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Fourth of July Blast

It's a star-spangled day! Make fireworks on the grill with these easy recipes that really sizzle. Last-minute prep is kept to a minimum in this menu. New twists to all your favorites are here with plenty of patriotic red, white and blue!

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Red, White and Ooh! Serving Ideas

  • Celebrate with a star-spangled appetizer made by topping a block of cream cheese with your favorite salsa and fresh blueberries. Serve with crackers.
  • Or try our Apricot-Chipotle-Cream Cheese Star.
  • Our Red, White and Blueberry Salad is another patriotic way to serve a salad.
  • Tuck toothpicks that have miniature American flags attached into the burgers or shortcakes.
  • Simplicity reigns with a centerpiece bouquet of red, white and blue flags. These can become take-home souvenirs and used during the parade.
  • Make personalized flags by attaching red squares of fabric to wooden dowels. Using fabric markers, identify your own event with the date.

Declaration of Fun Ideas

  • Red, White and Balloon Toss: Pair up, and stand facing a partner. Toss a water-filled balloon to your partner who catches the balloon. Continue tossing and catching, stepping back a foot after each successful catch. The winner is the pair who have stepped back the farthest without having the balloon burst.
  • Strike up the Band: Create an old-fashioned kitchen band complete with kazoos, washboards, pan lids for cymbals and waxed paper-covered combs. You may want a portable boom box handy with some genuine marching music in case the giggles take over!
  • Red, White and Beans: Fill a huge jar with red, white and blue jelly beans. Have guests write down their guess on how many beans are in the jar. The closest guess wins a prize--the jar of beans!
  • Declare your sizzling party an historical success. Make a memory album of the event with photos, guest list and quotes or funnies. Vow to make it an annual event, passing along the host/hostess duties and the memory book duties, as well.

Menu

You may never return to regular lemonade after you try this refreshingly fruity cooler.
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Fresh and tangy, this lemonade with a twist of watermelon will quench any thirst.
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Take a break from traditional burgers. Lots of spicy chiles, Monterey Jack cheese and salsa mix with ground turkey breast for burgers to serve to a crowd.
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Grilled corn on your menu? Try this zesty version of an all-American favorite.
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Don't heat up the whole house for baked beans, slow cook them with this extra-easy version of everyone's favorite summer side dish.
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Layer, toss and serve. What could be easier for a 30-minute, simple summer salad!
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Celebrate with strawberry, blueberry and whipped cream shortcakes, family fun for patriotic holidays or any occasion.
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Add a refreshing twist to ice cream by topping it with a colorful fruit topping. It's made in 10 minutes!
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Cake becomes cookie in this rich and dreamy twist on the classic taste of red velvet cake.
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Want to wow a chocolate-craving crowd? Make a sweet dessert pizza topped with a creamy layer and tart berries.
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