Sunday, June 29, 2014

Special Edition 4th of July Ideas

 Well it is almost here. The biggest holiday of the summer, unless you celebrate Christmas in July, the 4th of July is the biggest holiday of the summer. This year is even bigger because well the 4th is on a weekend making possible some very long and wicked parties. Well at least in my younger years it would be long wicked parties. Now it means lots of yard work will get done and we will attend if not give a barbecue at some point during the holiday weekend. I know it sounds like loads of fun.
  Are you going to a barbecue or giving one? Is the ocean or a lake just calling your name? Maybe it is your annual family gathering? What ever your weekend plans are if your looking for recipe ideas you have come to the right place. Not only am I going to share my blue ribbon winning salad with you I am going to include a link or two of other ideas for food and crafts that are meant to make your weekend as festive as it can be.

  While my salad is not red white and blue it is colorful and full of flavor. 3 ingredients and a few spices and about 30 minutes is all you need.

   Couscous Salad
1 cup couscous
1 cup liquid ( water, chicken, beef,or vegetable broth)
1 tablespoon ( about 10 medium leaves) sweet basil
1 teaspoon ( about 6 small leaves) fresh mint
1 tablespoon ( about 10 leaves) spicy basil 
3 tablespoon light vegetable oil
2 green onions ruff chopped
1 large tomato chopped
 Cook couscous as directed using broth or water
 After cooking add mint and basil and vegetable oil mix well and chill for 30 minutes or more.
Add tomato and green onion and serve.

 This is a nice light salad packed full of flavor and just a little different then your garden verity pasta salad. Now as promised here are a few links to other ideas and recipes that will make you the 4th of July picnic Guru.
Dessert for the holiday
Red white & blue sweet
Corn on the Cob a sweet tradition
Pocket radishes
grilled beets
Lentil soup
  4th of July Snacks
 for more 4th of July Round Up fun! Follow along on social accounts with the hash tag #Foodelicious"
  Have a wonderful holiday! Happy Independence Day. Thank you for stopping by.


  1. This couscous salad looks delicious. I have a patch of mint in my yard and I'm always looking for recipes using mint. I'll be sure to try this very soon.

    1. I have mint growing everywhere and never enough uses for them. I really did win a blue ribbon for this recipe. It is light and and tasty. The mint is very gentle. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. This looks so refreshing! Perfect for a summer picnic. Can't wait to try it!

    1. I have taken it to a few picnics, it travels well and can take the heat. I hope you enjoy it.

  3. Yum! We often have salad suppers in the summer and this looks like it would fit right in. :)

    1. We really enjoy this it says summer with the light mint flavor. I hope you give it a try.