Red, white and blue color Fourth food

posted June 27, 2017 12:00 a.m. (CDT)
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It is slightly depressing that Fourth of July food is already on my radar. I love the holiday and look forward to our tradition of spending the day with extended family taking in a community parade, honoring our country and having a delicious potluck meal, but it also means summer is once again going way too fast.

I will not let the fleeting summer spoil my excitement for the upcoming holiday. After searching through my summer/​holiday/​picnic recipes I am so excited to make some of my traditional dishes as well as try a couple of new ones.

According to, Americans will eat more than 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July. That’s about one hot dog for every two people in the United States. While I am not above eating an occasional “dog” at the ballpark, I set my expectations a bit higher when it comes to holiday celebrations.

More than 74 million Americans will enjoy a barbecue to celebrate our country’s birthday. When I hear barbecue, I think of chicken. The 50 Stars Barbecue Chicken recipe is simple and uniquely uses a combination of cooking in the oven and on the grill.

The Chicken Pineapple Sausage Kabobs can be assembled ahead of time and placed on the grill about 20 minutes before meal time. The pineapple and sausage are a tasty pairing with the chicken, and let’s face it, kabobs are always fun.

One of the favorite recipes I’m sharing today is for the kids, both big and small. The Red, White and Blue Kids Drink just screams summer and party. Little kiddos find the way the colors form layers in the glass mesmerizing and even magical. My kids aren’t so small anymore, but they still think it is a great way to quench their thirst during a hot Fourth of July gathering. Try it if you are looking for some cool hostess points from the young crowd.

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