Sparklers, dirty paper plates, frothy beer, sunshine, and a yard strewn with various lawn chairs are a few of my favorite things this time of year. Traces of barbecue sauce and red, white, and blue streamers are evidence of a Fourth of July well done. Explosives and a keg of delicious, cold beer are important details but not the only details that matter. Food is key. Good ole' comfort food. I'm talking BBQ slathered ribs to pick off the bone, crispy coleslaw, pasta salad, and roasted chicken.