Considerable network and local air time last week was devoted to ways to spice up holiday barbecues and cook outs.
For me, one of the major charms of a cook out is tradition. I like my burgers. I like my hot dogs. I like my standard macaroni salad and potato salad. Put some lettuce, tomato, ketchup and onion on the burger. Maybe a slice or two of cheese, preferably Swiss. American is horribly bland. Mustard on the hot dog. Relish and onions are okay. If a dear old friend is still reading the blog, she is cringing over the onion thing. Sorry. I gotta be me.
Standard burgers and dogs simply taste like a holiday.
You can keep the fancy stuff.