I’ll be doing the usual. Watching 1776 right now (and working…just been that kind of few weeks).
Hope you enjoy your day!
JeffreyW gives us a delicious example above
I am going to a quick 4th of July party on Monday – I still have to work, and pack. I’ll probably be working the entire holiday weekend so I can take off the week after I move.
My friend and I were talking menu items and pasta salad made our list. So I thought I’d put up a few salad recipes for the holiday.
My favorite is Chipotle Macaroni Salad and can be found here.
Greek Pasta Salad adds a fresh take on the traditional pasta dish. Recipe is here.
Tangy Pasta Salad incorporates lots of fresh vegetables. For complete dinner menu, recipes and shopping list, click here.
And finally, this one is just as it says, quick and easy, and very tasty.
Quick and Easy Macaroni Salad
Blend together well and refrigerate until ready to mix in.
Bring water to a boil, add 1 tsp salt and pasta. Cook until al dente (firm to tooth). Immediately drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Do not drain well, allow macaroni to stay wet, remove to bowl. Immediately add garlic, spices, celery seed, and let sit for 5 minutes. As the pasta absorbs the remaining water, it absorbs all the flavors. Next stir in carrots, celery, cheese and tomatoes. Save tossing with the dressing until 5-10 minutes before serving. This keeps the pasta from absorbing all of it and becoming mushy and flavorless, but still gives it enough time to meld the flavors together.
Next up – what I decided to bring to the party….stay tuned….
Just a little holiday fun:
If you’ve never seen this movie, put it in your queue.
Cucumber Tomato Salad:
Thinly slice cucumbers, onions, pepper & dice tomatoes. Mix together with salad dressing and Italian dressing. Salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4-6.
You all know how I feel about this holiday, I love it. Food, friends and fireworks, what’s not to love? Have a great day.
EDIT: Just realized the tomatoes were omitted from the ingredient list. Corrected now.
What a week. The Colorado wildfires became personal again, as my office was smack in the middle of an evacuation zone. The authorities never had to make it mandatory and as I write this, that fire is well contained. Add to that, one of the guys I work with was in a horrible motorcycle accident at the beginning of the week and that shook us all up. I was ready for the week to be over sometime around Tuesday night, so I’m grateful it’s Thursday and the weekend is within sprinting distance. Even happier that Independence Day is around the corner
Since I love July 4th, I have quite a few recipes that celebrate it with great picnic foods. All 21 of them can be found at this link. There is quite a variety: fancy appetizers; cold salads; grilling ideas; fun desserts; and even cold drinks. There is also an entire post of potato salad recipes from Balloon-Juicers.
I really like tonight’s featured recipe. It was a huge hit last year at the July 4th picnic. I’m actually making it right now for a going away party, that’s how it became tonight’s recipe.
All right, now it’s your turn, what are your favorite foods on July 4th? Are you all-American with burgers and dogs or something more sophisticated? Share your favorites in the comments and we can all argue about it, good-naturedly of course.
Tonight’s featured recipe:
Chipotle Macaroni Salad
Mix together ingredients and set aside while macaroni cooks.
Bring water to a boil, add 1 tsp salt and macaroni. Cook until al dente (firm to tooth). Immediately drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Do not drain well, allow macaroni to stay wet, remove to bowl. Immediately add garlic, celery, onion, parsley and lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in cheddar cheese, tomatoes, bacon and chipotle mayonnaise. Salt and pepper to taste. Allow to chill 15 – 30 minutes. Serves 8-10.
Just a note: There will be no recipe exchange next Thursday, we’ll pick up again on July 12th.
We hold these truths to be self-evident…..
Yeah, I’m still a sucker for July 4th. I’ll be watching 1776 sometime over the holiday. There will be fireworks. And a picnic. I love that we are a country of rebels and continue to be a country of rebels. It’s not always pretty, but really, would we have it any other way?
This year I’ve made Macaroni Salad with Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Chipotle Mayonnaise. Have a safe and happy 4th of July.
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UPDATED: Now with bacon. Friend of blog reminded me I was going to add bacon to this recipe (though he suggested Pancetta). See updated recipe below.
This is what I’m taking to the 4th of July picnic. (Photos to follow). What are you cooking this holiday weekend?
Macaroni Salad with Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Chipotle Mayonnaise
While macaroni is cooking, mix together ingredients.
Bring water to a boil, add 1 tsp salt and macaroni. Cook until al dente, (firm to tooth). Immediately drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Do not drain well, allow macaroni to stay wet, remove to bowl. Immediately add garlic, celery, onion, parsley and lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in cheddar cheese, bacon and chipotle mayonnaise. Salt and pepper to taste. Allow to chill 15 – 30 minutes. Serves 8-10.