My wife and I both got Thursday and Friday off, making for a rare, extra long weekend together. We planned on a small, Friday gathering with a few friends. We spent the 4th itself cooking. I prepared 2 racks of ribs with a dry rub, cooked up a sauce, and she put together a strawberry pie. On Friday we got up earlier than we would have liked. I wrapped the ribs in foil and put them on low on the grill to cook until lunch. I came back inside and got started on a skillet of cornbread while my wife worked on a tray of baked mac and cheese. Our friends arrived in the late morning with twice baked potato salad and baked beans.
While the ribs finished we opened up the gaming table and started a game of Slay the Spire. We took a short break, far away from the game, to eat. We washed up, went back to the game, and beat the heart by early evening.

South Carolina Style Ribs
This is primarily inspired by Binging with Babish’s take on Freddy’s ribs from House of Cards. It has become an annual staple for birthdays and holidays. Ingredients * Pork Spare Ribs (3 racks) Dry Rub * Chili Powder (3 tbsp) * Garlic Powder (1 tbsp) * Onion Powder (1 tbsp) * Smoked Paprika (1 tbsp)
Baked Mac and Cheese
Adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe. This is a a favorite of my wife’s, she endeavors to make it several times a year. We usually double the recipe. Ingredients * Elbow Macaroni (1/2 lb) * Butter (3 tbsp) * Flour (3 tbsp) * Powdered Mustard (1 tbsp) * Milk (3 cups) * Yellow Onion (1/2
A super basic cornbread recipe, we keep all the ingredients except milk on hand at all times. Ingredients * Cornmeal (1 cup) * Flour (1 cup, all purpose) * Baking Powder (4 tsp) * Sugar (1/4 cup, white granulated) * Salt (1/2 tsp) * Milk (1 cup, we usually use 1% anything but skim

4th of July Weekend