Thursday, July 1, 2010

Favorite July 4th Cookout Foods

The upcoming July 4th holiday has everyone thinking about one thing: fireworks. No! Independence? Well that's good, but no. You guessed it - food!

After all, isn't the 4th the best time for family, food and cookouts?

As a result, a number of bloggers seem to be sharing their food favorites, so I decided to gather up the links and share them here. Here's to an assortment sure to make your mouth water!

* All week the crafty writers at Killer Hobbies are sharing their favorite picnic recipes. Check out Monday's recipe for Watermelon Salad. Sounds yummy.

* The Cozy Chicks Blog suggested a meatloaf recipe exchange. l know it's not exactly July 4th fare, but who can resist a good meatloaf? (Or make burgers instead!) Kate Collins shared her unique Picadillo Mealoaf/Burgers recipe that uses chili powder and olives. Sounds intriguing.

* On a slightly different note, if you prefer ethnic food, like spaghetti, (hey some like cold Spaghetti Salad), Courtney over at Haunt Jaunts wonders why ghosts like spaghetti so much? (Who knew?) Actually she talks about several supposedly haunted places dealing with yes, spaghetti.

For a more "traditional" July 4th cookout, nothing beats fresh grilled brats, hot dogs, chicken, plus homemade cole slaw and potato salad, right?

I love cole slaw, so here's a simple recipe (we don't use lemon juice though.) You can get more cole slaw recipes from All

Helllman's Mayonnaise 5 Minute Cole Slaw

1 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Light Mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (16 ounce) package shredded coleslaw mix

In large bowl, combine Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Light Mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar and salt.

Add coleslaw mix; toss well. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Lisa Hall said...

I began making a slaw with fresh lemon juice and a bit of zest a few years ago. It always gets compliments. The lemon gives it just the right amount of zing.

Courtney Mroch said...

Ooooh! That lemon juice idea in the coleslaw sounds great. I can see how that'd give it great flavor. I'm going to try that. (OH! And thanks for the mention and reference to my spaghetti story! LOL! I can't seem not to weave food into everything, can I?)

This is a very neat blog, btw! I LOVE the header image!