June 30, 2010 10:54:00 AM
Jan Swoope - firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether celebrating Independence Day weekend with a host of friends or a small gathering of family, add a flourish by showing your colors. Red, white and blue strawberry appetizers or a patriotic potato salad will have the crowd talking. Or how about an American flag cake for dessert?
Multiple online sites, like recipes.com and recipetips.com, will provide plenty of suggestions in response to a search for Fourth of July recipes. Do a little culinary flag-waving by trying out some of these below.
RED, WHITE AND BLUE STRAWBERRY APPETIZERS
12 each fresh strawberries
24 each fresh blueberries
4 ounces yogurt or filling of choice
n Top the yogurt with a blueberry and serve, or chill to be served when ready.
RED, WHITE AND BLUE POTATO SALAD
Prep time: 30 minutes
Makes 12 servings
Three bunches green onions, divided
1 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup champagne vinegar or white wine
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1 1/4 pound blue potatoes, unpeeled
1 1/4 pound new red potatoes, unpeeled
1 1/4 pound small white potatoes, unpeeled
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
AMERICAN FLAG CAKE
One box yellow cake mix
1 cup water
1 cup oil
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1 tablespoon soft butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and dried
1/2 cup fresh blueberries, washed and dried
n For frosting: Mix powdered sugar, water, corn syrup, vanilla and butter together until thick and creamy. When cake is cool, frost the entire cake with the frosting.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.