I love a holiday or occasion that gives us permission to eat sticky, delicious food like chicken wings and ribs. The Fourth of July fits that description for me. Here in New England, after a long winter this holiday is one of the first opportunities to take a small grill or a hamper of already prepared foods —like these make-ahead Firecracker Hot Wings— and stake out a spot on a beach or in the park with family or friends and enjoy the feast.
I love beginning the day with a really delicious jam. But I take even more pleasure in spreading the flavor into evening with a golden, glazed roast chicken. In almost any weather but especially when the air is chilly a bird roasting in the oven and filling the kitchen with warmth and good scents makes me very happy. Apricot orange jam is the basis for a pretty perfect glaze. Here is an astoundingly delicious and beautiful bird to grace your table and warm up the house for friends and family.