NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- This week, Americans will celebrate the Fourth of July, which honors the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. As part of that tradition, families will take enjoy a day off from work and relax at the side of pool and enjoy -- and share recipes for -- barbecue and pecan pie.
My problem is that I'm not much of a cook, so I can't offer any good recipes, and since I'm from South Carolina I eat only mustard-based barbeque. Furthermore, I'm trying to lose a few pounds for the beach, so I'm just staying away from anything that resembles a fat gram.
So as my kids enjoy splashing in the pool on the Fourth, what kind of recipe can I share with my friends and family? I don't want to be "Boring Bettie" and talk about the threat of rising interest rates and I certainly don't want to get so bored that I'm forced to take off my shirt and do belly flops (that would be dangerous).
I want to talk about something that everyone at the party can relate with and I want to be able to come up with the best recipe ever. I need a "secret ingredient" that will make all of my friends think that I'm the most amazing chef around...