As we welcome July heat with open arms and plenty of suntan lotion, it also means busting out the 4th recipes.
From barbeque to homemade pie, July 4th is a time for summer culinary experts to shine. To celebrate America's Independence, Patch is asking readers for their favorite dishes.
Have a secret spice you like to add to deviled eggs? Take mac'n'cheese to a deep south level? Or perhaps you're experimenting with new vegetarian options?
We want to know!
Share your recipes or secrets in the comments below and send photos of your prized concoctions to Patch guest editor Andrea Hart at email@example.com.
We'll also be asking local experts at Highland Park's Real Urban BBQ, Wilmette's Backyard Barbeque Store, and others for their insights.
Stay tuned for more 4th of July fun on Patch and a roundup of top recipes this Wednesdsay!