If you are hosting a backyard barbecue this Fourth of July (or even looking for some scrumptious dishes to take along to another gathering), you’re in luck! This complete menu has something for everyone, from sweet and smokey grilled corn with cilantro-lime pesto and couscous salad with cherry tomatoes to succulent marinated flank steak and fresh zucchini ribbon salad. Top it all off with a mouthwatering vanilla-scented cobbler overflowing with juicy nectarines. And get your buzz on with sparkly vodka cocktails infused with cucumber, mint, and lemon. Happy Fourth!

Photos by Wendy Goodfriend

Grilled Corn-On-The-Cob with Lime-Cilantro Pesto. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Grilled Corn-On-The-Cob with Lime-Cilantro Pesto
Grilled Marinated Flank Steak with Arugula Salad. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Grilled Marinated Flank Steak with Arugula Salad
Shaved Zucchini Salad with Lemon, Almonds, and Asiago. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Shaved Zucchini Salad with Lemon, Almonds, and Asiago
Israeli Couscous, Cherry Tomato, Arugula Salad with Basil Pesto Vinaigrette. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Israeli Couscous, Cherry Tomato, Arugula Salad with Basil Pesto Vinaigrette
A luscious slice of sweet summer Nectarine Upside-Down Cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Upside-Down Nectarine Cobbler
Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz
Make Your Own Fireworks With This Fourth of July BBQ menu! 29 June,2017Kim Laidlaw


Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook author, editor, food writer, producer, project manager, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has over 16 years of experience in book and online publishing, and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen.

Her first cookbook, Home Baked Comfort, was published in 2011; her second cookbook, Baby & Toddler On the Go, was published in April 2013; and her third cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Dessert of the Day, was published in October 2013.

She was the first blogger on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005, and previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and their child, whom she cooks for everyday. Find out more at http://www.kimlaidlaw.com.


Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area;  Taste This; Jacques Pepin's websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.

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