Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! We shared ours with a TV crew from Japan. The Tokyo Broadcasting System wanted to show how an American grilling guru spends the Fourth of July. So we staged a traditional barbecue, complete with grilled garlic bread, smoked brisket and salmon, grilled lobster, herb butter-basted grilled corn, and grilled pound with a patriotic assortment of strawberries, whipped cream, and blueberries for dessert. Our kids, chef Jake and nutritionist Betsy, were here with their friends, Pam Stubbs and Allan Drezner, and Mrs. Raichlen outdid herself by laying a beautiful table. Eyes popped and jaws dropped at the sheer quantity of food. Our new Japanese friends could not get over the brisket (waygu beef from Lobel’s).