Friday, June 27, 2014

Cooking for the 4th of July

Family and friends gather in our home every year to watch the 4th of July fireworks and celebrate Independence Day.  Long before dark and fireworks, the table is always laden with a variety of food in order to accommodate the various preferences, health issues and diets.


Appetizers  to Start

 

Fruit is the one food choice we all have in common and is part of every holiday menu.  However, for our 4th of July celebration, we also get to include Watermelon and Cantaloupe.  We have several family members who enjoy creating shaped bowls from the watermelon rind and filling it with a variety of fresh fruit balls and berries.  Ct_mom shows us all how to do that in her article Fun Carved Watermelon Ideas.  She even included how to make a watermelon keg in her article, which is something I have never done before and would love to try myself this year.



Main Course for Our 4th of July Meal

 

http://food.squidoo.com/homemade-barbeque-recipe-for-the-best-barbeque-sandwiches
For many years now, I have made my own special barbeque recipe for sandwiches simply because it is my husband's favorite sandwich meal.  

For our vegan daughter, we will prepare Grilled Black Bean Burgers.   I was rather excited to discover that Black Bean Burger recipe by Tvyps since I am always searching for a meat alternative to serve for our daughter.



Drinks & 4th of July Dessert 



http://sylvestermouse.hubpages.com/hub/4th-of-July-My mother always brings the 4th of July Flag Cake.  She started making that cake for the 4th of July when I as a little girl.  Here we are decades later and it is still a family favorite.  

I also make homemade, fresh squeezed lemonade for our gathering.  My lemonade recipe is really very easy to prepare and is the most requested summertime drink in our home, but it is always fun to add a little fun to the mix with Mocktails by hlkljgk.




http://sylvestermouse.squidoo.com/homemade-lemonade-recipe

Write & Share Your 4th of July Recipes


The Fourth of July celebration is truly a blast in our home!   I am always looking for new ideas and recipes to serve and share.  

If you have a recipe for the 4th of July celebration that you would like to share, simply leave your link in the guestbook below.   



If you are planning a party for the 4th of July, you will definitely want to visit "Patriotic Party Time" for a wealth of suggestions and tips.

16 comments:

  1. Watermelon carvings are so much fun. I haven't done one in ages. I've made black bean burgers before and they were delicious! I've never made lemonade but now I'm off to pick some lemons! Have a happy 4th of July!

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    1. The watermelon carving require a decidedly steadier hand than I have, but I can make those melon balls with the best of them :)

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  2. You have me hungry now! Your holiday spreads always sound so great. Can I please get an invite to this July 4th celebration? It's time I stopped drooling over your food and get to actually eat it! But, I am ready to try that Black Bean Burger recipe myself.

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    1. You would be more than welcome Susan! Plan to come early and stay late!!!

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  3. I can see why everyone would flock to your home to celebrate the 4th. Would love a slice of your mother's patriotic cake. The menu sounds divine. Have always wanted to try watermelon carving. Maybe this is the holiday season when I finally take the plunge. Thanks for the links that will make it all possible.

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    1. I guarantee you, Mom would be thrilled to give you a piece of her cake Diana! Then she would chat away with you during the fireworks :) Mom is definitely our family social butterfly

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    2. It would be fun to chat with your mother. :-)

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  4. I can not wait to try the black bean burger recipe, and I will not be waiting until the 4th of July!

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    1. lol! It is a very popular choice Ruth! Here is a secret just between you and me, even non-vegans will eat it :)

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  5. I love deviled eggs. Here's some in red, white, and blue: http://www.squidoo.com/patriotic-deviled-eggs

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    1. Oh, I love deviled eggs too! I will definitely be adding that article link to my 4th of July menu list! Thank you Valerie

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  6. I have three recipes for the 4th of July that would be great with your BBQ! Here are the links--http://www.squidoo.com/easy-bread-and-butter-pickles, http://food.squidoo.com/cook-corn-on-the-cob, and http://food.squidoo.com/coleslaw-recipe

    I bet you can tell that I love summertime food!

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    1. Oooooh! Thank you for sharing those articles and recipes with us Mickie! I am definitely adding them to the list above. I would hate for them to get overlooked in the comment section.

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  7. AWESOME! I can always use some new ideas for foods with a patriotic theme! They go with my patriotic buffet!

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    1. Indeed they would Mandee! I almost included your patriotic buffet here, but I knew you would probably be sharing it on Sunday. If you don't plan to, let me know and I will add it here :)

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  8. A little late for the 4th when I get here, but I'm heading to check it all out. Food is good anytime!

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