What’s Cooking for the Fourth?

By Sandy Hu
The latest from Inside Special Fork

We’re not having a big cookout for the Fourth of July this year because there’s too much going on in our life right now. It will just be our family – Steve and me, Dave, Lynn and baby Tara, who, at five weeks old, makes up in entertainment what we lack in party size.

Still, I wouldn’t dream of letting the day go by without grilling some ribs and corn, cutting wedges of ice-cold watermelon and making a few sides. I’ve been going through our more than 500 previous Special Fork blog posts, looking for menu ideas, and I pulled these to consider for Thursday – you might like to try them, too.

Easy dips and appetizers:



  • Decadent Chocolate Nut Bars developed by Ben are a cross between pecan pie and shortbread cookies. Keep these lovely cookies in the shade or chocolate will melt.
  • Lori’s sophisticated Rich Chocolate Cherry Chip Brownies are studded with dried tart cherries that have been soaked in a sour cherry cordial liqueur.
  • And if you’re in a real time crunch, Last-minute Fourth of July Desserts (pictured above) just require assembly of commercially prepared desserts or instant mixes – you add the decorative red, white and blue touches.

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Special Fork!

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Posted: Jun 30th by Sandy_Hu