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Sizzle Simmer Sauté Sylvania — 06.20.17

  Make it a red, white and blue-tiful celebration
–by Jennifer Ruple

 Jennifer Ruple

Jennifer Ruple

It seems like just yesterday that the kiddos were finishing up their school year, and here we are knocking on the door of Independence Day. Summer sure does fly by, and that gives us even more of a reason to make it a festive and fun holiday for all ages to enjoy.

Take the fun outside, and plan a patriotic party with red, white and blue decorations and a coordinating food buffet. Here are a handful of décor and recipe ideas to make your Fourth of July a red, white and blue-tiful celebration.

Don’t forget the hot dogs and sparklers!

Create a patriotic centerpiece with colorful blooms.

Start with the Centerpiece
Create an All-American table display with one large or a few small cobalt blue vases.
Fill each vase with red and white flowers such as mini carnations, daisy mums, snapdragons, gerbera daisies, stock or ranunculus.
Add a small American flag to each arrangement and a little something sparkly.
Anchor the arrangement on an American flag table runner.

Cherry and Blueberry Cheesecake Desserts

Cherry and Blueberry Cheesecake Desserts
Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with individual-serving cherry and blueberry cheesecake desserts.
Serve these tasty treats in canning jars, and they’ll be a hit with adults and youngsters alike.
Servings: 8

Eight 8-ounce canning jars
Two 3.4-ounce boxes of cheesecake flavored pudding
2 cups cold milk
⅔ cup graham cracker crumbs
⅛ cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted

Cherry and blueberry pie filling
In a medium bowl, whisk pudding mix and milk together for two minutes. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to set.
Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Spoon even amounts of crumb mixture into canning jars.
Divide pudding among canning jars.
Top with cherry and blueberry pie filling.

Serve a light, refreshing fruit salad.

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad
Keep it light and healthy with a colorful and tangy fruit salad.
A coating of this sweet and tart dressing enhances the salad by helping to keep the apples from browning, and the fresh mint adds a cooling element to the dish.
Servings: 10

1 pound strawberries, sliced
6 ounces blueberries
3 cups watermelon, cubed
1 apple, peeled and chopped

1 tablespoon sugar
1 ½ tablespoons lime juice
1 ½ tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon mint, chopped

In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. In a large bowl, toss together fruit and dressing. Chill until serving.
(Recipe adapted from

Dress up drinks with iced fruit cubes.

Iced Fruit Cubes
Keep your beverages chilled with iced fruit cubes.
Fill ice cube trays with an assortment of fresh berries – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries – any combo will do.
Freeze, and then add them to individual water glasses. The fruit not only looks pretty, but it adds a nice infusion of berry flavor into your drinks.


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