Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Day After...
Our 4th of July celebration was and homemade chocolate chip coffee cake before the neighborhood parade...the goodie packs were a hit with the kiddos, and put them into the spirit of the parade in their silly hats, glasses, etc.  Brunch was at 11AM with more coffee cake, delicious fresh berries, mimosas, brie soufflé, and little smokies sausages.  Even though clouds gloomed overhead most of the day, it was warm and the pool was were the water fights!  The kiddos, and half the adults played in the pool most of the day.  Later in the afternoon we had some homemade guacamole, salsa, and cocktails.  Hard to imagine we could still eat, but what is the fourth of July without burgers?? My sister makes the best spicy sliders in all 50 states, I am quite sure.  I prepared multi-colored baked fries in slices, and my mom made her very popular broccoli salad, served with cold white wine, beer, or limeade.  DELISH!  Last, but not least, Stadium brownies and ice cream...a perfect ending before rushing off to the amazing fireworks display over Newport harbor.  And a good time was had by all!

Below are the recipes from dinner as it makes a great summer party menu for casual al fresco dining.
Spicy Sliders
1/3 cup finely chopped green onions
3 TBSP non-fat plain yogurt
1-4 TBSP finely chopped jalapeño peppers
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 lbs. lean ground beef or turkey
Mix together and form into slider patties
6 oz slices jalapeño jack to melt on top
slider buns
Cook on grill

Lime Mayo Sauce:
1/3 cup mayonaise
1/2 tsp lime zest
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp dijon mustard

Multi-Colored Potato Baked Fries
Choose a variety of I have used a purple, golden, new, and sweet potatoes
Slice thinly (less than 1/4 inch thick)and toss in a bowl with olive oil.  
Lay out individually on a baking sheet and generously salt and pepper.  
Bake in preheated oven 400 degrees, 20-30 minutes until lightly brown.

Stadium Brownies

Best with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce!

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