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Independance Day Dessert Ideas Recipe

Independance Day Dessert Ideas

07.04.13 by Jackie

With the temperatures rising in the Bay Area, I think I'm not going to cook a lot for our Indepence Day pool party. My husband Lulu is going to be in charge of grilling vegetables and hot dogs and I'll take care of the sweet treats

If you haven’t figured out what to make, here are a few suggestions to satisfy your sweet tooth. Happy 4th everyone!


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Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs Recipe

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

07.04.11 by Jackie

I'm a huge fan of fall-off the bone, super tender beef ribs. My trick is to marinate them overnight with (I used an Asian pear purée and ground papaya mixture) to tenderize the meat. The following day, I cooked them, wrapped in aluminum foil, for several hours in a slow cooker. Lastly, I smothered them in barbecue sauce and place them on a barbecue grill.

July 4th isn't the same without beef ribs. I don't make them that often because I find it quite time-consuming and the result is pretty meager for the amount of work. What I mean by that is that there is very little meat falling off the bone. What can I say, I'm very greedy when it comes to eating meat! Purists will probably think it's wrong to par-boil or steam the ribs in a slow cooker because flavors are lost. But the slow cooker method guarantees that they turn out very tender.


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July 4th Dessert: Peach Pie Recipe (Lattice-Top Pie) Recipe

We have been blessed with an abundance of insanely juicy and delicious doughnut peaches this year, and best of all, we got to them before the squirrels did! Like the more traditional apples, peaches  also symbolise America, summer and the 4th of July and I thought it would be fun to use them in a dessert. As an added bonus, doughnut peaches represent our family really well, as they are also Asian "immigrants" to the land of the free.

I prepared a traditional peach pie, but for a twist, I added a touch of ginger. I also decided to top the pie with a lattice pastry dough. I watched Disney movies over and over again during my childhood and I always dreamed of making a pie as beautiful as the one Snow White made.

What's better with warm pie than ice cream? Since I made a fairly traditional pie, I paired it with a surprisingly rich goat milk ice cream. The sweetness from the peach pie filling and the light tartness of the goat milk are wonderful foils. Stay tuned for the goat milk ice cream recipe!


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Black Bean Burger (Homemade Veggie Burger Recipe) Recipe

Have you started preparing your 4th of July menu? I always plan ahead, because along with ribs, burgers and hot dogs, I have come up with a vegetarian option as well. As always, there's going to be a platter of grilled vegetables, corn on the cob and fire-roasted sweet potatoes but I still wanted to make a "main course" worthy vegetarian dish that's substantial and filling.

After polling the herbivores in my house, I settled on black bean burgers. They're just seasoned, mashed black beans bound together with lecithin and xanthan gum. You could always use an egg instead if there are no dietary restrictions or allergies to contend with. A couple of minutes on the grill and they're good to go. You could also opt for other legumes such as pinto beans, chickpeas, kidney beans or fava beans.

I'll probably grill the veggie burgers first, then cook the regular meat burgers and let each guest assemble their sandwich with tomato slices, greens and onions. What could be better on Independence Day than a little freedom?


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Easy Barbecue Chicken Recipe for July 4th Recipe

I have been grilling a lot of poultry lately on the wonderful barbecue grill we purchased this past Memorial Day weekend. I’ve made tandoori chicken and soy sauce quail and they both turned out lovely. I thought it was time to experiment a bit and create a new recipe for the upcoming July 4th weekend. I had a jar of delicious chokecherry jelly that Daddy's friends from Minnesota gave us, and I decided to make a marinade and glaze out of it. The jelly imparts a tangy sweet flavor to the chicken that is perfect for a hot summer day.

If you're having a barbecue this July 4th weekend, give this grilled chicken recipe a try. It's to die for! For more grilling recipes, check out Mark Bittman's latest post, 101 Fast Recipes for Grilling.


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