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Fourth of July Menu Ideas

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Fourth of July Menu Ideas | Appetite for Life

The Fourth of July, for me, officially kicks off the summer. It was always a time when we would come together, watch a parade, cook yummy food, and hang out with family and friends.


When I was young, we would have a neighborhood cookout. Everyone would bring their family favorites. For our family, Mom would make a huge pot of Cincinnati Chili, and we would serve it with spaghetti or hot dogs. Dad was always trying to get new people to try Cincinnati Chili, and soon our neighbors looked forward to this regional specialty.


On earlier summer celebrations, my Dad and his friends would throw a clambake, dig a hole in the backyard, and then layered in hot coals and seaweed along with lobsters, clams, chicken, potatoes, and corn. It was an all-day party that carried well into the evening.


If you are planning your Fourth of July celebration, here is a collection of recipes that would make a wonderful menu on their own or complement your family favorites.


Fourth of July Appetizers

Fourth of July Mains or Sides

Fourth of July Desserts


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Hi!  I'm Jen

Cooking is a passion passed down from both of my grandmothers to my mother and then to my sister and me.  

Throughout my career, I was always drawn back to food.  I've learned from experienced chefs, apprenticed with professional bakers, and tasted coffee with international experts.

Today I'm sharing those experiences with you.

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