We are coming up on a long holiday weekend. Everyone will be celebrating the 4th of July on Thursday and the parties and get-togethers will continue through three more days with friends and family and lots of food.

If you are like me, there is only so much slaving away in the kitchen that you are willing to do, and I will probably have exhausted that quota in the first two days. Hopefully all the guests will have left by Sunday evening and we will either be too sated to eat any more, or will tackle the leftovers.

That leaves Saturday. Fortunately for you, I have come up with a super easy plan; and the Market is open on Saturday morning! With the following handy list, you can have a marvelous cookout with a minimum of effort! 

Holiday Cookout Shopping List

  • Bratwurst or Chorizo (or other ground meats — from Royer, Phelps, Apple Works, or Schacht)
  • Pretzel buns (from Brotgarten Bakery — other choices available from Valentine Hill Farm and Cornerstone Bread Co.)
  • Cheese (Vermillion River Blue or Gouda from Ludwig’s)
  • Tomatoes for slicing (from Compean, Norman Mullet, or Anna Belle’s)
  • Onions (from Fields, Wild’s, Compean, Silverthorn, or Earthly Delights)
  • Lettuce (from Harvestland, Norman Mullet, or Wild’s)
  • Corn on the Cob (from My Dad’s Sweet Corn)
  • Broccoli, cauliflower, & carrots (from Norman Mullet, Funny Bone, or Compean)
  • Hummus (for dipping the raw veggies – from Indiana Microgreens or Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering)
  • Potato chips (from Amazing Chips)
  • Creamy cucumber dip (for the chips — from Me and Dippy McGee)
  • Tea (for sun-brewing — from Humboldt County Tea)
  • Pie (from Food Florist or Apple Works)
  • Ice Cream (from Lick)
  • Fresh fruit for topping (from Anna Belle’s, Silverthorn, Earthly Delights, Compean, or Pete’s Peaches)

All you have to do now is make up the patties, brew the tea, soak the corn, wash and cut up the veggies, and set everything out.  Fire up the grill and let people serve themselves.  You can kick back and relax and it will look like an amazing spread while you know how little you actually had to do to prepare it.

Note: If you have house guests this weekend, you may want to grab some breakfast pastries from Valentine Hill, Cornerstone, Circle City Sweets, Scholars Inn, or Rene’s Bakery for a leisurely no-cooking breakfast.