July 2, 2012

4th of July Foods!

The 4th of July is all about COLLABORATION!

If you’re still trying to decide what to bring to a 4th of July party this week, let’s brainstorm!


Bring these Artichoke Squares. They’re addictive. They’re great at room temperature too.

Who doesn’t like Herbed Ricotta Bruschetta? SERIOUSLY!

Blow people’s minds with this Corn Zucchini Lime Pizza. Everyone gets a slice.

Put those strawberries to good use with Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta!



This Pineapple Gin Punch is my new favorite drink!

Boozy Cucumber Coolers! Refreshing. Boozy!

Peach Rosemary Spritzers…who doesn’t love a good spritz?!

For those not partaking in spirits, this Honey Rosemary Lemonade is boss!

And this Strawberry Lemon Basil Soda is a real winner.



There’s nothing more refreshing than this Melon Mint Salad.

This Mango Apple Salad w/ Sugared Lime Zest is the business!

If you’re looking for an incredible potato salad, look no further! Salt & Vinegar Potato Salad. So delish.

Got some heirloom tomatoes & love cilantro? Make this Tomato Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette.

Three words. CHARRED. CORN. SALAD.

My Simple Greek Salad is crisp & bold! Nevermind that it’s Greek!



We’re totally not counting calories are we? CRISPY FRIED CHICKEN!!!!!!!

And if we are…..These Peppery Chicken Wings are baked!

If you’re feeding a crowd, might I suggest these Pulled Pork Sandwiches? Amaze.



Triple Berry Galette! More like triple threat to your diet!

Such a summery dessert…this Strawberry Icebox Pie!

FACT: I’m making this Coconut Cake with Berries & Cream for our 4th of July this year. Woot!


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  • annette

    Not to complain…and perhaps it’s just my computron, but I’ve been reading your blog for years, and lately, since you updating the formatting of your blog, it freezes up my computer, everytime. Any ideas what could be causing it, or ways I could fix this? I love your blog, and would hate to remove it from my subscriptions.

    • Tracy

      Oh weird! You are the first person I’ve heard this from. I don’t want my website to crash your computer. Maybe it’s your computer?

      • Sara

        Hi Tracy, I love your blog too, and visit regularly (my first time posting a comment though!). I just thought I’d mention that I’ve found this too – your blog takes a lot longer to load on my computer since you changed the formatting. It does look beautiful though. While I’m here and since I’ve finally posted a comment, thanks so much for all of your awesome and inspiring posts! Your photos are beautiful and I always look forward to your ‘I love lists’ Fridays. I bake compulsively, and have made lots from your site. So this was ranty, but yeah… Thanks! x

        • Tracy

          Thanks for your comment! I’m trying to get to the bottom of this so I can make this a place that works for you! Thanks for your patience.

          • April

            Same for me too, it actually used to happen to me on Serious Eats as well, but not anymore. It doen’t seem to happen when I use my husband’s computer and he uses Windows 7, not Vista like I do. I thought it was just my computer.

    • Jen

      I use a MAC and run on both firefox and chrome and this site definitely takes longer to load than it use to. #sadday

  • Stephanie

    I’m hosting our 4th of July potluck this year and I wish wish wish I could send all of your recipes to my guests! That way not only could I try them all, but I could also guarantee that they would be delicious.
    We are definitely making your Boozy Cucumber Coolers as our specialty drink of the evening. I might sneak in some of those artichoke squares too. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Fourth!

  • betty

    YUM in the TUM. I want to make one of each! The potato salad sounds like something I could make. God I’m STARVING!

  • Amanda Barkey

    Its been too hot in socal to turn on my oven other wise I would be righ ton board with you making that coconut cake… we are on dessert duty too and we are sticking with fresh summery fruit and making patriotic fruit wands… maybe with a few marshmallows and brownie bites thrown in the mix 🙂 We celebrated Canada Day yesterday and our bbq was EPIC… looking forward to round two on Wednesday!

    • Tracy

      Oh man! And you’re pregnant too! I meant to tell you- that’s sooo cool that your husband was apart of that tribe! I bet he’s a good dad as a result!

  • Ronni

    I’m making ribs for the first time this year. Summer bucket! I’m nervous, but excited.

    • Tracy

      Don’t be nervous. They’re SOOOO easy. You can’t really screw them up!

  • fusilliamy

    This totes got me in the mood to cook for the 4th! Being on a Wed kinda had me bummed.


  • Megan

    And now I want fried chicken on the real.

  • Jessica @ The Desert Abode

    Great roundup! Aren’t summer foods the greatest? 🙂

    I made blueberry-cornmeal pancakes this weekend and think they would make a fun and festive Fourth of July breakfast: http://www.thedesertabode.com/2012/07/02/blueberry-cornmeal-pancakes/

  • Erin

    I am making smoked salmon croquettes (with salmon that my sister brought back from Finland) with a basil lime mayonnaise. I can’t wait to make them!

  • beckiann

    I went to a pre-4th picnic this past weekend and I took salt & vinegar potato salad AND artichoke bars! i believe we think alike! (both were hits, by the way)

  • Diane

    I’ve been invited to an expat Fourth of July party and said I’d bring barbecue pulled pork sandwiches… but the hostess is allergic to gluten and dairy.

    Any suggestions about what to do so she can have some of the pulled pork goodness? I was thinking lettuce wraps.

    • Tracy

      Wraps sound great! You could also put it in a tortilla or over rice. That would be fantastic!

  • Judi

    Hey Tracy! I LOVE you and Joy and am a devoted fan of the podcast…..you guys make me lol while driving and I totally miss exits all the time because I am so happy to be driving and laughing to y’all…..
    I am on dessert duty for the FOJULY and bringing lemon meringue pie and Pretzel Salad. If you have not heard of the latter, go hear… http://www.ezrapoundcake.com/archives/12110 to see the basic recipe ….however, I modify by using fresh strawberries and blueberries and make them into an American flag… this is ALWAYS a hit….. totes bonks! I’ll be making it tomorrow and Wednesday so I’ll send you a pic of the finished product : )
    hogs and quiches!! judi

  • Jane M

    My July 4th hostess has gluten issues. Planning on baking my favorite Linzer cookies only after reading over my recipe I see along with almond flour there is also a bit of regular flour too. I hope it won’t upset her tummy. I’ll bring fruit as well as my hubs with diabetes can eat something as well. Grrr food issues – just like in the NYT Article from yesterday!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet

    pineapple gin punch.

  • Kate Ramos

    This all looks fantastic. Although I will be on a plane on the 4th, I’ll be thinking about all this wonderful food!

  • Catherine

    I just can’t resist that mango apple salad, it perfectly fits as a hors d’oeuvres for my upcoming backyard party with my kids, and friends, I already have planned of getting grilled and smoked chicken for my main dish. I am pretty sure that salad would be a hit for them.

  • Nicole @ The Dirty Oven

    Up way to early on the 4th and now totally hungry. Made your corn salad and strawberry goat cheese bruschetta last year. Both off the with rave reviews. Hmmm…what to make this year?

  • Jen

    Best post I’ve ever seen as a compilation of recipes.

  • Karen

    That strawberry icebox pie was a total hit at our 4th bash! And so easy! Perfect for these sweltering hot days.

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