Friday, July 4, 2008


As with many holidays, the 4th of July Independence Day celebration includes food, drink & the realisation of how fortunate we are. But being from another country I decided to surf the internet in search of cool 4th of July stuff to broaden my horizons. I came across and here are some the interesting tidbits it offered up:
Did you know?....

Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a bbq during the previous year. It's probably safe to assume a large # of these events took place on the Fourth.
You can almost count on traditional favorites such as hamburgers & hot dogs, chicken, ribs, garden salads, potato salad, chips & watermelon. Following is a summary of where these foods come from:
*There's a 1-in-6 chance the beef on your backyard grill came from Texas. The Lone Star State is the leader in the production of cattle and calves.
*The chicken on your bbq grill probably came from one of the top broiler-producing states: Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina and Mississippi.
*The lettuce in your salad or on your burger probably was grown in California, which, combined, produced more than two-thirds of U.S. tomatoes. The ketchup on your burger or dog probably came from California, which accounted for 95% of processed tomato production last year.
*As to potato salad or potato chips or fries, Idaho & Washington produces about one-half the nation's spuds.
*For dessert, six states - California, Florida, Georgia, Arizona and Indiana - combined to produce about 80% of watermelons last year. 

Bet you didn't know all that! 
Off to man my own grill.  

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