Perfect 4th of July Recipes

Next week the calendar shows the official first day of summer is June 20th. Yeah!  Even if your weather doesn’t feel like summer yet, let’s fire up the grill, whip up some favorite potluck sides, and make red, white, and blue dishes.  If like me you’ve had both vacinations,  you can safely have vacinated friends over to enjoy the summer. Obviously Independence Day isn’t always going to fall on a weekend. Luckily, this year July 4th is a Sunday. Live outside the US and don’t celebrate the 4th?   Not a problem – let’s talk summer cook-outs. Now what are you eating?

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Peach Cole Slaw

This week I’m doing my recipe early due to Memorial Day. Traditionally summer starts with Memorial Day. Wishing you all a day of safe time with family with a few moments remembering those who served our country. Now let’s talk about cole slaw.

Peaches are one of my favorite fruits.  Peaches are available from April to October.  Since Florida is a hot state, you probably think we don’t grow peaches.  Peaches do grow here in mostly the north part of the state.  Our peaches are available April and May. By June our markets are selling Georgia peaches.  No matter the state where they are grown, I just love fresh ripe peaches. I love them as my snack or dessert and also like adding them to many dishes.

 

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Strawberry-Lime Water

It’s hot here in Florida; we’ve had temperatures in the 90’s for over a month. I’m in the mood for refreshing and thirst-quenching cold drinks.  Today’s recipe is a strawberry-lime infused water. For a sweet drink add a little honey and you’ve got a honeyed strawberry flavor. I love strawberries and so does our bodies. Eating strawberries has been shown to improve heart health, help with blood sugar control and even cancer prevention. They are loaded with vitamins and contain very high levels of antioxidants called polyphenols. Just one serving (approximately 8 strawberries) contains more vitamin C than an orange.

 

 

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Strawberry Cupcakes

I like real flavors even in baked goods.  All too often cake mixes use artificial colors and flavors which do not really approximate the real thing. Strawberries are a perfect example. Fresh strawberries are available now in most of the country. Let’s make luscious, moist strawberry cake in a small cupcake for easy summer eating.  No fork necessary! We’ll make a couple of dozen for serving a crowd at your next cookout or barbecue. (It makes about 23 or 24.)

 

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Easy Watermelon Feta Salad

I’ve seen many variations on this cool summer salad, but the main ingredients are cold chucks of watermelon with feta and red onions in a vinaigrette.  You can add halved grape tomatoes or a chopped cucumber with the lettuce of your choice or just eat plain watermelon and feta with herbs.  Summer is such a great time to mix fresh flavors for an easy meal. It’s great to know you can use what you have in the fridge and still have a tasty dish.

 

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