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The Cookstr 10: A Fourth of July Picnic

July 12, 2011

This Fourth of July, declare your independence from store-bought containers of coleslaw and buckets of chicken, and opt to put together a picnic basket filled with quick and easy homemade goodies. Start a revolution in the kitchen by making your own basics like crackers and ice cream, or just provide some patriotic nostalgia with corn pone and coleslaw.

From macaroni salad to fried chicken, barbecued hamburgers to pies filled with seasonal summer fruit and berries, here’s an army of appetizers, side salads, meaty mains and desserts that are as American as, well, apple pie. We guarantee these ten recipes will have you seeing fireworks.

1. Herbed Flatbread Chips

 Maxine Effenson Chuck and Beth Gurney

These crisp and crunchy seasoned pita chips are addictive on their own, but also the perfect munchables to pair with hummus, guacamole, or onion dip.

Click here for  Maxine and Beth’s Herbed Flatbread Chips Recipe

2. Fennel, Carrot and Apple Slaw

This slightly sweet and tangy slaw recipe is devoid of mayonnaise, making it a better choice for an outdoor picnic in which food usually remains unrefrigerated for an hour or more. The bright flavors of fennel, red delicious and granny smith apples are highlighted by lemon juice and hot sauce.

Click here for Dan and Steve’s Fennel, Carrot and Apple Slaw Recipe

3. Corn Pone 

Edna Lewis

Corn pone, a staple of Southern cuisine, is a kind of cornbread made with a thick cornmeal dough. Frontiersmen would have baked them in a special iron pan over an open fire, but you can make these on a baking sheet.

Click here for Edna’s Corn Pone Recipe

4. Southern Fried Chicken

Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner
Lip-smacking, finger-licking good, this fried chicken is served up with traditional cream gravy for true Southern comfort.

Click here for Victoria and Brigitte’s Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

5. Barbecued Hamburgers for a Crowd
 Eula Mae Dore

This recipe will be your best friend if a Fourth of July barbecue has you operating as a short-order cook for the afternoon. You’ll be able to turn out a few dozen patties brushed with barbecue sauce like a pro.

Click here for Eula Mae’s Barbecued Hamburgers for a Crowd Recipe

6. Warm New Potato Salad with Preserved Shallots

Waldy Malouf

Red-skinned new potatoes shine when combined with chicken stock, fresh chives and chervil, and shallots preserved in red wine.

Click here for Waldy’s New Potato Salad with Preserved Shallots Recipe

7. Basic Macaroni Salad

Jean Anderson 

It wouldn’t be a picnic without macaroni salad, and this recipe is a fantastic jumping-off point for variations including cheese, meat, chicken or shellfish.

Click here for Jean’s Basic Macaroni Salad Recipe

8. Classic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

 Lou Seibert Pappas

Despite its name’s linguistic origins, pie a la mode was created in New York in the 1890’s and quickly became a standard on American menus throughout the country. Fruit pies and cobblers transcend when topped with a dollop of this creamy vanilla bean ice cream.

Click here for Lou’s Classic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Recipe

9. Flag-Raising Mixed-Berry Potpie

Flo Braker

In these patriotic potpies, sweet single-serving cream cheese crusts house blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. They can be assembled hours ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to bake.

Click here for Flo’s Flag-Raising Mixed-Berry Potpie Recipe

10. Apple Pie

 Tina Davis

This classic American dessert is the perfect finish to a Fourth of July picnic menu. Sweet and tart and spiced with cinnamon, the apples nestle inside a buttery, flaky crust.

Click here for Tina’s Apple Pie Recipe

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