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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JULY 4TH RECIPE: Red, White & Blue Shortcake

This July 4th special from berry specialist Driscoll’s has a special taste twist: lime whipped cream. You get to clebrate the summer bounty of berries with this oversized mixed berry shortcake, while parading its patriotic colors. The whipped cream is subtly flavored with lime zest for a bright complement to the sweet berries and tender…
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JULY 4TH: Red, White & Blue Tartlets

Sophisticated dessert bites for Independence Day. Photo courtesy Shukran Deliver | FB.   It’s easy to make tartlets (individual portions) or mini tarts (bite size) for dessert. The minis are a festive idea to cap an evening of July 4th celebrating. You can make preparation even easier by purchasing the shells (we use these from…
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