by Allison Milam in Holidays, July 4th, 2017
by Sara Levine in Holidays, In Season, Recipes, July 2nd, 2017
When we’re scrolling down our social feeds, there are a few things that have been know to stop us dead in our tracks. In honor of July 4th, we’re lining up our favorite star-spangled red, white and blue foods. Let’s just say these videos will set off fireworks today.
Red, White and Blue Cheesecake (pictured above)
It’s easier to achieve the marbled look of this patriotic cheesecake than you might think. It just takes red, white and blue cheesecake batters and a wooden skewer for swirling.
by Emily Lee in Holidays, July 3rd, 2016
The classic strawberry-and-blueberry flag cake never gets old – we’re partial to Ina Garten’s version that is equally beautiful and delicious. But if you’re inclined to think more outside-the-box this 4th of July while still serving up patriotic pride, here are some new flag-shaped creations to whip up for your celebration.
Go Savory: Deviled Egg American Flag
Show your pride in the Stars and Stripes with this no-peel version of classic deviled eggs. Read more
by Emily Lee in Holidays, July 2nd, 2016
Photo: Jack Jelly/Getty Images
Still deciding which dessert to serve at your July 4th party? This piece of little-known American trivia proves that one choice is better — or at least more patriotic — than the rest:
by Lauren Piro in Holidays, June 29th, 2016
With July 4th just around the corner, we’ve got cookout fare on our minds: juicy burgers and brats, creamy potato salad, thick slabs of buttered cornbread. And let’s not forget dessert. These flag-inspired treats will make the perfect patriotic conclusion to your backyard gathering with family and friends.
Ina Garten’s Flag Cake (pictured at top)
Topped with rich cream cheese frosting and seasonal summer berries, this cake is the best centerpiece for your July Fourth celebration. Make the easy vanilla sheet cake ahead of time, and decorate it with berries and frosting just before serving.
by Jessica Merchant in Drinks, Holidays, Recipes, June 28th, 2016
Stars and stripes are a reliable theme for any patriotic summer party. But this year, why not put a twist (literally!) on your food and decor with a style that’s a little groovier?
Ombre Table Linens (above)
Our pals at HGTV.com demonstrate this easy method for upgrading your summer tablescape. Solid placemats take a slow dip in red dye, which creates an instant ombre effect.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, July 2nd, 2015
I love a good festive cocktail! Short of adding a fiery sparkler, I wanted to make one of the most adorable and delicious red, white and blue beverages we could all serve at our 4th of July barbecues. And I’ve found it.
(FYI: Calories don’t count when you drink cocktails with friends. Let’s make it a thing.)
While margaritas are usually more my speed, I find that mojitos are a more-versatile alternative and tend to be appreciated by all. Tequila is quite a polarizing liquor, and people have strong opinions on it (and let’s be real — memories of bad experiences in college with it), but rum and sugar and lime and mint is a favorite almost everywhere. It’s milder. Not as edgy. A little friendlier. A touch lighter so you can have two cocktails and still be able to walk home. You know?
So what better way to celebrate summer than with a red, white and blue boozy glass? So much fruity flavor in one drink — these could not be more fun.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, July 2nd, 2015
We can bet that a star-spangled Flag Cake, a berries-and-cream trifle and other red, white and blue treats will make a proud appearance at your 4th of July festivities. But painting your spread with the colors of our flag isn’t the only way to celebrate our nation’s independence. Get in the spirit by stocking your cookout menu with all-American cookout classics that scream “America” without bothering to be red, white and blue.
Not only are ribs on their own American treasures, but the Neelys’ Sweet Cola Ribs (pictured above) come with a glug of a national favorite — soda — in the sauce, which gives it a punch of unexpected sweetness. Smoking the ribs on indirect heat makes them the most-tender, delicious barbecue to serve on the 4th. Just make sure you provide napkins.
by Jackie Alpers in Holidays, June 30th, 2015
Festivities for the 4th of July are coming up fast. No matter where you’re celebrating, whether at home, at a friend’s or in the great outdoors, making dishes that are easy to take on the go can be a game changer for your celebrations. Classic American dishes like burgers and hot dogs don’t generally transport well on the fly, but luckily we have a few make-and-take dishes up our sleeve that will make potlucking and picnicking on Independence Day go off without a hitch.
Bring an extra-easy, patriotic appetizer that doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to make from start to finish. Make quick red pepper salsa and creamy garlic-lime dip at home for Red and White Double Dippers with Blue Corn Chips. The dips are easy to pack up and bring, while the chips require just a trip to the store.
by Sara Levine in Recipes, June 25th, 2015
Sprinkles elevate an everyday dessert like this simple chocolate mousse into something special. Glittery red cinnamon sugar and vanilla mini marshmallow bits add a kick of flavor, while the subtle color of these pretty blue jimmies comes from natural dyes. So sprinkle without abandon and make even everyday celebrations sparkle like it’s the 4th of July.
Attempting to eat with a fork while balancing a drink in one hand and a plate in another is a universal party buzzkill. At summer cookouts, we tend to avoid silverware and go hand-held — think burgers, hot dogs, grilled wings and corn on the cob. So why not keep your party sweets utensil-free too? The ice cream cone is the quintessential hand-held frozen treat, but that involves scooping to order. Here are five cool desserts that you can make ahead, then freeze and forget. Just grab ‘em straight from the freezer for the finale of your 4th of July bash or any weekend gathering. Read more