Happy 4th of July weekend!


Can you believe it? The 4th of July is this weekend already. It doesn’t even feel like that is possible but alas, the calendar does not lie. So get out your BBQ’s, your wicker paper plate holders, your collection of plastic silverware, your red, white and blue checkered tablecloths and your American Flag napkins leftover from last year. Oh and don’t forget the lawn chairs so that you can be comfortable as you say Happy Birthday USA with your…ehem…illegally purchased fireworks. Wait…is that just my family? Illegal fireworks or not at least you can count on good food at your 4th of July celebrations.  When preparing yours why not try some of these 4th of July recipes at your party?

Dips are always a must. People love to snack while their waiting for whatever it is you’ve got grilling. Some of my favorites are:

Caramelized French Onion Dip.

Creamy Ranch Dip

When dips just won’t satisfy your bunch, these other yummy bites are perfect.

Cream Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Jalapenos

Spicy Pepper Steak

Salads are also on the must have list. Whether pasta or potato you really can’t go wrong.

Creamy Bacon Tomato and Avocado Pasta Salad

Potato Salad

It is probably a good idea to throw some vegetables in the mix too. And on a hot, sunny 4th of July day grilled is most certainly the way to go.

Grilled Corn with Jalapeno-Garlic Butter

Grilled Zucchini

Of course everyone is always excited for the main event and that generally means that something is cooking on the grill. This is what will be on ours.

Grilled Chipotle Chicken

Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

And for dessert? When popsicles just wont do try these sweet bites.

Chocolate Mascarpone Stuffed Strawberries

Fudgy Brownie Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches