is delicious.

Here’s the poll.  Again pick a side dish, or two.  Knock yourself out if you want and select 3.

Now let me get some stuff ready on the grill for the guests.

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The reason I start with hot dogs is simple. I rarely eat hot dogs. And there is no better way to cook a dog than on the grill.

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That looks like Rosemary on top of those steaks. I didn't know she was going to be here.

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Those burgers look good. How do you like yours cooked?  And do you want cheese on yours?

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Chicken is another great item from the grill. Aren't you glad we're Americans and we get so much great variety when we eat. I could eat chicken almost everyday for the rest of my life and still love it.

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Hope you came hungry. Sausages will be ready in a few minutes.

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Fish on the grill. Mostly I bake fish, but it is the 4th of July. Let's live it up.

Thank you for coming. Thanks for the great side dishes. Hold on. This was just a pleasant thought. Enjoy your 4th of July BBQ, and I'll enjoy mine.

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