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4th of July is here -- are you ready with festive eats? No worries. Our top 10 holiday recipes will save the day!
Seems like all of America is heading out to do something fun on the 4th, and that usually involves chow. My fam and me? Well, we have a standing date with the pontoon boat and the cabin. And, yes, a boat load of food, too.
Every year at noon on the 4th, our lake has a boat parade. The kiddos deck out the boat in red, white and blue, and everyone else on the lake dresses their water vehicles too. The result is this sort of Mayberry throw-back to the old picnic-parade-potluck days, except with some of the younger ones clutching tubes in a modern-day twist:
Some years are really a hoot and a half, like a few years ago when some of the guys decided to tape a message on their chests, hoping to sway the boat parade judges. It was more fun watching them pull that tape off than watching the fireworks!
But, really, what it comes down to is the chow. All these great cooks come together with their offerings to the buffet table sanctuary -- like a church potluck gone wild. Every year, there are the expected potluck pillars (potato salad and such), and some super cool holiday stuff.
With the 4th closing in this year, we thought you'd love a few quick ideas that will let your stars and stripes shine big time.
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1. Berry-Lemon Cheesecake Squares (featured)
Holy deliciousness, Uncle Sam! These are some crazy cute desserts!
2. Patriotic Cookie Pizza
Fresh berries unfurl on this flagship of a monster cookie. Perf for the 4th of July buffet!
3. Double-Dip Sugar Cookies
Quick 'n' easy so you can get out there and rock the 4th of July party with the rest of the patriots.
4. American Flag Cordial
If it's spirit(s) you're after, make this cocktail and run it up the flagpole!
5. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Whoopie pies ... 'nuff said.
6. Red, White and Blueberry Shortcakes
Get your holiday on with these shortcakes that offer up all the right stuff.
7. Mixed Berry Cream Parfaits
Chill out with cool fresh berries and dessert. Mmm. Great after a day in the sun, surf and sand.
8. Caramel-Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches
Make these ahead -- with red, white and blue sprinkles for sure!
9. Cheesy Stars
A quick fix for hungry holidayers -- stars cut from bread and topped with a colorful cheesy mixture.
10. Rainbow Cake in a Jar
You could make these red, white and blue instead of the full spectrum, but rainbows are like chameleons -- they just go with everything!
There you have it: 10 ideas to salute the holiday with tasty style. Enjoy, and Happy 4th of July!
What are your 4th of July plans?