Our Picks for Fourth of July Weekend

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by Sarah Lagrotteria 

We’re going to call it. Barbecued ribs, potato salad and cake with berries and whipped cream are national treasures. You can celebrate the Fourth without them, but you're bound to disappoint someone to the point that even a sparkler can’t fix. This year we’re making the classics but adding a twist to the traditional shortcake and berry dessert: baking sponge cake in star-shaped silicone molds (the modern way) and in tin cans (the pioneer way). Both vessels yield a fluffy base for your berries to dampen, so the question is what style of baker you want to be this year. 

The farmer's market inspired our other offerings: Southern-style fried green tomatoes, crispy stuffed squash blossoms and roasted summer beets. Tell us, what are you serving this weekend?

Oink Moo Cluck ribs with homemade barbecue sauce. We won't judge you for that sauce all over your face.

Oink Moo Cluck ribs with homemade barbecue sauce. We won't judge you for that sauce all over your face.

We couldn't decide which shape would be cuter for the cakes so we made them both. They turned out equally adorable. 

We couldn't decide which shape would be cuter for the cakes so we made them both. They turned out equally adorable. 

"Let them eat cake...

"Let them eat cake...

..in all shapes." -Marie Antoinette. Right?

..in all shapes." -Marie Antoinette. Right?

Fried Green Tomatoes. Disclaimer: edible Columbus will not be held responsible for any guests getting filled up on our appetizer. It's that good. 

Fried Green Tomatoes. Disclaimer: edible Columbus will not be held responsible for any guests getting filled up on our appetizer. It's that good. 

By the way, this recipe may spark competition between whose grandma can fry 'em better. 

By the way, this recipe may spark competition between whose grandma can fry 'em better. 

Squash blossoms freshly picked from the garden.

Squash blossoms freshly picked from the garden.

Stuffed with fresh mozzarella balls and basil...

Stuffed with fresh mozzarella balls and basil...

Then fried to perfection.

Then fried to perfection.

Summer roasted beets. Optional: top with goat cheese (not optional for us though, we don't mess around with our goat cheese obsession). 

Summer roasted beets. Optional: top with goat cheese (not optional for us though, we don't mess around with our goat cheese obsession). 

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Share with us your Fourth of July festivities and other local ventures with the hashtag #LiveLocalCbus.