Surviving July 4th, or at least trying to….

A week ago I was determined to have a very low-key 4th of July. No big parties not endless days of preparing and cooking.

Here was the plan: Our friend Philip was going to be visiting for the weekend, so I figured we’d hang out go to some bars and maybe I’d make a little welcome dinner.

Well apparently I don’t understand the meaning of the word little, here is how the menu looked:IMG_3291And of course at the last minute other folks had been invited.

Then the next day I went to a friend’s house in Brooklyn for a BBQ – where I brought all the BBQ fixings and dessert.   Insane right?

The good news is that it’s all over!  And now I can rest and relax and prepare for my trip. More on that later along with some much over due recipes!


About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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2 Responses to Surviving July 4th, or at least trying to….

  1. reelcharlie says:

    I am as always honored to be a part of Urban Food Guy’s culinary extravaganzas. I can’t even begin to describe the tastes he fused last Friday evening. Everyone was in awe. And I got to have leftover for the next 2 days! Lucky me! xoxoxxo to an amazing chef and an even better friend!

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