Festive Fourth of July Recipes

The Fourth of July is the perfect reason to bring together friends and family for a good old-fashioned backyard barbecue.  Celebrating our independence is a pretty good reason to gather 'round the picnic table, too!  Today I'm going to give you eleven recipes {or how-to's} that are as delicious as they are beautiful.Let's start with a few beautiful appetizers./1/ Patriotic Dip - Turn your ordinary dip dish into a festive masterpiece with just a few simple steps./2/ Summer Fruit Wands - While your guests wait on their juicy cheeseburger to come off of the grill serve them these super fun Fruit Wands!/3/ Cheesy Star Chips - These are easy and cute! Add a dish of salsa for dipping to complete this appetizer. Moving on to the main course, shall we?/4/ Aloha Burgers - … [Read more...]

Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day!  Have you ever celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day? On the 3rd Thursday of every November, France celebrates – Beaujolais Nouveau Day.  At 12:01am (by law!), the year’s vintage is released and the French celebrate with fireworks and parties. In 2014, Beaujolais Day is Thursday November 20.   I love the idea of this event, which celebrates the harvest and abundance.Beaujolais is a region of France known for growing the Gamay grape (from which Beaujolais is made). Gamay is like a cousin of Pinot Noir.  There are many rules about how the grapes are grown, when they are harvested.  Because it is the first wine of the harvest and made quickly (6-8 weeks as opposed to a traditional 6 - 24 months for other wines), Beaujolais Nouveau is lighter, fruitier and a … [Read more...]