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Red, White and BLUE Food

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When I was growing up my sous-chef dish-washing mom told me repeatedly that “blue” isn’t for food.  Luscious red strawberries are fine, white angel food cake is beautiful, blue frosting on a child’s birthday cake – utter nonsense!

That was long before Superman and his blue cape showed up on little boy’s cakes.

Superman cake Or how about Thomas the Tank …

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Fresh BlueberriesBlue is notoriously scarce in the palette of natural foods. And among foods that are called blue, few of them have a purely blue pigment, maybe with the exception of our beautiful blueberries straight from the garden.

blue macarons
I haven’t managed to create macaroons yet, but you can see by this picture they even come in blue!

Today I thought it would be fun to show you some of the fabulous red, white, and blue foods we all just might be preparing for the July 4th celebrations to be held in America this weekend!

strawberry cupcakes 3With strawberries in season you really should make a fresh strawberry cake. There is really nothing like it.

strawberry cake singleThese two recipes are similar and are made-from-scratch but quick and easy!

strawberry trifleThis strawberry trifle is another easy dessert that can be no-bake if you buy the cake already made.  Toss in a few blueberries and you have your red-white-and blue!

strawberry pretzel 2Strawberry Pretzel Salad is one of my all-time favorites.  It can actually be served as salad or dessert.  I serve as a salad so I can have my dessert too!

blackberry dump singleIf you live in the South like I do, blackberry dumplings or blackberry cobbler will most likely be a part of every get-together and celebration.

TWD Yogurt TartFrom my Tuesdays With Dorie: Baking With Julie archives comes this Baked Yogurt Tart featuring fresh blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries.

fruit pizza half red blueI’ll finish up with my favorite Red, White and Blue Fruit Pizza.   If you have been tasked with bringing dessert to this year’s Fourth of July celebration this fruit pizza is a hit with everybody. It is easy to make, slices nicely, and extremely fun and deliciously fresh to eat!

From my Fourth of July archives you will find a few more recipes here.

God Bless America!
~Catherine

Psalm 33:12

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

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