Fourth-of-July-themed-food: a creative moment for "the rest of us"

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I can't believe summer is halfway over, but I am so excited that it's only two short days before the 4th of July.  When I was a kid, this was the holiday where I decorated my bike in streamers and rode in the neighbor parade, as an adult, I seem to limited to decorating food.  For whatever reason, this week seems to be packed, so I won't get to fully express myself.  Luckily, there are plenty of easy ways to make July-4th-themed desserts and entrees.

A few years ago, I made this fruit flag to take to a party.  Please ignore the awkwardly intense instagram photo back from the days I was heavily experimenting with all the different instagram lightings and shades.

I was planning to do a huge fruit flag this year as well,  and had already acquired all the fruit, but, alas, my extended family in Texas does not know about my creative capabilities. (Okay, maybe I'm not that creative.) We have been assigned us the task of bringing Diet Coke, which is the least creative assignment ever.  Oh well, their loss!

Shortly after I got the soda-assignment notification, though, one of my co-workers e-mailed suggesting that we get together and bake something for the court.  Fruit does not make sense for a food item that you're planning to leave in the break-room all day.  Since we don't have lots of time to plan, we decided to organized cupcakes with red, white, and blue frost in an American flag shape.  Or, if we can find lots of tiny flags to stick in the cupcakes, we can skip the American flag formation.  So, it appears I'll get some kind of creative outlet.  We're planning to bake the cupcakes tomorrow.  I'll try to remember to take a picture.

What I love about this holiday is how easy it is to do themed food without much planning, work, skill, or general cooking insight.  This is not to say that the super creative folks out there don't go above and beyond on this holiday, but there is definitely room for all of us.

If you're looking for some inspiration, here are some healthy red, white, and blue recipes from PopSugar.

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