Sunday, June 26, 2011

Freedom, Tradition, and ....Pizza?






Over the next week you will most likely be surrounded by events celebrating FREEDOM in our great country. When I think about this amazing time of year, I'm reminded of fond times spent camping with friends, doing bottle-rockets in our driveway with my dad and sister, and climbing barefoot onto the roof of our car to watch the fireworks over Ford Lake. As I reflect warmly upon memories like these, I feel grateful. I like how this time of year is such a time for TRADITION. These traditions are gifts passed down to us ( from our friends, our parents, our communities) that link us together. And, although what we're celebrating is INDEPENDENCE, it's a great reminder that what we all really need is each other.

What are some of your summer traditions? My guess, is that whatever they are, there is FOOD involved!! There is a delightful variety of fruits and vegetables in season during the summer months, and not only are they juicy and refreshing, but they're also beautiful to look at. Also, great about produce that's in season is that it costs less! You don't have to spend enormous amounts of money to get a beautiful spread of food for your summer gatherings, or even spend hours in the kitchen preparing recipes when you'd much rather be outside playing!
Having a RED, WHITE & BLUE party? Want to try something new? You may be interested in trying jicama. Jicama can be eaten raw or cooked, is crisp and crunchy and the flesh is white.

Why not throw together a salad, including jicama and some gorgeous red bell peppers?
RECIPES!! FRUIT PIZZA is a total crowd-pleaser! My mouth is watering just typing about it. It's sooooo good and you can really have fun with it and create a design all your own, using any combination of fruits you would like. And here are a few other food ideas that might work for the colors-themed party, that I know are super yum:






Looking for a cool treat that is sure to satisfy? This recipe for FROZEN LEMON CUSTARD won't let you down!

So....What do you love about this time of year? Do you have any recipe requests? Post them here and we'll do our best to oblige!

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