JULY 4th: American Flag Pie Top

While we just said that our favorite pie topping is streusel (crumb topping), here’s something special for July 4th. You can buy or bake an open face pie (no top crust) or a tart, and decorate it as the American Flag. All you need to decorate are: Blueberries Strawberries Whipped Cream   Older children can…
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JULY 4TH: Red, White & Blue Ice Pops

We received this perfect July 4th ice pop recipe from Zulka, producers of sugars that are minimally processed and come straight from freshly-harvested sugar cane. There‘s more about the company below. The vivid colors come from berries, strawberries and coconut milk. The berry purées can be made using either fresh or frozen berries. Simply de-stem,…
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JULY 4th: American Flag Cake

A tasty flag! Photo courtesy SecretLifeOfAChefsWife.com.   What a great dessert surprise for July 4th! This flag cake originated on 17andBak­ing.com, and was reposted on SecretLifeOfAChefsWife.com. Elissa, who posted the recipe at age 17 (she’s now 21), said at the time: “While I wish I could claim credit for it, the idea of a flag…
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RECIPE: Red, White & Blueberry Layer Cake

As a follow-up to the lovely red, white and blueberry shortcake, here’s another stunner. The “ooh” factor comes from the number of layers: five. You can top it with whatever fresh fruit is in season, but for July 4th, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are appropriately festive. Chef Sarah of the Los Gatos, California Sur La…
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JULY 4th: Red, White & Blue Parfaits

Patriotic parfaits. Photo courtesy McCormick.   Sweeten your July 4th celebration with these creamy, layered red, white and blue parfaits. The vivid colors come from McCormick’s Neon food colors. RECIPE: RED, WHITE & BLUE PARFAITS Ingredients For 12 Parfaits 3-1/2 cups heavy cream, divided 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar,…
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