There's a special ingredient in Tar Heel politics that the state's establishment have repeatedly ignored at their peril. Unique in Dixie, North Carolina has a populist tradition going back to the 1670s.
The best salad for a picnic on a hot day -- whether it is July 4th or later in the summer -- is one that you can prepare beforehand and that won't spoil in the heat. Here's one that fits the bill -- plus it's easy to make and tastes great.
Now, if you tell foodies around the country about BBQ Crabs, they usually respond as if they DO know the dish. "Oh, sure," they say. "That's crabs on a grill." Wrong. "Oh, sure," they say. "That's like the BBQ Shrimp of New Orleans, cooked in a pan with butter." Wrong again.