I just moved back to New York after three years in Israel, and so it feels appropriate that my first blog hop home be a celebration of America. I loved my time abroad, but it certainly made me appreciate a lot about the US, and my husband and I are happy – and very ready – to be home. I’ve always enjoyed the Fourth of July with its fireworks and festivities. We used to sneak up to the roof of our apartment building to watch the big show, and I’ll always remember the cool whip-frosted cake decked out with blueberries and raspberries to look like an American flag, that my mom made one year to bring to a party at a friend’s house.
For Independence Day, I always think of all-American dishes that are perfect for a summer barbecue or potluck. You can’t go wrong with fried chicken in my book, and this buttermilk fried chicken is amazing right out of the fryer or cold the next day, so it’s great for a picnic while watching fireworks.
Get the recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken HERE >>
If you want a simple side that’s chock full of Americana, then check out this American Rice Salad recipe I found in the 1921 Brewster Book of Recipes (by the Womanâ€™s Association of Brewster Congregational Church and their Friends, Detroit). It’s easy to make and goes with just about everything.
Get the recipe for American Rice Salad HERE >>
For dessert it doesn’t get much more American than Strawberry Shortcake, one of my favorite desserts of all time. Throw in a few blueberries to the mix to make it red, white, and blue!