I went out to LA for my sister Peggy’s annual fireworks party. Theoretically I go out to help her but in reality she doesn’t need any help. Unless hand-holding counts as help. She begin having this party when she and her family moved onto the beach with a great view of the ocean where the city of Manhattan Beach has fireworks on the second Sunday of December. Six years ago there were about 20 people, this year there were probably 70. The menu hasn’t varied much from the original party although the quantities have.
I did decorate the table, note the lovely hanging ornaments…but no one looks at table decorations when there’s fabulous food in the way including her world renowned spiced shrimp, pulled pork (with my world renowned BBQ sauce, OK, Judy Anderson’s), cheese tamales, cole slaw, tomato salad and this year we repurposed some green beans that her friend Wendi tried to force feed people the night before at her Hanukah latke party. I served them with lemon vinaigrette and they were the first to go, it is California after all.