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4th of July Recipe Roundup!

29 Jun

If you’re anything like me (which I’d like to think you might be since you are reading my inner-most personal thoughts after all), you are looking forward to 4th of July weekend and drooling over all the yummy food you will be eating!  4th of July is seriously bigger to my family than Christmas is – we are from the Fireworks Capital of the America after all.  New Castle, PA: home to both Pyrotecnico and Zambelli fireworks.  I don’t suggest visiting except for one day of the year:  the Fireworks Festival, which occurs the weekend AFTER the 4th of July where Pyrotecnico and Zambelli battle back and forth each year to outdo each other with some of the best fireworks in the country.  I digress.  And seriously, don’t go to New Castle.

I thought I would share some of my favorite summer holiday/picnic recipes in one quick post:

1.  Strawberry Salsa & Cinnamon Chips

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This recipe has been EXTREMELY popular on Pinterest, is probably one of my most popular posts – and for good reason!  It is seriously delicious, sweet, and summerific.  You can make it the day before your picnic, double or triple it very easily to take to multiple picnics, and it’s all-ages friendly.

 

2.  Cheddar & Spinach Chicken Burgers

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I mean, what is better than delicious, healthy, fresh burgers on a hot summer day?  Skip the pre-made mystery beef burgers and get something healthy on that grill!

3.  Cranberry-Pecan Quinoa Chicken Salad

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This chilled salad would be amazing to make the day before and take to a picnic – the best part is, people won’t even realize it’s healthy!

 

4.  Maple Lime Chicken Skewers

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Another great, easy recipe for the grill!  HOOBOY would these Maple Lime Chicken Skewers be great with an ice cold beer and some music blasting your favorite tunes.

 

5.  Apple Pie

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Because what’s more American than apple pie?  PS – my little brother made this recipe, that’s how easy it is.


 

What is your favorite recipe for 4th of July?

Are you going to see fireworks?

Memorial Day

27 May

God Bless America!!

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Happy Memorial Day everyone!!  While we are spending time with our families at picnics and barbeques, let’s not forget the real reason why we celebrate:  to remember and show gratitude to all of the amazing members of Armed Forces.

How does your family celebrate Memorial Day?

Mine is pretty typical: FOOD!  Lots of yummy food!

Because I had to work today, we traveled north to my parent’s house on Sunday and had a cook-out.

My mom made broccoli salad:

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lamb kebobs (my favorite thing in the world!) & hot dogs for Miss. Picky Pants:

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you can’t eat lamb at my house with hot pepper sauce, garlic aioli, & Syrian bread:

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and corn on the cob:

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I made Christina’s grandma’s macaroni salad, which was a big hit:

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and her step-mom’s strawberry salsa with cinnamon sugar chips (recipe below):

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Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon-Sugar Chips:

Strawberry Salsa:

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  • 1 lb. strawberries, diced
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled & diced
  • 8 oz. raspberries
  • 2 T. white sugar, 1 T. brown sugar, 3 T. strawberry preserves

Mix everything together in a container with lid and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Cinnamon-Sugar Chips:

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  • Flour tortillas (at least 8)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 stick butter, depending on how many tortillas you use
  • Cinnamon & Sugar to taste

Pile the tortillas on top of each other and cut into wedges.  Dissolve 4 T.sugar into melted butter, then baste onto chips.  Sprinkle more sugar on top and then dust with cinnamon.  The sugary butter makes them brown and crisp up perfectly!  We put the oven on broil and watched them until they turned golden brown and crispy.  I walked away from the first batch and they ended up burned to a crisp, so be careful!  Everyone’s oven heats differently, so I recommend doing a  small batch first and use that to determine how long yours need to stay in.

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