Needless to say, the Bakers like to Bake AND Cook AND Eat. We do have cheater nights when we make our Hormel Roast Beef au Jus. Microwave for 4 minutes and it's awesome. Don't judge. We had one last night with grilled veggies (and by grilled... I mean grilled on the panini maker. It's too hot to go outside.)
So, since we love food so much, all I can think about are the fun themed things I can make this weekend due to the Fourth. I get to put flags on things and stars everywhere and no one will think less of me.
I thought I'd come up with a sample menu for an entire day, centered around the Fourth. Mainly because I might need a menu. Helpy me to Helpy you.
I would start off the day with Patriotic Pancakes or Waffles! Nothing says Good Morning AMERICA like a thick, slightly crispy waffle, with butter, chopped strawberries, blueberries, a little powdered sugar and some fresh syrup. With Bacon. And OJ. Completely balanced meal if you ask me.
As many of us will be eating outside, on a boat, at a picnic, or me, where it's nice and air conditioned indoors, we'll want something light so we can chow down on something grilled for dinner. How about a cold pasta salad or a fresh summery tomato/mozz/basil ciabatta?
Snacks... pre- dinner:
I found this really fun idea that would be fun to put out mid afternoon as a light (and healthy) snack. Plus, if you had some red, white and blue drink holders, you'd be good to go.
Serve with a big bowl of ranch dip. How cute are those mini carrots? I bet they are found at Whole Foods... which Shreveport does not have. Sad. I'll check my local Brookshires. And cross my fingers.
What is more American than a hot dog? What about a twist on a hot dog... and serve pulled pork on a hot dog bun? You could have it cooking all day and make the house smell SO GOOD!
I could go crazy on this one but I'll try to keep it to 2 ideas...
For the kids: (who am I kidding... I would love one of these)