Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fourth of July

I know this post is super late, but better late than never, right?

Fourth of July is by far my favorite second-tier holiday. I love fireworks, picnics, America and seeing family, but put that all together and it's a pretty magical day. This year, I made dinner and invited the grandparents over. I was excited to try out some new recipes, and I think everything turned out pretty well.

The Menu:
Barbecued Chicken

Roasted Red Potatoes
Roasted Green Beans (thanks Aunt Charlotte!)
Boston Baked Beans

Flag Cake

not really a cake, but I don't know what else to call it. Pretty easy, just store-bought sugar cookie dough, cream cheese frosting, and fresh berries. Too bad no one wanted to eat the blueberry part.

Chocolate Honey Almond Tart (from Giada At Home)

I was really excited about the Chocolate Tart and using my new springform pan for the first time. It was really rich and creamy, but the graham cracker crust was super crumbly. Next time, I think I'll try more butter and see if that helps it stick together better.

I'm already thinking about next year and what I'll make!


Charlotte said...

Looks fabulous! Sorry we missed it. And remember, you can always call the green beans "Pan Roasted Haricots Verts" to make it sound more impressive (ha! ha!).

Aaron and Whitney Johnson said...

oh my goodness, i want to spend july 4th with you next year FOR SURE!!! i've always wanted to try Giada's stuff but sometimes it just looks too good to be true. anyways, your stuff looks should start a catering business or something!!

Laura said...

Yum, looks delicious! Dessert is my favorite part of the meal to cook. So many fun things to do with springforms, tart pans, bundts . . .