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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Foodie Friday: Festive Food For The 4th - Recipes & More

After going back and forth about featuring recipes for the 4th of July holiday, or waiting until Friday, the 3rd, today won. If you are like me, you must plan ahead. I even set the table at least a day in advance. When planning a festive affair, it's all about the details and plenty of creative food.  I invite you to scroll down and get inspired.

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Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Espresso S'more
I always vote for dessert first. Homemade chocolate dipped and decked out graham crackers, boozy coffee marshmallows, peanut butter and milk chocolate. Could there be anything better? Happiness overload.
Half Baked Harvest

 Grilled Red, White & Blue Pizzas
Sign me up for these recipes! "The red pizza is the most classic, with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and a BLT garnish. The white pizza celebrates the ingredients of the season with a fresh corn, zucchini, and leek topping. The blue is the most exotic, with Peruvian purple potatoes, blue cheese, and caramelized onions." 
Pop Sugar

Balsamic Grilled Cherry, Blueberry, Goat Cheese, and Candied Hazelnut Salad
This salad is visually pleasing and patriotic without being obvious. 
Two Peas And Their Pod

Star Spangled Spatula
A handmade homage to the good old USA, this spatula is a design classic that will last a lifetime. A fun accessory for any all American cookout.
Provisions at Food52

Hawaiian Grill 
This one is for "Mr. Shop This." On our very first date, I ordered a gourmet Honolulu Burger with pineapple. He thought that was quite exotic. I don't know about that, but he asked me out again! This recipe is made with Brisket Bacon & Pineapple topped with Sweet and Spicy Pepper Salsa on a Brioche Bun. Try it. You might get lucky.
 A Bachelor and His Grill

Watermelon St. Germain Slush
With mint and lime flavors, I think we are all going to love this chic little cocktail. Isn't the touch of denim clever for presentation?
A Beautiful Mess

Strawberry Basil Shortcake
The quintessential Summer dessert with a twist! Sure looks better than those packaged sponge things.
Bon Appetit

Chic Cotton Napkins
There are some fun paper napkins out there, but nothing beats a cloth napkin. You can play with patterns when keeping with the same color scheme. These napkins pop!
Serena and Lily

Sweet Blueberry Buttermilk Pies with Chamomile Cream
Chamomile tea infused cream tops these simple as pie little delights. The secret to their success? Refrigerate the assembled pies for an hour or two before baking.
Half Baked Harvest

Thai Firecracker Shrimp
When I think of the 4th, I do think of grilling, but there is nothing wrong with having an appetizer made before your guests arrive. Everyone will get a kick out of an impressive display of beautiful bites.
Steamy Kitchen

Red, White, Blue Potato and Beet Chips
This is a patriotic take on the classic chip. Doesn't everyone love a chip with dip? Because it is a special day, ban the bag of chips, and make these ahead of time. Pair with your favorite dip or spread.

Grilled Portobello & Peach Burgers
It's always nice to have a dish that non meat lovers will enjoy. This recipe with the unexpected peaches and guacamole is truly a feast on a bun!
Green Kitchen Stories

Classic Cole Slaw
I usually don't like classic "anything," but the colors and presentation of this one grabbed my attention. An interesting ingredient is honey!
Bon Appetit

Barbecued Pork Chops With Grilled Peaches
My Dad wouldn't be happy with me, but I much prefer a meaty bone in pork chop than a slab of ribs. Add a grilled peach, and I'm in heaven.
Garnish and Glaze

Strawberry And Watermelon Cake
This cake recipe is new to me, but doesn't it look delicious? A curious ingredient is "rose."
Gourmet Traveller

Swordfish Steaks With Avocado Salsa
My kind of barbecue! Made with lots of lime and garlic, just the way I like it.
Gourmet Traveller

Americana Taper Set Of Two
I couldn't resist these stylish striped candles. And why not bring crystal to the outdoor table?
Sur La Table

Summer Berry Pavlova
This is certainly the ultimate 4th of July dessert! Even though it is so beautiful, it really isn't very complicated. Go ahead, dig in!
House Beautiful

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