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Archive for June 25, 2013

TIP OF THE DAY: Create Special July 4th Food

You’ve got a week to create a special July 4th dish, on the theme of red white and blue. It can be as simple as vanilla ice cream or any other white food with red and blue berries, or an elaborate cake.

It’s easy to find red berries and blue berries. For white fruit, consider apples, bananas, coconut and lychees. You can also use a white topping—cream cheese, crème fraîche, frosting, mascarpone, sour cream, whipped cream, yogurt, etc.

One of the challenges is the lack of blue food, other than blue cheese and hard-to-find blue potatoes, in the savory dishes for lunch and dinner. But you can easily create tasty and artistic July 4th food in the other categories.

Check the drawer for star-shaped or bell-shaped cookie cutters, check the stores for red, white and blue sprinkles and candy stars.


Patriotic fruit skewers, for dessert or snack. Photo courtesy Stix Mediterranean Grill | NYC.


  • Cottage cheese or yogurt with red and blue berries
  • Pancakes, waffles or French toast with a garnish of sour cream or whipped cream and red and blue berries (recipe)

    Lunch & Dinner

  • A star-shaped piece of white American cheese atop a slice of tomato on a burger
  • Red, white and blue potato salad (recipe)

  • Angel food cake with berries (recipe)
  • Ice cream, sorbet, ice cream cake or ice cream pie with red and blue berries
  • Panna cotta with red and blue fruits
  • Red velvet cake/cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and blueberries or blackberries (recipe)
  • Red, white and blue fruit salad
  • Red, white and blue shortcake (recipe)
  • Red, white and blue fruit skewers (see photo)
  • Red, white and blue potato salad, with red and blue-jacketed potatoes (you can add crumbled blue cheese, too)
  • Rice pudding or vanilla pudding parfait, layered with red and blue berries
  • Star-shaped watermelon cake, cut from a melon and decorated with red, white and blue fruits
  • Strawberries dipped in white chocolate and blue sanding sugar (recipe)
  • Vanilla pudding or mascarpone-filled tartlets with red and white berries
  • White cheeses with red and blue fruits

    Patriotic PB&J. Concept by Lee Zalben, photo
    by Angela Hernandez | Peanut Butter & Co.



  • Goat cheese or white Cheddar with red and blue fruits or “flag sandwiches”(photo at left)
  • Skewers of cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls and black grapes (recipe)
  • Patriotic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, in flag motif (see photo) or a bell shape (cookie cutter)


  • July 4th iced tea (recipe)
  • Red, white and blue juice shooters or cocktail shooters (recipe 1) and recipe 2
  • Red, white and blue layered cocktail) (recipe)
  • Star shaped ice cubes made in a (star-shaped tray)—here’s the silicone mold



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    FOOD FUN: Fried Egg Cupcake

    Some people love coming across photos of cute babies or puppies.

    We love cute food.

    These bacon and “egg” cupcakes with a “pancake” base were created by Apollina of TheYouFinder. We discovered them on Foodiggity.

    Apollina made a buttermilk cupcake topped with maple frosting and a gummi fried egg. A piece of candied bacon (recipe) is tucked in for garnish.

    If you can’t find gummi fried eggs, make your own with fondant.

    Buttermilk pancakes, maple syrup, bacon and eggs: a yummy breakfast cupcake.

    Check out this hamburger cupcake recipe.


    Photo courtesy Apollina | TheYouFinder.



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