Last-Minute Fourth of July Party Cooking Timeline

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So we put together this easy plan--that will taste amazing and impress all of your friends--because we love you.

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Fresh vegetables + Ruffles potato chips + purchased blue cheese dip
Grilled Skirt Steak with Herb Salsa Verde
Roasted Corn with Manchego and Lime
Mixed greens
Crusty baguettes
No-Bake Chocolate Raspberry Cream Pie

1. What to Get Done First Thing in the Morning

Wash vegetables for the snacks plate and arrange with blue cheese dip on a nice platter ready to serve. Stick it in the fridge.

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1. What to Get Done First Thing in the Morning

Make sure you have enough beer, wine, and ice.

1. What to Get Done First Thing in the Morning

Figure out your utensils, plates, napkins, and cup situation.

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1. What to Get Done First Thing in the Morning

Wash and dry salad greens; put them in the bowl you plan to serve them in and stick it in the fridge with a damp paper cloth draped over the top.

1. What to Get Done First Thing in the Morning

Make the pie and chill.

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1. What to Get Done First Thing in the Morning

Knock out all the prep for the corn dish: Roast the corn, chop chives, grate cheese, etc; have all your ingredients measured and ready to combine in a saute pan.

2. Just Before Guests Arrive

Set out the snacks.

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2. Just Before Guests Arrive

Make the herb salsa verde.

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2. Just Before Guests Arrive

Slice the crusty baguettes in a diagonal and put them in a bowl (people will want them for sopping up any salsa verde on left on their plates).

2. Just Before Guests Arrive

Make sure that it's very easy for your guests to help themselves to cold drinks.

2. Just Before Guests Arrive

Season your steak with salt and let it come to room temp.

3. When It's Time to Eat

Grill the meat. Make sure your grill is nice and hot; this should take only 10 minutes (that includes resting time).

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3. When It's Time to Eat

Finish the corn dish by sauteing everything together and set it out.*

*Let's say you didn't get a chance to shuck the corn you roasted. Whatever! Set them out next to bowl of mayonnaise with a grill brush in it, a plate of crumbled cheese and bowls of chile powder and lime wedges and tell your guests it's a DIY Mexican corn bar. Done!

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3. When It's Time to Eat

Dress greens with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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3. When It's Time to Eat

Bring out the bread.

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"Remember, Honey: Bill and Kathy, Joe and Sam, Eddie and all of your weird friends from work are coming over."
"Yeah, but not until on the Fourth, so there's time."
[Roll over, sleep for five more minutes]
"WAIT, THAT'S TOMORROW!"
[Spring out of bed, frantically make coffee, scribble down menu and leave for grocery store with one shoe on]

We know the feeling. So we put together this easy plan--that will taste amazing and impress all of your friends--because we love you.

Happy Fourth.

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