Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich? The Food52 Editorial Team Weighs In.

“Are hot dogs sandwiches?”

It’s the kind of question that can make your blood boil, raise your voice a few octaves higher than you knew possible, and summon strong opinions from even the shyest snacker in your friend group. Ahead of the July 4th weeke…

“Are hot dogs sandwiches?”

It’s the kind of question that can make your blood boil, raise your voice a few octaves higher than you knew possible, and summon strong opinions from even the shyest snacker in your friend group. Ahead of the July 4th weekend and the infamous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest held each year on New York’s Coney Island (I’m rooting for you, as always, Joey Chestnut), outdoor furniture retailer RTAOutdoorLiving.com surveyed 1,000 individuals in an attempt to settle the debate with no end. Reader: the results may be disturbing, so proceed at your own risk.

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Food52’s Ultimate Guide to the Long Weekend

There’s no better feeling than realizing on a Sunday evening that, “Hey, wait—I have off tomorrow!” The glory of the long weekend. This year, summer weekends feel especially sweet with many Americans slowly resuming pre-pandemic activities and reunitin…

There's no better feeling than realizing on a Sunday evening that, "Hey, wait—I have off tomorrow!" The glory of the long weekend. This year, summer weekends feel especially sweet with many Americans slowly resuming pre-pandemic activities and reuniting with loved ones after spending so much time apart.

To ensure you're making the most of every long weekend made available to you, we've come up with a guide to help you prepare for them all. Whether you're kicking back à la staycation, playing host to friends or family, or getting away yourself, we've got a menu idea, cleaning hack, or trusted product to make it easier for everyone.

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13 Easy & Elevated Decorating Ideas for Your 4th of July

When you think of Fourth of July decor, don’t let your mind go straight to plastic tablecloths, paper plates, and mini American flags. Of course, we hang Old Glory with pride, but we also like to find ways to create a festive ambiance without the kitsc…

When you think of Fourth of July decor, don’t let your mind go straight to plastic tablecloths, paper plates, and mini American flags. Of course, we hang Old Glory with pride, but we also like to find ways to create a festive ambiance without the kitsch or the waste.

Instead of highly themed accessories that you’ll only use once—or at the very least, once a year—look for timeless tabletop and patio finds in red, white, and blue (but not necessarily all three together) that can be used throughout the season.

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24 of Our Most Patriotic 4th of July Pie Recipes

From fruit fillings made with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries (sensing a theme here?) to refreshing ice cream pies to beat the heat, these 4th of July pie recipes are the perfect summertime treats for America’s birthday weekend…

From fruit fillings made with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries (sensing a theme here?) to refreshing ice cream pies to beat the heat, these 4th of July pie recipes are the perfect summertime treats for America's birthday weekend.

The basic premise of a fruit pie stays the same: you toss berries, stone fruit, or apples with some sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice, which help to release the fruit's juices and create a sweet-syrupy filling. Fill this in a pie shell, then top with an intricate design like a lattice pattern or a single layer of pie dough, along with a sprinkle of sanding sugar, and a dollop or two of whipped cream for good measure (after it bakes and cools, of course). The Fourth is a party, after all, and is worthy of a celebratory pie.

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16 Chewy-Crispy-Buttery Cookies for 4th of July (& Any Other Day)

Celebrate Independence Day with the most independent 4th of July dessert. What’s that, you ask? Cookies, of course! Cookies, unlike cakes, pies, and brownies, don’t need to be detached from a unit. Sure, you could say the same for similar dessert recip…

Celebrate Independence Day with the most independent 4th of July dessert. What's that, you ask? Cookies, of course! Cookies, unlike cakes, pies, and brownies, don’t need to be detached from a unit. Sure, you could say the same for similar dessert recipes (muffins, cupcakes, scones and friends), but they’re just not as self-sufficient as cookies, leaving you with parchment liners to dispose of or too many crumbs to contend with.

If you’re not feeling my logic, then here’s a fundamental truth: Cookies are always a good idea. Here are more than a dozen 4th of July recipes to satisfy cookie cravings of all stripes.

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9 Sundae (Funday) Sauces for Even Better Ice Cream

We’ve teamed up with our friends at All-Clad to bring you Pans With a Plan—a series sharing smart techniques, tasty recipe ideas, and all sorts of handy tips for cooking novices and seasoned pros alike. Here, food writer and recipe developer Posie Brie…

We’ve teamed up with our friends at All-Clad to bring you Pans With a Plan—a series sharing smart techniques, tasty recipe ideas, and all sorts of handy tips for cooking novices and seasoned pros alike. Here, food writer and recipe developer Posie Brien shows us how to level up our summer dessert spreads with homemade ice cream sauces (all of ‘em come together like a dream in All-Clad’s D3® Stainless Sauce Pan).


I can feel summer’s heat beckoning from just around the corner. The days are already warm enough for T-shirts, and my kitchen is taking a cue from the weather. As soon as spring starts its gentle turn toward the hot, syrupy days of summer, my meals—and my cooking—begin to follow suit. As a nearly fanatic lover of ice cream, the time has come for frozen desserts.

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21 Stellar Side Dishes for July 4

Sides are the perfect opportunity to add color, punch, texture and variety to the main event, whether that’s a humungo piece of grilled meat or veggie burgers. Personally my favorite kind of feast is when there are lots of sides and you just dig into t…

Sides are the perfect opportunity to add color, punch, texture and variety to the main event, whether that’s a humungo piece of grilled meat or veggie burgers. Personally my favorite kind of feast is when there are lots of sides and you just dig into them like tapas, main dish conspicuously missing. But hey, however you serve it, these sides—which you can grill on the day of or make ahead; serve piping hot or let sit in the sun for hours with no effect on quality—do right by the 4th of July.

1. Asparagus With Lemon-Pepper Marinade From Bryant Terry

Will you be grilling this 4th of July? Then let your main dish scoot over a bit to make room for some sides, like this vegan asparagus wonder where the marinade becomes the sauce.

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51 Recipes All Ready for the Fourth of July

If you’re celebrating Fourth of July, odds are said shindig will look a little different this year. But! Don’t let that stop you from feasting on blue cheese burgers, superlative potato salad, cream-topped fruit pie, and then some. Here are 51 socially…

If you’re celebrating Fourth of July, odds are said shindig will look a little different this year. But! Don’t let that stop you from feasting on blue cheese burgers, superlative potato salad, cream-topped fruit pie, and then some. Here are 51 socially-distant party-ready recipes for the holiday (and for the rest of summer, too).


Snacks

1. Nori Deviled Eggs

Egg yolks are mixed with mayo, soy sauce, and sesame oil, then topped with a crispy chip of nori.

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26 Highly Refreshing Drinks for Fourth of July Weekend

No matter how you spend this Fourth of July, there are likely three things you’ll need: sunscreen (a must if you plan to spend the day outdoors), plenty of snacks (we’ve got you covered here), and something to sip on.

It’s always a good idea to have p…

No matter how you spend this Fourth of July, there are likely three things you'll need: sunscreen (a must if you plan to spend the day outdoors), plenty of snacks (we've got you covered here), and something to sip on.

It's always a good idea to have plenty of water nearby, but you may want to mix things up a bit with a fun beverage or two. Think: super-refreshing drinks you can pour over ice and slurp through the afternoon and into the evening fireworks.

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These 4th of July Cakes Are Sweet Showstoppers

It seems like our 4th of July gatherings may be back to normal this year—think: gathering around a pool with your loved ones, a drink in one hand and a burger in the other. Sounds pretty good, right? In our opinion, every celebration calls for a specta…

It seems like our 4th of July gatherings may be back to normal this year—think: gathering around a pool with your loved ones, a drink in one hand and a burger in the other. Sounds pretty good, right? In our opinion, every celebration calls for a spectacular dessert, so we've gathered 29 of our all-time favorite 4th of July cake recipes. Serve them with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream because after all, this is America's birthday.

A stellar dessert table should include a solid lineup of pies, ice cream, cookies, and so on. But, in my mind, if you really want a holiday showstopper, you need a cake—one that looks super fancy, but that you don't need to be an expert baker to pull off. From a classic red, white, and blue American flag cake to a zippy citrus upside-down cake that's popping with color, these cakes make the sweetest 4th of July standouts. The best part? Just about all of them are beginner-friendly.

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