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Fourth of July Cookout!!!!

What is everyone cooking for the 4th of July, just trying to figure out something fun and new we BBQ pretty much everyweekend and I am bored and want something new and fun... Any ideas?????


Asked by Korysmom96 at 7:31 PM on Jun. 29, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • We're doing the typical barbecue (hotdogs, chicken, beans, corn on the cob) and I always make a special cake for the 4th of July decorated like the flag. It always goes fast! To make it you mix up a white cake mix, add in a tablespoon or two of fresh lemon juice, and bake it in a 13x9 pan (make sure to spray it well with cooking spray). I make my own homemade cream cheese icing (PM me for the recipe if you want it) or you can use store bought cream cheese icing. Wash 1 pint each of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. After icing the cake, use the blueberries to make the "stars" of the flag on the upper left of the cake, then use the strawberries (halved) and rapberries to make the red stripes of the flag. Its really good and refreshing on a hot summer day. You can also, if you prefer, just use cool-whip in place of the icing but realize it is going to melt fst!

    Answer by AprilDJC at 11:57 AM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • Mushroom, Red Pepper, and Squash Yakitori
    Makes: 12 skewers. Serves: 4 as an entree
    2/3 cup low-salt vegetable stock
    1/4 cup sake or apple cider or white grape juice
    3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari or braggs
    3 tablespoons mirin or dry sherry or apple cider or white grape juice
    1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
    2 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar
    2 small garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    1 tablespoon water
    20 large white or cremini mushrooms (about 2-inch caps)
    20 l-3/4-by-l-inch rectangular pieces yellow crookneck squash (about 3 medium squash)
    28 1-1/2-inch squares red bell pepper (about 3 large bell peppers)
    1/3 cup vegetable oil for brushing

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:37 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • Select twelve 10-to 12-inch wooden or metal skewers; if using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes and drain before using.
    To make the glaze: Combine the vegetable stock, sake, soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger in a medium non-reactive saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water and whisk into the soy mixture. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
    Preheat a grill to medium high or the oven to 450 degrees F.
    To assemble: Thread 5 mushrooms, lengthwise (starting with the bottom of each stem), onto each of 4 skewers. Thread 5 pieces of squash onto each of 4 other skewers and thread 7 red pepper pieces onto each of 4 other skewers. Place the kabobs on a baking sheet and brush with the vegetable oil, rotating the kabobs to coat evenly. Place the kabobs on the grill, grouping each type of vegetable for consistent cooking times.

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:38 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • Rotate the kabobs at least twice so the vegetables cook evenly. Brush liberally with the yakitori glaze a few minutes before the vegetables are ready. (Or, place the skewers on two baking sheets lined with aluminum foil and bake in the center of the oven for 25 to 35 minutes, basting at least twice after about 20 minutes.)
    Remove from the grill or oven and brush vegetables liberally with the glaze. Serve immediately, drizzled with additional glaze.
    Do ahead tips: The yakitori glaze can be made 1 week in advance, The skewers can be assembled 1 day in advance and brushed with oil just before cooking. They can also be cooked as directed 1 day in advance and reheated just before serving
    NOTE: I also use onion, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, sweet potatoes, whatever is fresh and on-hand. You can also add tempeh, extra firm tofu, seitan, etc.

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:38 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • We are having sloppy joes, baked beans, tuna salad, chips and birthday cupcakes. My son is turning 13 on the 4th of July so we are celebrating.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:29 PM on Jun. 29, 2009