Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fourth of July

What American doesn't love a patriotic fourth of July gathering with fireworks, good food, family and close friends?  I know I do. Our party will have hot dogs and hamburgers, chips and pickles. I'm going to make a bowl of potato salad.

perfect bowl for potato salad

Potato Salad - serves 8
Heart of the Home by Susan Branch

2 lbs red bliss potatoes, scrubbed and halved
1/2 lb bacon, chopped
1/2 cup shallots, finely chopped
1//4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
salt and pepper

1. Boil potatoes until tender, drain, cut into bite size pieces. 
2. Fry bacon. set aside. Drain all but 3 T of bacon fat from the pan. Add shallots and saute until soft. Combine shallots and cooked bacon and pour over hot potatoes.
3. Add remaining ingredients. Stir well.  Serve at room temperature.

With the bounty of local farm fresh strawberries, I'm making strawberry shortcake this weekend too. 

a bowl for cake; a bowl for berries

Strawberry Shortcakes for 8
Martha Stewart Food Magazine
2 1/2 cups flour
1 stick butter (cold)
1/3 cup plus 1 T sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 425. In a food processor, combine flour, butter, 1/3 cup sugar and baking powder; process until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add milk until moistened. 
2. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and gently pat into a 4x8 inch rectangle. 
3. Dust a large knife with flour; cut dough into eight squares. Transfer to a baking sheet; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake 25-30 minutes; cool on baking sheet. Serve with berries and whipped cream.

sweetened strawberries~
Hull and quarter 6 cups fresh strawberries.  Toss with 1/4 cup sugar. Let stand about 20 minutes before serving.

bowls for ice cream with strawberries

If there are left over strawberries, serve over a scoop of vanilla ice cream the next day, or perhaps spooned over some warm pancakes or waffles in the morning....

Vase for flowers

Whether for yourself or your host, there is no better table topper than a handmade vase filled with flowers from the garden. Enjoy your celebration!

red and blue criss cross glazing for functional ware...

What will you bring to your 4th of July events in a handmade piece of pottery?

1 comment:

  1. beautiful pottery.

    I'm a big fan of strawberry shortcake. That's my go-to picnic treat.


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