Celebrating July 4th with Rebecca Lang
The Independence Day holiday involves many traditions. Of course, celebrating The 4th of July with a backyard BBQ is at the top of the list, but for many people Independence involves bringing family and friends together for a special meal. Rebecca Lang – one of the nation’s top food writers and the author of “Around the Southern Table” and “The Southern Vegetable” – shares some timely recipes for 4th of July entertaining. They are sure to be a hit at your celebration!
A BEVERAGE TO KEEP US COOL
Staying hydrated is one of the keys to being healthy and happy but, for lots of people, drinking enough water every day is a challenge. Made with only simple ingredients, True Lemon and True Lime provide refreshing, tasty options to flavor water and help you drink more water, deliciously; it’s my new favorite way to drink water. Only 10-calories a stick packet they’re perfect for on-the-go busy lifestyles. True Lemonades and Limeades are made with only simple and clean, non-GMO ingredients including citrus oils and juices from citrus fruits. They contain no artificial sweeteners, flavorings or preservatives so you can feel great about quenching your thirst and giving them to your family and come in nine delicious flavors. For more information, visit truelemon.com
SUGGESTIONS FOR SNACKS
This summer, skip the overindulgent snacks and opt for delicious, better-for-you Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers. They are made from wholesome ingredients like brown rice, sesame seeds, quinoa and flax—and they are packed with great flavor. Plus, a serving of 15 crackers contains just 120 calories! Not only do they taste great, but they pair well with all your favorite summer flavors. Here I have topped them with crumbled feta, balsamic and grilled watermelon for an easy and health-conscious appetizer. For more information, visit crunchmaster.com
Grilled Watermelon, Feta and Balsamic Cracker Canapés
• 4 watermelon wedges (1/2-inch thick slices, 4 inches wide at base)
• 16 Crunchmaster® Multi-Grain Sea Salt Crackers
• 1/4 cup finely crumbled feta cheese
• 1/4 cup prepared balsamic reduction
• 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
1. Preheat grill to medium-high; grease grate well. Grill watermelon wedges, turning once, for 3 to 5 minutes or until grill-marked on both sides. Cut each watermelon wedge into 4 smaller wedges.
2. Top each cracker with watermelon wedge and sprinkle with feta. Drizzle with balsamic reduction. Garnish with fresh mint.
3. Tip: Add finely chopped Kalamata olives for a tangy addition.
SPECIAL IDEAS TO IMPRESS GUESTS
For a limited time, SMIRNOFF and SMIRNOFF ICE Red, White & Berry is back! The flavored vodka and malt beverage is a blend of cherry, citrus and blue raspberry flavors. They’re perfect for any host or hostess this Fourth of July to bring some Americana fun to any celebration! SMIRNOFF ICE Red, White & Berry is perfect to drink chilled by itself straight out of a cooler on the beach or mixed into a festive punch at a BBQ. And the SMIRNOFF Red, White & Berry is best enjoyed as a chilled shot or as a delicious ingredient to mix into an easy summer cocktail like this ‘MERICA Mule. For recipe ideas go to Smirnoff.com