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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Recipe Roundup - Ideas For Your Fourth of July Feast

It's unnerving how quickly summer flies by. Still, we're looking forward to the second big fete of the season, The Fourth of July. While our celebration will undoubtedly include American favorites like Burgers (we love Pat La Frieda's Short Rib Blend), we'll always throw in a few extra twists to make sure our barbecue is one for the books. Today, we'll round up some of NK's favorite summer party recipes. Most can be made on an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan. Hope this get's your creative juices flowing. Happy Cooking! 

A Hot Dog Less Ordinary - Why not try our Chicago Dogs with all the fixins on the grill? 









Real Chicago Dogs 











Tacos! - Remember our recent Cinco de Mayo Carne Asada post? Well this Skirt-Steak based Taco works great on a grill: 












Tacos Carne Asada













Wings! - The winner and still champion of party foods. In our house, these Old Bay Spiced Buffalo Wings are generally baked, but you can absolutely grill them as well. So. Good. 











Old Bay Buffalo Wings














Sharable Shrimp Ceviche Served with Tortilla Chips is "a good thing." We like to lightly boil our Shrimp so you won't have any raw food worries. Bring this great app if you're attending a party.










Cooked Shrimp Ceviche











Salads with a Spin - Because barbecue Side Salads Should not be humdrum:













Watermelon Salad with Arugula, Ricotta Salata, and Mint Dressing

 AND










Grilled Pineapple Salad with Basil and Cucumber














Vegetarian Pasta Salad - This as good at room temp raw sauce pasta recipe easily morphs into a winning side or main that will please all palates - we love our Vegetarian Friends.  








Whole Wheat Pasta Crudaiola with Arugula, Cherry Tomato, and Ricotta Salata











Indoor Feast on tap for you? Just because you aren't barbecuing doesn't mean you can't have a smashing sit down meal. Here are two of our favorite Summery Seafood Dishes that get raves every time: 












Zuppa di Clams with Savory Crouton





Crab Pasta with Lemon and Chive Butter












And for Dessert?
This super easy, stone-fruit driven Tart comes together quickly with frozen puff pastry. Use it to showcase the season's best produce. 










Easy Apricot Blackberry Frangipane Tart









That'll do it. Keep us posted on your food adventures and we hope you do enjoy our Nation's birthday and all the food it brings. 

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