4th of July

Celebrating the Fourth of July with a party or picnic? From all-American BBQ to all-star salads, snacks, and desserts, these party and picnic recipes will add patriotic flair to your Fourth.

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4th of July Kids Dinner: Patriotic Pasta!

I've been coloring pasta for my girls for awhile now. It just dawned on me that perhaps I should share this easy way to make dinnertime fun with you! My girls had a sleepover last night, and I made pasta with alfredo sauce and garlic bread, which is super simple and always a hit with the kids.

Spectacularly Easy 4th of July Desserts: Best of the Blogs

We've got a one-word rule when it comes to summer entertaining: easy. Six months from now (can you believe it?), we'll be as happy as Santa's elves holed up in the kitchen frosting Christmas cookies, but come the 4th of July, we want to be outside, writing our name in the thick evening air with sparklers like everyone else.

Last-minute Sides for the 4th of July

They say the more the merrier, but when it comes to planning for a 4th of July party, last minute invites or unexpected guests can result in anything but merriment. Luckily for you, we've got plenty of quick, delicious side-dish recipes that are the perfect last-minute additions to your 4th of July menu. Whether you're hosting and discover you don't have enough, or you score a last-minute invitation to someone else's cookout, these sides are sure to nip any culinary catastrophes in the bud.

Our Wildest Burger Recipes: 8 to Make Your 4th of July Sizzle

Exotic burgers are only really exotic if you're stuck in the "beef patty on a bun with ketchup and mustard" rut. Or if you think relish is a condiment reserved for special occasions. But if you truly love burgers -- whether they're beef or pork, bison or turkey--there's always an urge to experiment, to take the all-American food for a walk on the wild side.

Fantastic Fourth of July: Your Complete Cookout Menu

Yay! Let's have a Fourth of July cookout at the park and then watch the fireworks! Except that it's going to be so crowded that we'll have to get there way, way ahead of time -- like three o'clock in the afternoon -- in order to find a place we can spread out.

How to Make Macaroni Salad

Everyone should know how to make a macaroni salad simply because it's an all-American classic. Yankee Doodle, 4th of July cook-outs...the dish is practically patriotic! Oh, and it's also the perfect recipe to have on hand for any potluck or picnic.

Watermelon, Wonderful in More Ways Than One: Real Healthy

National Watermelon Day is a month away (August 3rd), but I always think of the 4th of July as the beginning of watermelon season. What could be more more refreshing on a hot summer day? True to its name, watermelon is more than 90% water, so it's a great way to rehydrate.

Fourth of July Desserts: Let's Hear It for Red, White & Blue!

Dibs on dessert! Bringing it, that is. I'm sick of always having to bring salads and main courses to potlucks.

Easy as Pie Recipes for a Great Fourth of July Holiday

Name a favorite berry pie. Go on, do it. Whatever you say -- blueberry, peach, strawberry, rhubarb, or raspberry -- we've got you covered with great recipes for outstanding pies that make the most of the fresh fruit now on vivid display at your favorite farmstand.

Want More Locally Grown Produce? Look Up -- Supermarket Savvy

When you think of buying local produce, no doubt a certain vision comes to mind: a bucolic family farm somewhere just beyond the outskirts of your town, where the corn is knee-high by the 4th of July and crickets chirp in the evenings. But what if your locally grown organic tomatoes, arugula and lettuce came instead from a formerly derelict warehouse downtown? Or the roof of an old parking garage?

Patriotic Dessert: Shortcakes with Strawberries, Blueberries, and Lavender Cream

Patriotic strawberry and blueberry shortcake is the perfect hassle-free dessert for the fourth of July--or any day that needs a sweet treat.

Sparkling Fourth of July Cake

Betty Crocker

Add even more fun to your festivities by making a spirited white cake decorated with red and blue.

Total: 2 hrs 20 mins

Maple-Glazed Beans

Food & Wine

Rancho Gordo farm founder Steve Sando is at the forefront of the seed-saving movement, selling his exquisite heirloom dried beans to passionate followers. Here, F&W's Marcia Kiesel uses Sando's yellow eyes variety.

Total: 7 hrs 45 mins

Stars and Stripes Cupcakes

Betty Crocker

Create fireworks with easy-mix red, white and blue cupcakes.

Total: 1 hr 40 mins

Stars and Stripes Brownies

Betty Crocker

Jazz up easy-mix brownies, red, white and blue style!

Total: 2 hrs

Mint Ice Cream

Food & Wine

This exceptionally creamy ice cream relies on two unexpected ingredients: corn starch (to help thicken it) and cream cheese (to make it scoopable).

Total: 1 hr 20 mins

3-Layer Holiday Cake

Pepperidge Farm

Need a great looking, great tasting dessert, but you're short on time? Let us show you how to take two store bought cakes and a little whipped cream to make a really easy and festive dessert.

Total: 1 hr 50 mins
4th of July  Recipes: Take your pick!
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