Get out the charcoal! Fire up the grill! It's that time of year again to celebrate America's Independence with good food, good friends and, of course, exciting fireworks displays!
Charles-Clyde is making his favorite: grilled marinated portobello mushrooms. Those are those giant mushrooms that have appeared in stores over the past couple of years. When marinated and grilled just right they taste just like the finest most tender cut of beef. Here's how Charles-Clyde does it:
Portobello Mushroom Marinade
1/2 cup virgin oive oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
fresh juice of 1 lemon
Mix together well in glass baking dish.
Remove and keep stems of mushrooms
Place mushrooms in marinade for 15 to 30 minutes, turning them over now and then.
Place on a hot grill but not in a direct flame.
Turn them over now and then.
Cook for about 10 minutes or until they become slightly softer and just barely begin to shrink.
Serve as a disk or cut into 1/4" slices
While Charles-Clyde prepares the dinner, Mavis is busy getting the pyrotechniques display ready for later.
In a safe place in the yard, she is putting up the sparklers which she will light after dark.
Fireworks came to us from the ancient Chinese who learned how to put their explosive powders into controlled devices thousands of years ago. These are rockets and other shapes which we still use today in fireworks displays. Their rockets got our modern scientists to start thinking of ways to build rockets that could take us into outer space. Fireworks displays are used to celebrate special events in cities all over the world. In the United States we use them on the day when we took our independence from European rulers and started this great country of our own.
The United States is a great and beautiful country. Not everyone in the world has the sort of freedom we "Americans" take for granted. Maybe the 4th of July should also be a sort of "Thanksgiving Day" for those of us who live here.