Cherry Bomb Tarts

Little Cherry Tarts to light up your picnic – so easy with phyllo!

Cherry Bomb Tarts

Like edible firecrackers, these little cherry tarts will light up your fourth of July!

A sweet treat based on a firecracker to light up your Fourth of July picnic. Whodda thunk it?

I saw these Smoked Cherry Bombs in this month’s Cooking Light magazine – but I skipped the smoking step – which just seemed too complicated. I also doubled the filling amounts, because c’mon – almond paste whipped with cream cheese! They are fun to serve on a platter – and this recipe achieves the perfect balance of flavor and texture – creamy and crispy all in one bite.

Next to Christmas, the Fourth of July is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the picnics, parades, fireworks – I love it all. And so, I am always on the hunt for recipes that are patriotic. Two from the past – Red White and Blueberry Cookie Tarts,   and American Flag Fruit Skewers.

Have fun on the Fourth!

— posted by Donna

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Patriotic Rocket Pops: Fruited But Definitely Not Plain!

Patriotic Rocket Pops

I just got back from a visit to Colorado to spend a few days with family. Since I usually only get to visit over the winter holidays, I had forgotten just how hot it can get there: it was in the high 90’s and low 100’s the entire time. Now, it’s a dry heat, so I found it much more tolerable than it would have been if humidity were added to the mix, but still. 104 is still 104.

So I see delicious and gorgeous popsicle action popping up all over Pinterest and my Facebook feed. Check out this incredible cucumber honeydew margarita “poptail”, for just one example. I made it and can guarantee it is as gloriously refreshing as it looks.  But I also wanted to make one of my own, with fruit, no dairy, and and no refined sugar, so I could enjoy with abandon. A frozen smoothie, really. Since next week is (already!) the 4th, why not run with the theme? …

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Star Spangled Waffles Recipe


Star Spangled Waffles to Start Your Fourth with a Bang!

If you have ever been to my house, you know that the Fourth of July is the second biggest holiday of the year. Red White and Blue is everywhere, and that includes the food.

This year, I have even come up with a way to make breakfast patriotic!

Take two square waffles and cut one in half and add it on to the other on the plate – making a flag shape. Then, spread some vanilla Greek yogurt on top, add blueberries for star effect and smashed raspberries and jam for the “stripes.”

Saluting when you sit down – entirely optional, but encouraged!

Happy Fourth, Food Fans!

— posted by Donna

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Celebrate the Fourth! Red, White and Blueberry Quinoa Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette


Sure, we love those pretty flag cakes with the white frosting, red strawberries lined up like stripes and blueberry stars in the corner. But I wanted to make something different yet festive – a patriotic salad. What to make that has those All-American colors? How about protein powerhouse white(ish) quinoa, red strawberries and blueberries. I know, I know. Quinoa is usually eaten savory style but I think it is a perfect mild canvas for sweet flavors.

This dish is  a perfect Fourth of July recipe: a mayo-free refreshing fruity salad that can even go along on your next picnic. And the sweet tangy grapefruit vinaigrette is sublime! And, if you leave off the yogurt drizzle this is a great vegan dish.

So, cut yourself some watermelon triangles and place them in a star shape around the edges of your platter with the quinoa salad heaped in the middle. Drizzle on some Greek yogurt for a stripe-like flag effect. Then, just stand back and salute!

Happy Fourth, Everyone!

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