Make your Fourth of July Sweeter

Are you proud to be an American? Are you proud to not be an American but a citizen of the United States? Then the Fourth of July is the perfect country-loving holiday for you! The important question, though, is not whether or not you’re American, it’s how do you throw the perfect America-filled party to celebrate the independence of a superpower?

First, it needs to be a BBQ pool party. Everyone will arrive with tiny American flags swaying in the wind from the window of their cars and the ladies will come dressed in American flag bikinis while the fellas, shockingly, will come in American flag board shorts. And, if the guys are not feeling the water, they’ll dress up with sneakers and mid-calf length American flag socks. This is not embarrassing at all.

The food has to be exclusive to America, meaning, no hamburgers or hotdogs. Germany has those rights. Also, no pizza. Damn Italians. That basically leaves chicken wings and other variations of chicken. Yum.

Now, the fun part, the alcohol. It’s not a party unless someone gets sick on your bathroom floor? There is no Corona at a Fourth of July party. Thank God we now have a bunch of amazing craft beer makers in America and shockingly some great new ones right here in Miami like Wynwood Brewery Company.

Vodka originated in Eastern Europe so looks like you won’t be infusing that watermelon this year. Or downing six Jell-O shots.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip

Honestly, the highlight of this party is going to be the dessert. Chocolate Chip Cookies, an American classic that actually came from America, is the only option. So make it good and stock up on Om Nom Nom Cookies Chocolate Chip cookie to make up for the mood-crushing party.

Vegan Hot Dog Recipe for 4th of July

Summer Recipe: Vegan Hotdogs

You’ve probably noticed from sweating as soon as you open your front door that summer is nearly here. And being Miami natives we know that the summer heat is no joke. First it’s July , the month in which it rains everyday, and then comes August, the hot, hot, hot month that just won’t quit it.

During those hot months though it’s always nice to go outside, get the grill going, and take a dip in the pool. Being Vegan and all, regular meat-filled BBQ foods cannot be consumed by us so we searched the web for a meatless alternative to the classic hotdog.

Makes: About 8
• 9 ounces firm tofu
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 5 tablespoons almond meal
• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1/2 medium onion, diced
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tablespoon smoked paprika or several generous dashes liquid smoke
• 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1 teaspoon ground mustard
• 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 1 1/8 cup vital wheat gluten
• 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Crumble tofu into the bowl of a food processor.
In a liquid measuring cup, measure the 2 tablespoons soy sauce and add enough water to get to the 100mL line. Add to food processor.
Add almond meal, oil, onion, garlic, paprika/liquid smoke, sugar, salt, pepper, coriander, mustard, nutmeg, cardamom, and cumin to the processor and pulse until smooth, about two minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl.
Add vital wheat gluten and cornstarch to the mixture and stir to combine. Knead gently – the mixture will be soft but you’ll see strands of gluten forming.
Divide the dough into eight equal pieces. Roll each into a rough hot dog shape (doesn’t have to be perfect). Wrap each dog in parchment paper and then aluminum foil. Twist ends of the foil shut.
In a large pot with a steamer insert or basket, bring enough water to just under the steamer to a boil. Arrange your hot dogs in the steamer – close together is fine, and it’s okay if they’re touching.
Cover and steam for 45 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool in the pot, uncovered.
To cook, unwrap hot dogs and simmer in water for five minutes, or fry in a frying pan, or throw ‘em on the grill until hot and pretty with grill marks!
Serve on buns with ketchup, mustard, relish, diced onions, or your favorite hot dog topping.