JULY 4TH DRINK: Red, White & Blueberry Lemonade & Hard Lemonade

For cookouts and picnics, our family never had everyday soft drinks. For these special occasions, the beverage menu included lemonade, iced tea and Mom’s favorite fruit punch (recipe: equal parts of grape juice, lemonade and orange juice, all from frozen concentrate). For July 4th, we switched to a “patriotic” lemonade: red, white and blue. The…
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JULY 4TH RECIPE: Red, White & Blue Whoopie Pies

Patriotic whoopee pies from the Blueberry Council.   The Blueberry Council wants to make it easy for you to create red, white and blue food for July 4th. The recipe is simple: a box of red velvet cake mix, a jar of Marshmallow Fluff (or other marshmallow creme, or homemade) and fresh blueberries. For a…
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RECIPE: Red, White & Blue Sangria

Yankee Doodle Brandy: Combine white wine and Grand Marnier orange brandy for July 4th (photo courtesy Elegant Affairs).   This fun and arty sangria recipe is from caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs (www.elegantaffairscaterers.com): RECIPE: JULY 4TH SANGRIA Ingredients For 1 Large Pitcher 2 bottles dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc 1 cup triple…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Starfruit For July 4th

Native to Southeast Asia and India, starfruit was brought back to Europe by sailors and traders in the late 1700s. Rare and costly, it became popular among wealthy Europeans. Starfruit was brought to Hawaii by Chinese traders in the late 1800s. Yet, it was introduced to mainland America—Florida—only about 75 years ago. Today the state…
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JULY 4TH RECIPE: All-American Cheesecake In Red, White & Blue

[1] Bake this patriotic cheesecake from scratch, or decorate a purchased cake with fruit (photo © Melissa’s Produce). [2] Good news for lactose intolerant cheesecake lovers: Green Valley Organics makes delicious lactose-free cream cheese, as well as lactose-free sour cream and yogurt (photo © MyLilikoiKitchen.com.   This All American Strawberry, Banana, and Blueberry Cheesecake recipe…
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