Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Official Firecracker Feast

Posted July 3, 2007 7:58 a.m. EDT
Updated July 3, 2007 8:23 a.m. EDT

What is the classic Carolina menu for the 4th of July? What food items are just absolutely necessary to make your holiday meal complete?

I would love to hear from you on this. We’ll tally the results and come up with the Official Firecracker Feast .

Growing up my family almost always picnicked on the Blue Ridge Parkway or by some chilly mountain swimming stream. I still savor those soggy pimento cheese sandwiches, potato salad and ice tea. Dessert consisted of caramel or chocolate cake or brownies. 

As a parent myself I have let those traditions slip away. Tomorrow I will probably grill hotdogs and hamburgers .  However, if I can find some pimento cheese made with extra sharp cheddar I might make a sandwich or two.  Maybe we'll have blackberry cobbler for dessert with brown sugar sauce.

What about you?