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Tasteful Tuesday: 4th of July Favorites

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

This week we have rounded up some variations of favorite recipes for your 4th of July picnic or barbecue. Since you’ll likely be on the go and socializing with friends and family, these dishes are easy to serve and easy to eat, and taste just as good the day (or days) after if you find yourself bringing leftovers home. Let us know if you try any of these recipes, and share with us your favorites for celebrating the 4th of July.

Honey Mustard Chicken Sliders - via ShutterbeanSliders
Sliders are an excellent option to have at any party or get-together. They don’t have to be served as a sit-down meal like a hamburger or sandwich, and they pair well with many other dishes that you serve or that your guests bring. We found a chicken slider recipe that is sure to please even the youngest or pickiest eaters at your barbecue. Prepare them just as this recipe instructs, or prepare the chicken the same and set out a variety of toppings for your guests to choose on their own.

Honey Mustard Fried Chicken Sliders – via Shutterbean

Pasta Salad
We can’t go all summer without having one or two different pasta salads – and the 4th of July is a perfect time to debut a new recipe or stick with your favorite. Crisp vegetables, creamy cheeses, flavorful dressings, endless pasta possibilites; it’s nearly impossible to end up with a pasta salad that isn’t delicious. We’ve featured a delectable BLT Pasta Salad recipe here on our blog that showcases our love for the classic BLT sandwich (with chicken), but if you want to stick with just vegetables we have the perfect suggestion for a flawlessly delicious pasta salad.

Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad – via Taste of Home

Pound CakeFor Dessert
There are many excellent red, white and blue themed desserts on various blogs and in cookbooks, but we’ve chosen to stay simple and classic with a pound cake recipe. Pound cakes are relatively versatile as far as toppings go, although for the 4th we recommend using strawberries and/or raspberries with blueberries on top of whipped cream. If you have a family or favorite recipe for whipped cream in your collection, combine it with our Caramel Pound Cake recipe (just skip the icing part) and add the berries last. Or, check out the following recipe for an all-inclusive pound cake with whipped cream.

Berry Pound Cake with Whipped Cream – via Delish; Martha Stewart

Red, White & Blue Sangria - via Noble PigTo Drink
This just may be our favorite category. We’ve featured many great drink recipes to keep you refreshed on a hot summer afternoon and during summer barbecues, and the 4th of July is no exception. Our Lemon Iced Tea and Strawberry Lemonade are perfect for guests of all ages, and complement most summertime barbecue foods. We’ve also compiled a list of three perfect summer coolers for all tastes and ages to add more variety to your beverage cart. We couldn’t forget about a red, white and blue beverage, though, so we found a perfect Sangria recipe that will fit in with your patriotic themed party this weekend. Enjoy!

Red, White & Blue Sangria – via Noble Pig

Tuesday Recipe: Crock Pot Sausage & Cheese Tortellini

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo! To celebrate, we’re putting a little Italian twist on a spicy crock pot recipe that you and your family can enjoy tonight for dinner, and as leftovers for the next couple of days. It’s as easy to put together as it is delicious, so don’t be surprised if it becomes an instant classic in your home.

What you’ll need:

  • Crock pot
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 20 oz. of your favorite tortellini
  • 1 pound spicy ground Italian sausage
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (seasoned to taste), undrained
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • Grated Parmesan cheese if desired (for topping)


  1. Brown the sausage in a stove-top pan on medium heat, seasoning to taste.
  2. Add sausage and tortellini to the slow cooker, pouring the tomatoes and broth over the top. Add cream cheese in chunks.
  3. Stir to evenly distribute all the ingredients, making sure the tortellini is covered by the liquids.
  4. Cook on low in a crock pot for about 4 hours and 30 minutes. Stir at 2 hours and again at 4 hours, removing the lid for the last 30 minutes of cooking. Serve hot, adding Parmesan cheese if desired, and enjoy!

Tuesday Recipe: Traditional Shepherd’s Pie

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Shepherd's Pie

That’s right, a recipe that isn’t for a breakfast dish! Although, this Traditional Shepherd’s Pie is so delicious you’ll want to be eating it for every meal. Double up on the ingredients for week long leftovers, or indulge in this warm dish for a week-day dinner. Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes, or until soft. Drain and mash, mixing in the butter and milk until smooth.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  3. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef until just browned. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  4. Place the cooked ground beef into the bottom of your glass baking dish and pour the can of creamed corn on top.
  5. Add the can of sweet corn, distributing it over the creamed corn layer as evenly as possible. Top with the mashed potato, again spreading as evenly as possible.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook for 5 more minutes uncovered, or until the top is browned. Will serve about 8 people.