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All-American Barbecue Sauce Recipes for the 4th of July

Posted by Tori

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Step away from the supermarket. Leave that bottle on the shelf, please. Not only is homemade barbecue sauce easy to make, but also in the American spirit, it enables freedom. That is, the freedom to pick which sauce is right for your grilled or smoked dishes!

Sure, I will admit, the task of selecting the right barbecue sauce recipe and making it on my stovetop was utterly daunting. With so many spices and herbs to pick from, how would I make the right pairing? The condiment aisle at the grocery store seemed like an easy way out.

Yet once the ingredients were bubbling in the pan and filling my apartment with warm aromas of sage and bacon, I was swayed by the power of the homemade sauce. The benefits were only more apparent with the first taste of a cream sauce entirely complimentary to my pork chops and my flavor preferences.

Whipping up your...

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Red {Velvet}, White, and Blue!

Posted by Natalie

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Red Velvet July 4th Desserts

With the July 4th right around the corner, you’re probably seeing accents of red, white, and blue popping up all over ad campaigns, the blogosphere, and social media. I especially love seeing the colorful array of desserts people have created to honor our nation’s flag—who knew patriotism could be so delicious? From pies and cakes to crisps and cobblers, there are so many ways to make something sweet using red, white, and blue decorations and ingredients. Whether you’re using the naturally festive colors of berries to brighten up your desserts, or dressing yours up with vibrant frostings and sprinkles, the possibilities are endless!

One of my favorite ways to show off patriotic colors is by using red velvet. There’s no need to confine this flavor to Valentine’s Day! The luxuriant red of the classic recipe is the perfect starting point for all things Fourth of July, especially since it goes so...

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Citrusy Make-Ahead Summer Cocktails

Posted by Tori

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Old Fashioned Citrus Cocktail Recipe

Each summer we tire ourselves of sugary mai-tais, frosty piña coladas, or reoccurring rounds of daiquiris and margaritas… the exhausted beach drinks that come to mind when throwing together a cocktail menu in the warmer months. The hackneyed summer cocktail party, teeming with tiny paper umbrellas and pineapple wedges, has lost inspiration.

Yet by uncovering some overlooked classics, you can impress guests with a more sophisticated range of fruity cocktails over ice. And no summer fruit tastes as refreshing as citrus! Squeezing and straining fresh lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits will freshen up your party with crisp natural flavors ideal for an outdoor gathering.

We’ve put together a menu of some of our favorite old-fashioned citrus cocktails, with a little something to please every guest. Throwing a party can be stressful, and no host or hostess wants to be stuck behind the bar all night. So that you can enjoy your party...

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Going Veg for the 4th of July

Posted by Natalie

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Vegetarian 4th of July Recipes

If you’re a vegetarian (like me!), odds are you feel a little left out when your family and friends break out the grill for a summer barbecue. Although you might say no to a hamburger, there’s no need to sacrifice those great smoky flavors just because you don’t eat meat! I’m here to tell you that your days of loading up on side salads and potato chips over. Here’s a Fourth of July menu that’s filled with delicious vegetarian grilled recipes and fresh salads to satisfy the whole family, whether or not they eat meat. It turns out your grill can do a lot more than you might think. Now everyone can enjoy the classic American barbecue and the flavors of summer with this collection of some of our favorite vegetarian recipes:


Pineapple-Lemon-Mint Iced Tea

Sides and Salads

Avocado Angel Eggs

Grilled Potato Salad

(A fresh, healthy take on potato salad from 101 Cookbooks– none...

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