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Fab Food Friday Fotos: Happy Birthday, America! Awesome Food & Beverage Recipes for Your Fourth of July Celebration

Posted By on July 3, 2015

“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth all the means. This is our day of deliverance.”

~ Pres. John Adams

FOOD. GLORIOUS FOURTH OF JULY FOOD.

Is a passel of folks coming over to your abode to celebrate America’s Independence Day, or are you bringing a dish to a 4th of July poolside potluck party or family cookout at the park? Are you stymied about what foods or drinks to make for Fourth of July that will be festive and tasty, but won’t bruise your food budget?

This week’s collection of fab holiday food photos and recipes to the rescue!

When they’re available, recipes and recipe links will accompany select “Fab Food Friday Fotos,” with a guarantee that at least one frugal-minded recipe will always be included.

 

4th of July Cupcakes | Photo credit: Ginny, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

4th of July Cupcakes | Photo credit: Ginny, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Need to provide dessert for a hungry Fourth of July crowd? Consider these patriotic cupcakes — photographer/cook Ginny provided the recipe link and a few prep tips below:

I divided the batter into three bowls & dyed them red, white, & blue.

I used the Amy Sedaris cupcake recipe – it never fails. It’s really sweet & delicious, which is why you don’t have to use much icing at all!

 

Oh, my, this Smoked Tequila Lime Beer Can Chicken looks amazing! The recipe is available at World Market’s Discover blog, with this summary from contributor Katie Jusiewicz:

If the man of the house wants to spend the entire summer at the grill—arm him with tongs, a grill basting brush, a 6-pack, and everything else he’ll need for this zesty recipe.

 

Taco Hot Dogs (gluten-free) | Photo credit: Mila Statham, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Taco Hot Dogs (gluten-free) | Photo credit: Mila Statham, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The recipe for these summertime, gluten-free taco hot dogs is posted at Delicious & Gluten Free — food blogger, gluten-free home cook, and photographer Mila Statham also wrote this:

I originally saw this idea on Taste & Tell and loved the idea. Hot dogs and tacos in one sounded awesome…

You can buy gluten free corn tortillas from Amazon, or you can just trim down some gluten free wraps. For the hot dogs, any large gluten free sausages will do, but M&S do amazing Posh Dogs. For extra flavour, use the chilli cheese ones.

 

Check out the recipe for this Ranch Potato Salad, which has a cucumber twist, posted at Views from the ‘Ville.

 

4th of July Cake | Photo credit: Rochelle Hartman, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

4th of July Cake | Photo credit: Rochelle Hartman, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

No recipe was provided for making this simple patriotic cake, but it should be easy to “MacGuyver” it using the photo as a guide.

 

One Pot Chili | Photo credit: Jo in the Kitchen, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

One Pot Chili | Photo credit: Jo in the Kitchen, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Perfect for Fourth of July noshing, the recipe for this hearty, easy chili is posted at the terrific food blog Jo in the Kitchen, with this hilarious intro:

My sister texted me to ask if I had a chili recipe that was any good.

My first thought was, “Are you kidding me? I must make chili once a week! It’s awesome!”

But I told her to go to my blog and find the recipe. And then I sent her a link to it, because I’m an overbearing sister and I didn’t want her to possibly miss the link that says “Chili” and then feel like I lied to her or was being a brat. Fortunately, my sisters are very patient with me.

Then I thought, “I wonder if my recipe has changed any since I wrote it all down? I mean, I wrote it in 2010, but it couldn’t be too different?”

O. M. G.

It was appalling. I was mortified. I wanted to text her back and say in all caps DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK!

The pictures were tiny. They were all weirdly yellow. The amounts of ingredients are completely different from what I use now. I used THREE different pots. And I found more than one typo.

Seriously, was I drunk?

Definitely not, but that’s what it seemed like.

So please, accept this new post with my sincerest apologies. And if you ever tried to make chili from my recipe, I don’t even know what to say…

 

Minty Watermelon Drink | Photo credit: Tella Chan, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Minty Watermelon Drink | Photo credit: Tella Chan, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Photographer/drink maker Tella Chan shared the ingredients for this refreshing, summery cocktail — no measurements were provided, so just taste it as you go along:

Fresh watermelon juice, lemon juice, chardonnay, sparkling water, sugar, peppermint.

 

This BLT pasta salad will be a hit at any gathering, not just Fourth of July — the recipe is posted at Well Plated.

 

A childhood favorite treat with a blast of patriotic colors — Jennifer’s recipe for these Patriotic Rice Treat Pops is posted at her blog, Jenn’s RAQ (real and quirky).

 

Vintage 1950's Cookbook Page, The "Holiday Cookbook,: 4th of July Recipes, Page 37 | Photo credit: Kim B, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vintage 1950’s Cookbook Page, The “Holiday Cookbook,: 4th of July Recipes, Page 37 | Photo credit: Kim B, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Recipes printed on this 4th of July page from the vintage 1950’s cookbook “The Holiday Cookbook” include Chicken in a Basket, Maryland-Fried Chicken, and Fried Young Turkey.

 

Pictured in the tweet above is a quick and easy kabob-like Fourth of July treat: Raspberry, Blueberry, and Marshmallow Flag. The recipe is posted at Camila Alves’ People magazine’s Great Ideas blog. Another Fourth of July dessert recipe on the same post is for making adorable Marshmallow Bald Eagles treats. Kids will go wild over them — they’re just tooo cute and unique. Pop on over and check the recipes out.

 

Holiday Appetizer: Sweet & Spicy Nuts | Photo credit: McCormack, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Holiday Appetizer: Sweet & Spicy Nuts | Photo credit: McCormack, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Make your own sweet and spicy nuts appetizer — the easy recipe is below and on the McCormick spices website:

Your guests will enjoy munching on this sweet nut mixture, spiced with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and pepper. Include it at football parties, holiday celebrations and backyard gatherings.

INGREDIENTS
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 2 teaspoons McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground
* 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Allspice, Ground
* 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
* 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Ground
* 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Nutmeg, Ground
* 1 egg white
* 3 cups mixed nuts, such as almonds, cashews, peanuts and pecans

Preheat oven to 250°F. Mix sugar, cinnamon, allspice, seasoned salt, pepper and nutmeg in small bowl until well blended. Beat egg white in large bowl until foamy. Add nuts; toss to coat well. Add spice mixture; toss to coat nuts evenly.

Spread nuts in a single layer on lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake 1 hour, stirring once. Cool slightly and break apart. Cool completely. Store in airtight container up to 2 weeks.

 

DailyMotion video summary:

Looking for something with a sweet and spicy kick? Look no further than the Texas Hold ’em Burger with Summer Coleslaw, an original concoction from Chef Ben Isaacson of Perrysburgers in Perrysburg, Ohio.

 

Patriotic Pop Rocks Mousse | Photo credit: Jasmin Fine, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Patriotic Pop Rocks Mousse | Photo credit: Jasmin Fine, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Photographer/cook and webmistress Jasmin Fine’s recipe for her Patriotic Pop Rocks Mousse is available at her food blog, 1 Fine Cookie. Intro:

Yes. I combined something delicate and French with a very gaudy and tacky (nostalgic and classic too, of course) US American candy. I created an oxymoron.

[…]

Since Pop Rocks are the most overused ingredient for Independence Day recipes, and I also wanted to top my recipe from last year, it wouldn’t be 4th of July without giving it another go.

Pop Rocks = Fireworks.

That and if another person pours Pop Rocks onto frosting and calls it Fireworks Cupcakes, I might have to high-five them in the face.

My high fives are very forceful.

It doesn’t count if the “pop” only lasts two minutes. So just as I did last year, this year I chose a recipe that helps the pop in the Pop Rocks last longer.

Yes it is, betch.

Unfortunately, 99.999999999999999999999999 % of foods do not work well with Pop Rocks. Moisture and heat are the kryptonite these popping little devils. They need to stay covered and stay away from anything with water content. I resorted to a mousse that uses chocolate and egg whites. Very little water content.

Although the Pop Rocks do not last for days, they do last for several hours (as opposed to measly minutes). That way you don’t have to worry about pouring them on top of a bunch of frosted cupcakes in the middle of entertaining and shoving them in everyone’s face. Or forget because you’re too busy getting drunk and shoving hot dogs up your friend’s nose on a bet.

 

Black Bean Salad (gluten-free) | Photo credit: vjmarisphotos, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Black Bean Salad (gluten-free) | Photo credit: vjmarisphotos, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Encore: The recipe for this colorful, healthy, gluten-free black bean salad, posted here previously in 2013, is available at Heartsong Fit. Intro from webmistress Vickie Maris:

My mom, my sister, my niece, and several of our friends all eat gluten free, so Scott and I have been learning to prepare a larger variety of dishes that fit in a gluten-free diet. This recipe for Black Bean Salad, from my friend Becca Perry-Hill, is a quick one to make and can be enhanced with fresh veggies from your garden. We have found that this dish is even a bit tastier on the second day after it has been in the refrigerator overnight.

 

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The recipe for this margarita is available at Bustle, with this amusing introductory overview:

Fourth of July soirees and illegal fireworks are about to start popping off any minute now, and people will surely want to partake in some boozy libations in honor of our nation’s independence (and not having to work the next day). While margarita recipes might not be the most American thing on the menu — they originated in Mexico — they are the yummiest way to exercise your right to party, and that’s sort of what this holiday is all about (plus, a few little things like freedom and democracy). So as a person who typically goes full dunce in the face of ingredients and a recipe, I enlisted the help of my bestie, Stephanie, who is Wonder Woman in the kitchen, to help me pull off my Independence Day miracle: learning how to make the perfect margarita.

The thing is, margaritas are like snowflakes — no two of them are exactly alike, and they are all perfect in their own way. Have you ever had a margarita? Once you get two sips in, you’re willing to forgive any imperfections on behalf of the drink and its maker, because DAMN, IT IS NICE TO BE SIPPING ON SUCH A REFRESHING ALCOHOLIC DRINK. That takes the pressure off! Margaritas will be perfect with or without you, so all you have to do is follow these six simple steps.

 

Fourth of July Berry Macarons | Photo credit: chotda, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Fourth of July Berry Macarons | Photo credit: chotda, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Photographer/cook chotda shared the recipe link below for these delicious Fourth of July berry macarons:

Hazelnut macarons with an Italian buttercream filling flavoured with vanilla bean, topped with fresh raspberries and blueberries. from a recipe on Clement’s blog, a la cuisine.

 

The recipe for this glorious chicken salad, comprised of diced chicken breasts, new potatoes, cucumber, garbanzo beans, avocados, mangoes, artichoke halves, and other tasty ingredients, is posted here at Ellen Elizabeth Studio, with this storage tip:

If you intend on keeping for a few days – store the avocados and mangoes in separate dishes – give them a quick toss of lemon or lime juice to preserve their color!

Happy Fourth!

 

Easy Patriotic Dessert of Strawberries, Blueberries, & Whipped Cream | Photo credit: Stephen Ritchie, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Easy Patriotic Dessert of Strawberries, Blueberries, & Whipped Cream | Photo credit: Stephen Ritchie, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

The recipe link included in the above tweet for Chipotle-Lime Crusted Chicken Tenders is incorrect. Use this Hellman’s link instead to get to the recipe.

 

Vintage Ad, Lipton Tea for Summer, Girl & Guy at Beach, Seventeen Magazine, June 1972 | Photo credit: Vicki McClure Davidson, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vintage Ad, Lipton Tea for Summer, Girl & Guy at Beach, Seventeen Magazine, June 1972 | Photo credit: Vicki McClure Davidson, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Food photos selected and posted are credited and have Creative Commons-licensed content with some rights reserved for noncommercial purposes, unless otherwise noted.

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Past two months of Fab Food Friday Fotos posts:

Moroccan Braised Lamb Shanks, Homemade Mayo, Tiramisù, GF Sticky Coconut Pork Belly, Lentil Broccoli Salad, Watermelon Daiquiri, Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies with Cherries, Easy Red Curry Chicken, Julia Child’s Vichyssoise, More Frugal Recipes

Chicken Curry, Father’s Day Sundae, Pasta with Spicy Tuna Sauce, Taco Meatballs with Stuffed Cheddar, Iced Bulletproof Coffee, Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars, Ahi Poke, Southern Banana Pudding, Cheesy Spinach Baked Penne, More Recipes

Pan-Fried Pork Chops, Piña Colada Smoothies, Chopped Kale Greek Salad, No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream, Huevos Rancheros, Fruit Ice Lollies, Chicken Pot Pie Casserole, NY-Style Strawberry Cheesecake, Lemony Chicken Liver Scone Pie, Triple Chocolate Cookies, More Low-Cost Recipes

White Wine Roast Chicken, Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, Pork & Hominy Pozole with Avocado, Sweet Grilled Peaches, Banoffee Pie, Hokkaido Milk Bread, Cauliflower Leek & Fennel Soup, Malted Chocolate Cake, One-Pot Enchilada Pasta Dinner, More Thrifty Recipes

Memorial Day Recipes, Such as Lemon & Lime Cream Parfaits with Blackberries, Thai Chicken Tacos, Easy Sangria, Classic Smashed Cheeseburgers, Grilled Peaches, 5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake, Crispy Potato Latkes, Pizza Margherita, & More

Salted S’Mores Popcorn, Summer Salads & Desserts, Slow-Cooker Cuban Picadillo, Vegan Peanut Butter Energy Bars, Fettuccine with Kale, Aztec Chicken Soup, Sesame-Crusted Tuna Tacos, Pork Loin with Onion Jam, & More Frugal Recipes

Memorial Day Recipes, Such as Lemon & Lime Cream Parfaits with Blackberries, Thai Chicken Tacos, Easy Sangria, Classic Smashed Cheeseburgers, Grilled Peaches, 5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake, Crispy Potato Latkes, Pizza Margherita, & More

Brown Sugar Meringues, Mushroom Swiss Burgers, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sausage Pizza Topped with Crispy Kale, Roasted Cauliflower, Cajun Bouillabaisse, Baby Corn Masala, Potato-Zucchini Salad, Ravioli, More Thrifty Recipes

Delish Mother’s Day Dishes… Chocolate Raspberry Cake, Italian Stuffed Crepes, Braised Soy Sauce Chicken Wings, Magic 7-Layer Cookie Bars, BBQ Ribs, GF Trail Mix, Mint Chocolate Macarons, Tea Sandwiches, Salads, Red Quinoa Bolognese, Cajun Cabbage, & More Recipes

POTUS Power Overreach Blocked… for Now: Obama’s & EPA’s Costly, Stringent Regulations for US Power Plants Are Overturned by Supreme Court

Posted By on June 29, 2015

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This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against Pres. Barack Obama and his EPA team’s efforts to put into place more stringent, costly regulations to further control the nation’s power plants.

Liberals and environmentalists are not happy. The White House is not happy. The Obama administration’s agenda to bankrupt the American coal industry has been slowed down. For now.

About the Supreme Court’s ruling against Obama and his power-grabbing EPA’s punishing regulations, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote: “It is not rational, never mind ‘appropriate,’ to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits. Statutory context supports this reading.”

Amen to that.

Reported by Washington Post, Supreme Court: EPA erred in rule on toxic emissions from power plants:

The Supreme Court on Monday said the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency erred by not considering costs when it issued landmark 2011 regulations controlling emissions of mercury and other toxins from power-company smokestacks.

The court’s 5-to-4 decision halts further implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards rule, which required hundreds of coal-burning plants to install equipment to control mercury, a substance linked in multiple studies to respiratory illnesses as well as birth defects and developmental problems in children.

But the decision’s immediate impact could be muted, as many of the country’s electricity utilities had already taken steps to comply with the rules ahead of a deadline next year. EPA officials said the agency was reviewing its options while also noting that the justices focused on a cost-accounting procedure, and not on the agency’s ability to regulate toxic smokestack emissions through the Clean Air Act.

From Vox:

Back in 2012, the EPA finalized a new regulation under the Clean Air Act to limit mercury emissions and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The rule was potentially a huge deal from a public health perspective, expected to save tens of thousands of lives each year. But a closer peek reveals why the rule garnered so much controversy.

When it put out the rule, the EPA tallied up the costs and benefits. On the one hand, it estimated that electric utilities would have to pay about $9.6 billion per year, all told, to install scrubbers and other technologies to reduce toxics like mercury. That would make this one of the costliest regulations of the Obama era. Many older coal plants, already facing competition from cheaper natural gas, would be pushed into retirement.

From New York Times, Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Limits on Power Plants:

The Supreme Court on Monday blocked one of the Obama administration’s most ambitious environmental initiatives, an Environmental Protection Agency regulation meant to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants.

Industry groups and some 20 states had challenged the E.P.A.’s decision to regulate the emissions, saying the agency had failed to take into account the punishing costs its rule would impose.

The Clean Air Act required the regulation to be “appropriate and necessary.” The challengers said the agency had run afoul of that law by deciding to regulate the emissions without first undertaking a cost-benefit analysis.

Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote: “It is not rational, never mind ‘appropriate,’ to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits. Statutory context supports this reading.”

The E.P.A. had argued that it was not required to take costs into account when it made the initial determination to regulate. But the agency added that it had done so later in setting emissions standards and that, in any event, the benefits far outweighed the costs.

The chart below shows a breakdown on the percentage of presidential wins with the Supreme Court — Obama is not faring well at all, despite his victory last week with the same-sex marriage ruling. Today’s Supreme Court ruling against Obama’s EPA regulations is included in the chart.

Out of 12 presidents, Barry O is dead last. Pres. Ronald Reagan still retains the highest SCOTUS win percentage:

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