The good ole red, white, and blue is back. Just last year I was in New Orleans getting my eat on and now it’s 4th of July all over again, where does the time go! This year, I will kick-off part of Independence Day in Chicago (Windy City, here I come) and the remainder of the holidays partying it up for Nicky’s Birthday Bash at Crimson. With the 90 degree temps, I’m sure BBQ’s and beach parties will be all a blaze. As the host, it can be a bit overwhelming making dishes for your guests to enjoy—have no fear—here are a few ideas that all your friends will relish without breaking a summer sweat.
1. I love my new find Harry & David. They not only make the perfect fruit baskets but they can but together grilling sauces, marinades, smoked salmon, meats and nuts, cheeses and much more! I bought a basket from them for Father’s Day and loved how they put it all together and so did he. Check out some more at harryanddavid.com.
2. I once went to a BBQ where the best item at the shin ding was the margarita machine—LOVED IT! Although, everyone should bring a bottle—always keep frozen drinks on hand. There’s nothing like a cold, frozen cocktail to get the party started and cool you down.
3. I know artificial coloring is not the rage, but if kids will be in attendance–it will be fun to have some creative treats in red, white and blue—Afterall it’s the American way!
4. You would be surprised what a chilled fruit bowl can do for you. Take a watermelon, cut it in half and scoop out the contents. Next, fill the empty melon with an assortment of fruits such as: blueberries, raspberries, watermelon (of course), strawberries—do you see the theme here. Then place in the freezer until its chilled not frozen solid and wha-lah you have a tasty and healthy treat to serve guests until the burgers are ready.
No matter what you do in honor of Independence Day, have a blast Happy Holiday’s!!