4th Of July Dinner & Ideas


(This can also be used for Father’s Day)


-Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Corn on the Cob-

Total Time : 1 hr 0 min
Prep : 35 min
Cook : 25 min
Makes : 4 servings

For the pork and corn:

1 tablespoon paprika
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
2 small pork tenderloins (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
4 ears corn, husked

For the sauce:

3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Kosher salt


Make the pork: Combine the paprika, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, the brown sugar, cumin, mustard powder, onion powder and garlic powder in a bowl. Rub the olive oil all over the pork, then coat with the spice rub. Wrap each tenderloin tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 to 6 hours.

Make the sauce: Combine the vinegar, 1/2 cup water, the brown sugar, ketchup, red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves; remove from the heat.

Remove the pork from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before grilling. Preheat a grill to medium high. Cook the pork, turning occasionally, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 140 degrees F to 145 degrees F, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, brush the corn with olive oil; grill, turning, until marked, about 5 minutes. Slice the pork and drizzle with the sauce. Serve with the corn.

Per serving: Calories 442; Fat 11 g (Saturated 3 g); Cholesterol 111 mg; Sodium 1,143 mg; Carbohydrate 44 g; Fiber 7 g; Protein 41 g

Total Time : 2 hr 35 min
Prep : 15 min
Inactive : 2 hr 0 min
Cook  : 20 min
Makes : 4 to 6 servings



4 eggs
1 pound large elbow macaroni
4 ounces ham steak, finely chopped
2 stalks chopped celery, including leaves
1 large shallot, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 (4-ounce) jar chopped pimentos, drained
3 tablespoons sweet pickled relish
Kosher salt and pepper


To make the hard-boiled eggs: Add the eggs to a medium-sized saucepan. Cover with cold water and bring up to a boil over medium heat. Cover with a lid and turn off the heat. Let the eggs sit in the hot water for 14 minutes. Drain and cool under cold running water. Peel the eggs and chop. Reserve.

While the eggs are cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat and add the macaroni. Cook until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.

In a large serving bowl, combine the eggs, ham steak, celery, shallots and lemon juice Add the macaroni and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, pickled relish, and salt and pepper, to taste. Add the dressing to the macaroni and toss to coat. Season with more salt and pepper, if needed. Cover and chill for 2 hours for the flavors to meld.


  Sweet and Tangy Summer Patriot Pie

Patriot Pie Berry Pie for 4th of July Dessert Idea- easy!
2 – 9″ round pie crusts
1 tsp. fresh orange zest
4 c. rhubarb, diced bite size
3 C. fresh strawberries or raspberries
1 1/2 C. sugar
6 tbsp. quick tapioca
1 tbsp. whole milk

  Directions : 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and place one of the two crusts in your pie tin.

2. In a separate bowl, using a spoon, gently toss together the rhubarb, berries, zest, sugar and tapioca. Pour into bottom crust.

3. Place the second crust on a floured surface and, using a star-shaped cookie cutter (you can use all one size or a variety of star sizes), cut out enough star shapes to make a top crust.

4. Decoratively arrange your cut-out stars into a top crust, covering most of the top of the pie but leaving a bit of space for air to escape. When putting one pastry star on top of another, tap them lightly so they’ll adhere together.

5. Brush the top with the milk, and if you wish sprinkle a little more sugar on it so when the crust is done, it will shine like sparklers.

6. Bake in a pre-heated 400-degree oven for 10 minutes, and then turn down the heat to 350 for another 30 to 35 minutes.

An Easier Alternative: If you’re not fond of two-crust pies, use only the bottom crust and make a brown-sugar crumble topping instead.

Color Themed Picnic. Even if you don’t want to go all-out with the planning, you can plan a fun, themed picnic easily. Just assign a color for everyone to wear, whether it be all white, all red, black and white, etc. (including picnic blankets of the assigned color completes the look). The full gazebo in the photo above looks great, but this simple theme is also fun for a more casual picnic.

Beach Picnic. Live close to a great beach? Then plan an afternoon of great food and playing in the water. Bring a volleyball and nets and set up teams for beach volley. Or bring boogie boards and splash in the waves. Or plan a sand-castle building contest, and break your guests up into teams. The beach is an entire playground! So the sky’s the limit when it comes to the picnic games you can play.

Nature Lovers’ Picnic. This is a really fun picnic theme for kids! Have everybody dress is safari themed clothing, and go on a nature tour around your picnic site. Watch birds and animals, capture bugs and butterflies, and catalog plants and flowers. Just make sure everyone has good shoes on, and bring along a pair of binoculars. This picnic game is both fun and educational. You can even set up a “nature scavenger hunt” if you want to!


Victorian Picnic. If you’ve ever read an old Victorian novel, you know that picnics arrived at the height of their popularity during Queen Victoria’s reign. Want to go all out? Plan a Victorian picnic. Ask everyone to dress in Victorian costume, and choose foods like lobster tails, cold poached chicken, etc., for the main meal. Finish up with a few bottles of cold champagne served with a fresh fruit and custard trifle and a game of croquet. Definitely a picnic theme for bigger budgets!

Italian Picnic. Now, it doesn’t matter what you wear to this, or what picnic games you play. It’s all about the food! Check out our Italian picnic page for the perfect Italian picnic menu (coming soon!).

Spanish Picnic. Another picnic theme idea that’s all about the food. Serve up big pitchers of sangria with plates of jamón and cheese, pa amb tomaquet (crusty bread rubbed with tomatoes and olive oil), olives, green salads, and cold tapas. Serve it all with plenty of gazpacho and fresh fruit.

Scavenger Hunt Picnic. A scavenger hunt is a natural choice for a picnic game. Seperate your guests into teams, have them hunt for things they’ll find at your picnic spot, and set aside a prize –say, a pie to take home– to the winning team.

Christmas in July Picnic : Who says you have to wait until December to celebrate Christmas? Have your guests wear red and green and set up a secret Santa exchange between your guests. Also have each person bring a decoration for your summer Christmas tree (which can just be any tree at your picnic site). Don’t forget to bring Christmas cookies and pass around chilled glasses of spiced (and for the adults, spiked) cider!



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