So, I need to know: am I still a legitimate American if I don’t bbq something on the 4th of July? Be honest, I can take it.
The thing is, while I love grilled food, I secretly think it’s more work. Especially things like burgers which require sliced, diced and prepared accoutrement in order for them to be holiday-worthy. Since I have a houseful this year, I don’t want to be doing a bunch of stuff at the last minute so I decided to make this instead. Baked ziti. I’ve tried a lot of recipes for Ziti and this is by far my favorite. It’s cheesy glory and makes enough to feed a whole entire army of proud Yankees. And it can be made ahead and then baked an hour or so before serving. Throw in a salad and bread and it’s a party!
So Ziti is my plan. And these cupcakes by Giada which remind me of trifle but not so “pile -o-dessert”ish. Speaking of which, I’m totally on a cupcake kick and I probably will need some sort of intervention soon.
Loving America, Jesus, family and food,