4th of July

Last Minute 4th of July Inspiration

Eeep! The 4th of July is nearly upon us! Which, if you live somewhere other than the U.S., probably doesn’t mean much to you at all. But if you live here, you’re probably planning some kind of get-together with friends or family to grill and celebrate Independence Day.

And maybe you’re not sure what to make. May I make a few suggestions?

How about these Wild Rice Burgers? Beef, portabellas, garlic, mixed with wild rice to make amazingly delicious burgers.

Or maybe you want chicken. In which case, try the Easiest Chicken Ever. Why? Um, the name says it all. And it’s tasty to boot.

As a side dish, everyone loves Cheesy Potatoes. Seriously, these are a crowd hit everywhere I’ve ever taken them.

For dessert you can make 4th of July Cake Pops.

Or these patriotic Whoopie Pies.

Or these beautiful Blueberry Sage Trifles. You could color your pound cake red and they’d be red white and blue!

And if that isn’t enough inspiration for you, can I point you to an awesome new place?

I belong to Fortify: A Food Community, which is a local collection of food bloggers/writers/appreciators and otherwise awesome group of people. And we now have a brand new community Pinterest board where all the food bloggers involved can post their gorgeous recipes in one place. It’s some serious inspiration. You should check it out. I’ve seen patriotic fruit pizza, baby back ribs, burgers, red white and blue cheesecake, rhubarb peach lemonade… just to name a few!

Check it out!

Fortify: A Food Community on Pinterest

4th of July Cake Pops

So what’s a girl to do when after she’s made 4th of July whoopie pies and she’s left with a ton of red velvet scraps (not to mention some frosting that didn’t turn out quite right?) Why, make cake pops of course!

In case you’re not familiar with cake pops, they were created by a lovely blogger named Angie over at Bakerella. She’s totally awesome. Anyway. After she invented them, they started cropping up everywhere. 

Anyway, I’d never tried making them before, but they’re a perfect way to use up cake scraps! (more…)

4th of July Whoopie Pies

4th of July Whoopie Pies perfect for a patriotic barbecue!

Do you like whoopie pies?

I have to admit, my experiences with whoopie pies are pretty limited. It’s not a treat that defined my childhood in any way. But people seem to love them, so I decided to figure out what the fuss was about.

Red velvet whoopie pies are nothing new– do a Google image search for them and you’ll get loads of these guys staring you in the face. And while they seem to have been tailored for Valentine’s Day, I thought they’d make for a great 4th of July dessert as well! (more…)