Fourth of July festivities are as diverse as the nation itself. This regionally inspired menu offers a feast for Independence Day. (Serves 6)
Littleneck Clams with Sausage
Peas and Pods
Steamed new potatoes with parsley

Grilled Salmon with Tangy Cucumber Sauce
Blueberry and Blackberry Galette with Cornmeal Crust
Credit: Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Beer Note Reach for an English-style pale ale, like Cisco Brewers Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Nantucket, to serve with this menu. English-style pale ales are less hoppy and bitter than their American counterparts. The earthy English hops and caramel malt in this beer complement the fuller flavors of sausage and salmon, but the beer remains refreshing and balanced. –Jeffery Lindenmuth