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5 Fun Recipes for Your 4th of July Party Menu

Flag Cake

  • 1 package French vanilla cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 package (3 ounces) berry blue gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
    1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with waxed paper and grease the paper; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pan.
    2. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
    3. Transfer cake to a covered cake board. Using a small knife, cut out a 5-in. x 4-in. rectangle (1/2 in. deep) in the top left corner of cake, leaving a 1/2-in. border along edges of cake. For red stripes, cut out 1/2-in. wide rows (1/2 in. deep), leaving a 1/2-in. border. Using a fork, carefully remove cut-out cake pieces.
    4. In a small bowl, dissolve berry blue gelatin in 3/4 cup boiling water. Pour 1/2 cup cold water into a 2-cup measuring cup; add enough ice cubes to measure 1-1/4 cups. Stir into gelatin until slightly thickened. Scoop out and discard any remaining ice cubes. Repeat, making strawberry gelatin.
    5. In a small bowl, combine strawberries and 1 cup strawberry gelatin. In another bowl, combine blueberries and 1 cup blue gelatin. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or just until soft-set. (Save remaining gelatin for another use.)
    6. Stir gelatin mixtures. Slowly pour blueberry mixture into rectangle; spoon strawberry mixture into stripes.
    7. In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy; beat in the confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Add marshmallow creme; beat well until light and fluffy. Spread 1 cup over sides and top edge of cake. Refrigerate remaining frosting for 20 minutes.
    8. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a large star tip. Fill the bag with remaining frosting. Pipe frosting in between rows of strawberry gelatin and around edges of cake. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until gelatin is set. Yield: 15 servings.

    Source: Taste of Home

    Guy Fieri Cocktail


    • 1 ounce watermelon schnapps
    • 1 big splash cranberry juice
    • 1 very thin slice jalapeno or serrano pepper
    • 1 slice lemon
    • 1 slice lime
    • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
    • 1/4 ounce blue curacao
    • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
    • Watermelon wedge, for garnish (optional)
    1. Mix the schnapps and cranberry juice in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled glass.
    2. Muddle the jalapeno pepper, lemon and lime slices, tequila, blue curacao and simple syrup (to make a batch, dissolve sugar in equal parts hot water and chill) in the shaker. Slowly strain into the glass over the red layer. Garnish with watermelon, if desired.


    Firecracker Ice Pop

    • 1/2 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered (1 1/2 cups)
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 pound blueberries (1 1/2 cups)
    • 1 1/4 cups low-fat plain yogurt
    1. In a food processor, puree strawberries with 1 tablespoon sugar. Transfer to a small bowl. In processor, puree blueberries with 1 tablespoon sugar. In another small bowl, whisk together yogurt and 2 tablespoons sugar. Pour the 3 mixtures, alternating, into ten 3-ounce ice-pop molds, making 3 to 5 layers in each. With a skewer or thin-bladed knife, swirl mixtures together in an up-and-down motion. Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until solid, 2 1/2 to 3 hours (or up to 1 week).


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    Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.


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    8:50PM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

    Yammmy, thanks.

    5:07AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

    Thanks for the recipes

    5:04AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

    mmmmm sounds good and not only for 4th of July ;)

    1:11AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013


    8:25AM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

    Looks yummy... thanks!

    5:55PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

    Very nice and love it all fun recipes.

    3:34PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

    Yummy! Will give these a try--thanks!

    6:15AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

    sounds good thanks

    10:05AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013


    1:38AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013


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