David X., Jul 3, 2019 : Hi folks, With Independence Day fast-approaching, I hope everyone's busy making some awesome weekend plans. Here in New York we're expecting light clouds on Thursday, with thunderstorms to follow over the weekend. This year, I'm planning to get out of the city to do some kayaking on the Hudson River. Objectives include a picnic on the river —maybe a little cheeseboard and some good bread, a nice book (currently reading some loose-leaf Stuart Dybek short stories), and a short hike in the woods. In the evening, I'm taking out the tongs and doing some grilling. Thinking something along the lines of Cajun-inspired hot dogs —spicy andouille sausage with light cajun seasoning, okra relish, diced onion, and a dab of Crystal hot sauce on a hot dog bun. Unconventional? Yes. Tasty? Yes! Bonus points if we can get a nice bonfire going, and roast some s'mores over the fire (hot tip: get strawberry-flavored marshmallows if they're available. They go great with milk chocolate). What are your plans for Independence Day? If you've got some recipes bookmarked, be sure to share them in this thread!