Happy Independence Day!
Happy Independence Day!
If you’re preparing for an outdoor party or get-together set the stage ahead of time by purchasing disposable plates, cups, silverware, and napkins. Make sure to have trash bags, paper towels, and cleaning supplies on hand. Clear off the counters and dishwasher in advance, so you have an open work space. If you’re dining al fresco for two then, by all means, use real dishes.
During your party or get-together make sure to leave trash and recycling bins accessible to guests. Because you’re unable to monitor everything, recruit a few people to help you take charge of specific tasks like replenishing drinks and periodically clearing away trash.
For cleanup use large trays for transporting food and supplies back to the house. Pack up leftovers, using resealable bags instead of more bulky plastic containers. Soak pots, pans, grill tools, and dishes to make them easier to clean. Designate a family member to clean one section of the yard.
“Work With What You Got!”
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Have A Wonderful July 4th!
Tiny New York Kitchen wishes you and your loved ones a very Happy 4th of July!
July 4th is right around the corner and you’ll feel even more patriotic with this sturdy American made Star Spangled Spatula. This awesome spatula was designed by Jacob Riley-Wasserman and hand crafted right here in America by Lamson and Goodnow. The Star Spangled Spatula is made from stainless steel and American Walnut and sells for (gulp) $65. Because it is made by the oldest and most-respected cutlery company it should last a lifetime. The Star Spangled Spatula is also available in plastic for $12 and comes in red, white, blue and black. Perfect for any barbecue!
Where to buy?
Summer is here and why pay top dollar going out when you can make delicious hot dogs at home? Here is a guide to the different ways Americans make their frankfurters around the country. I had the Sonoran style hot dogs while I was in Tucson in February and absolutely loved them.
New York Style
Served with brown or German mustard and sauerkraut or onions cooked in tomato paste.
Served on a poppy seed bun with mustard, pickle relish, sport peppers, onions, tomatoes, dill pickles and celery salt. Pepperoncini can be substituted for sport peppers.
Kansas City Style
Served on a sesame seed bun with brown or German mustard, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese.
Atlanta “Dragged Through The Garden” Style
Serve topped with coleslaw.
Detroit “Coney” Style
Served with chili, onions, mustard and cheddar cheese.
Served with cream cheese and grilled onions.
Phoenix/Tucson “Sonoran” Style
Served as a bacon-wrapped hot dog with pinto beans, onions, tomatoes, mustard, mayo, jalapeno peppers and cheese.
Austin “Tex-Mex” Style
Served with queso, guacamole and crushed tortilla chips.
San Francisco “Wine Country” Style
Served with red wine caramelized onions and goat cheese.
Miami “Cuban” Style
Served with mustard, pickles and Swiss cheese.
One of my favorite things to do is browse vintage and antique shops. I like to add to my collection of interesting platters, silver and other various kitchen and dining items that I found over the years. I am thrilled when I come across a real find and if it has a low price sticker I am even more thrilled. Imagine my surprise when I ran into an ad for the “Twentieth Annual Antiques In The Church Yard” at the Stevens Memorial United Methodist Church in South Salem, New York. Honestly, I didn’t really have any July 4th plans so how great it was that I now had something fun to do. The drive to South Salem was beautiful and finding the place wasn’t too difficult. I parked the car, paid my $7 admission and started combing through the 120 booths. Like most “antique” fairs, there was a lot of junk, but there was plenty of good stuff too. I came away with a nice set of Vintage Sandwich Glasses (Depression Era Glass) and a Vintage Amish Lunch Pail. It couldn’t have been a better day. Nothing fancy or over the top. For me it’s about the simple things.