Francis Scott Key

Star spangle your Fourth of July feast

Star spangle your Fourth of July feast

Almost 200 years ago — Sept. 14, 1814, to be exact — Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics to our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." The flag that inspired him, with its "broad stripes and bright stars," flew above Baltimore's Fort McHenry with 15 stars stitched onto the blue background, according to the Smithsonian, which houses this banner in its National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. That's a fine reason to make stars part of your Fourth of July celebration of our independence this year. Another? They make stellar eats. Collect star-shaped cookie cutters in several sizes. Or star-shaped baking pans. Or silicone molds...