The Fourth of July was always a big deal growing up, in part because my Dad loved America and in part because his birthday and my parents anniversary is on the 3rd. And since we had a backyard pool, the party was usually at our place with a BBQ followed by a parade with sparklers and fireworks with John Philip Souza's Stars and Stripes Forever playing in the background. No matter how many times Michael and I tried to hide the album, cassette or CD, Dad always seemed to find a copy of it (aided in part by his cousin, Barry, who knew what we were up to and supplied him with an extra copy or two).
The following recipes are great for any summer gathering. All can be prepared ahead of time, or thrown on the grill at the last minute:
Ginger Ale-Sherbet Punch
Ginger Ale Syrup and Drink
Appetizers and Sides
And since many of us don't have the time to do all of the cooking and cleaning for a party, here are Ma'am's tips for potlucks made easy.
Whatever your plans this summer I hope it is a safe and happy one.
Until next time, happy eating!