When I found this recipe for a Red, White and Blue Trifle on Pinterest a few weeks ago, I could not wait for the 4th of July so I could make it (trifles make me feel sophisticated). And now that I am over my hatred for blueberries, I am even more excited. Want to make one too? Of course you do!

Here is what you’ll need:
1 whole angel food cake cut into small cubes
2 pints of strawberries (sliced)
2 pints of blueberries
6 tbs of condensed milk
1.5 cups of water
1 box of white chocolate instant pudding mix
12 ounce tub of whipped cream
Trifle bowl

First, go to the store and buy the ingredients – including the cake. I am always going for the short cuts in everything I do because easier is better. Cube up half of the angel food cake and layer in the bottom of the trifle bowl. On top of the cake, add a layer of blueberries.

In a separate non-trifle bowl, whisk together the water and condensed milk for 2 minutes. Seriously, set a timer. Then let stand for another 2 minutes and fold in the whipped cream. Then whisk in the white chocolate pudding and let stand for another 2 minutes and fold in the whipped cream.

Spread 1/2 of this creamy mixture evenly over the blueberries and cake. Add a layer of sliced strawberries and top with the remaining cake cubes. Finally, add some more blueberries and the remaining cream mixture.

Now it’s time to get creative! Decorate the top of the trifle with your remaining blueberries and strawberries. Cover and chill for at least an hour before you serve to your delighted guests. Be sure they admire you for your immense talent and oooh and ahhh over your efforts appropriately. Happy 4th to you and yours!

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It’s the 4th and it’s time to celebrate this great country’s birthday! Why not do it in style with the layered cocktail the 4th of July? It’s perfect for sipping while watching the fireworks show.

To make this drink you will need the following:

1/2 oz. of Grenadine
1 oz. Blue Curacao
1 1/2 oz. of chilled Vodka

When making this drink it is important to remember to pour the ingredients in order. First you will add your 1/2 oz or Grenadine. Next, with a spoon turned over so that the round side is up, slowly pour your Blue Curacao over the spoon into the glass. It will be approximately 1 oz. or the same width as your 1/2 or Grenadine. Finally, pour your chilled Vodka, the same way you did the Curacao, into the glass. This will be approximately 1 1/2 oz. or the same width as your Curacao. And there you have it, The 4th of July Cocktail!

Okay, so we’ve all decided that the calories don’t count on the Fourth of July, right? Well, if you insist on eating healthy anyway, 1.) we’re jealous of your willpower and 2.) this recipe will help.

Ingredients:

2 pounds medium Yukon gold potatoes (about 6 total)
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 shallot, minced (3 Tbsp.)
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

Directions:

Scrub potatoes; place in a pot. Pour in enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Add a pinch of salt; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until potatoes are just tender, about 20 minutes.

Combine mustard, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add juice and stir until blended. Slowly whisk in olive oil.

Drain potatoes; set aside until cool enough to handle. Using a sharp knife, remove peels. Cut potatoes into 1-inch cubes; add to bowl with shallot and dill; toss gently. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Originally posted at MyRecipes.

It’s almost here! It’s almost here!

We love Independence Day. It’s a birthday party for our country and we celebrate in style. Fireworks are legal and available here. Everyone up and down our street has been shopping and we all anxiously anticipate sundown.

Finally dusk arrives. Cookouts wrap up and fireworks come out. All the neighbors set up chairs in our driveways for the show. For hours we watch the colors light up the sky, hear the bangs and pops, and smell the cordite.

But the tastes? Those are my domain. I love to bake, that’s no secret, but Fourth of July is an especially fun time for preparing desserts because of all the ripe, juicy berries available this time of year. Many of my desserts feature them.

Just before sundown on Independence Day I set up the kitchen island with desserts. Kids and adults alike are in and out of the house all night long. Some of these will be offered this year:

1.) Patriotic Pavlova

2.) Strawberry Shortcake, Nacho Style

Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - 8 Delicious Fourth of July Desserts

3.) S’More and Strawberry Skewers

Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - 8 Delicious Fourth of July Desserts

4.) Peanut Butter and Jelly Dessert Pizza

Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - 8 Delicious Fourth of July Desserts

5.) Firecracker Red White and Blue Cake

Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - 8 Delicious Fourth of July Desserts

6.) White Chocolate Peppermint Cake

7.) Butterfingers Brownies

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8.) Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

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Learn to make delicious drinks from expert bartender and Liquor.com contributor Charlotte Voisey. She visits the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco and then creates a couple tasty cocktail recipes using late summer’s bounty of fruit.

Raspberry Bellini

.75 oz Stoli Razberi Vodka
2 oz Raspberry-White Peach Puree*
2 oz Sparkling wine

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a Champagne flute.

*Raspberry-White Peach Puree:
2 White peaches, pitted and chopped
4 Raspberries
.5 oz Fresh lemon juice

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend to a uniform puree.

Fresh Berry Delicious Cocktail

3 Large strawberries
1.5 oz Fresh lemon juice
.5 oz Honey syrup (one part honey, one part water)
.5 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
.5 oz Licor 43
1 oz Stoli Razberi Vodka
Garnish: Half a strawberry
Glass: Martini

In a shaker, muddle the strawberries. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake very well and double strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with half a strawberry.

Whether you’re going to a pot luck, BBQ, or hosting your own party, this Buffalo Mac n’ Cheese recipe is sure to be a hit. The best part (other than the taste) is that it’s quick and easy. This is a party favorite, so we can’t promise that there will be any leftovers!

Ingredients (serves 8)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
salt
1 pound macaroni
3/4 cup Hot Sauce (I use Frank’s)
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 1/2 cups half and half
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
8 ounces monterey jack cheese, shredded
2/3 cup sour cream
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles (optional)
[Note: You could also add 3 cups of shredded chicken mixed with 1/4 cup hot sauce. Mix into the cheese sauce before pouring over macaroni.]

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a large casserole dish (9×13 is recommended).
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook macaroni until al dente. Drain.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Stir in the flour and mustard and whisk until smooth.
Whisk in the half and half, and the hot sauce. Stir until thick, about 2 minutes.
Add the cheeses and whisk in the sour cream. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
Spread macaroni in the baking dish.
Pour the cheese sauce evenly over the top.
Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave.
Stir in the panko and the blue cheese if using.
Sprinkle over top of macaroni.
Bake until bubbly, about 30 minutes.
Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.