On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress ratified the wording of the Declaration of Independence. But it took almost a century for the accompanying celebrations to catch on. It wasn’t until 1870 that Congress included the Fourth of July in a list of proposed national holidays. Christmas was on the same list!
Nowadays, the Fourth is synonymous with fireworks, picnics and barbecues. As you celebrate with friends and family this week, take a moment to remember those early patriots who fought for America’s freedom from Britain, and the mental giants who wrote the Declaration of Independence and other important documents securing our rights. And try some of these delicious and easy-to-make red, white and blue recipes for a truly patriotic meal.
Don’t forget the patriotic drinks. We like this simple and healthful pomegranate float. Mix equal parts seltzer and pomegranate juice. Add three-quarters cup frozen yogurt. Top with a small handful of blueberries.
Turn any rectangular sheet cake into a flag with the proper application of frosting and berries. A white or strawberry cake is more in keeping with the flag spirit, but some guests find chocolate more delicious. After letting the cake cool, frost with vanilla or cream cheese frosting. Make blueberry constellations in the upper left corner, and stripes of raspberries or strawberries.
This snack (from the Nerd Wife’s blog) incorporates the colors of the Fourth and the sizzle of fireworks. The secret? Pop Rocks. Make a batch of popcorn (microwave, air pop, whatever your favorite method). Spread popcorn on a cookie sheet. Melt a package of white candy melts confectionary coating. Sprinkle on strawberry and blue razz Pop Rocks. Let harden before serving.
Back in 2013, the condiment world was shaken by the news that salsa had overtaken ketchup as America’s number one sauce. And tortilla chips are hot on the heels of potato chips. Embrace this trend with a Fourth of July bowl of strawberry-blueberry-jicama salsa. Chop the strawberries and jicama into small pieces and add an equal part of whole blueberries. Throw in cilantro and red onions, squeeze fresh lime juice on top, and tear open a bag of chips to serve.
Strawberry and Bleu Cheese Bruschetta
Sweet meets savory in this simple appetizer. Slice and toast a fresh baguette. Smear on some bleu cheese and top with ripe strawberry slices. Add chopped chives for extra flavor.
Enjoy your holiday, the patriotic foods, and especially your friends and family. Your friends at Old World Stoneworks send you warm Fourth of July wishes. Remember, we’re always standing by to help you with your mantel and range hood needs.