I am not often one for kitschy holiday desserts, but don't mistake that for boring. In fact, I use any government-mandated celebration I can as an excuse to whip up a new recipe. That said, I usually prefer to keep it simple. I don't want any glitter, fluorescent dyes, flames, sparklers, or God forbid, a Roman candle near my food. Is that too much to ask?
Take this mixed berry fool. It is the epitome of class. And while it may have originated in England, when layered parfait-style with streaks of red and blue, it looks pretty darn American to me!
Planning a low key burgers and dogs menu for this year's 4th of July BBQ? Take a look at this simple tip that will take your hot dogs to the next level! A little prep work will turn your dogs into spiral condiment-grabbing and conversation-hogging BBQ stars.
Pisco is mostly known for its role in the famed Pisco Sour cocktail. But this spirit has a personality all its own. We love Pisco in big batches of punch for all sorts of summertime soirees. So we're kicking off the 4th of July with a Star- Spangled Chilean Pisco Punch perfect for toasting the occasion.
So you want to make something red, white, and blue to celebrate the 4th of July, but you're not really into sweets. Or you want to avoid red and blue food coloring, Well, I have two awesome savory options for you, from two smart bloggers. Salad, and cheese — Independence Day-style!
Are you planning anything red-white-and-blue for your 4th of July festivities next week? There are plenty of easy ways to do this: Layer strawberries and blueberries with whipped cream in glass cups, or make a classic flag cake. My favorite tri-color treat, though, has to be this cheesecake from Martha Stewart.
Zinfandel is the wine I most associate with the 4th of July holiday, not just because it is such an American wine, but also because it is perfect with barbecue. While there are lots of great choices out there, I heartily recommend this 2009 Estancia Keyes Canyon Ranches Zinfandel from Paso Robles, California.
Maybe it's the fact that this recipe combines two of my favorite things into a single dessert, or maybe it's the play on words, but no matter how you look at it, these "pies 'n' cream sandwiches" are just about the cutest thing ever and have 4th of July picnic written all over them.
A good drink dispenser (see some favorites here) is helpful at summer cookouts — it keeps lemonade or boozy beverages cold and makes it easy for guests to serve themselves without the need to constantly refill smaller pitchers. But beverage dispensers often aren't cheap, and honestly, I don't have room for such a bulky thing in my kitchen. This is why this idea is so brilliant — make a drink keg out of a watermelon!
Grilling is a beautiful thing. You can grill something (perhaps accidentally) until it's so blackened and beyond edible-looking that you think it won't be fit for anyone but the dog. But when you tentatively slice off a piece, it turns out to be absolutely perfect. This recipe for beer-brined chicken is a case in point.
Looking for a cocktail to cool off with over the Fourth of July weekend? Something simple and not too fussy that can help max out your chillaxing time? Here are 20 quick-and-easy ones from our archives, each made from no more than three simple ingredients. Perfect for these lusciously lazy days of summer.