Thursday, July 1, 2010

Festive Recipes For Your Fourth of July Cook-Out, Or Cook-In

watermelon striped mat

I'm on my way to the market to buy some watermelon and other goodies for our Fourth of July cook-in. Yup. Cook-in.

Sure, I could do a cook-out. We have two grills in our condo unit. But I and 218 other people will be vying for them all weekend. So I'm skipping the cook-out and doing a cook-in.

We'll still have the usual Fourth of July suspects -- sweet corn, potato salad, watermelon -- just no hot dogs and hamburgers. A grill pan, no matter how good, is no substitute for the real thing.

I'm also making homemade limoncello with my dad, which should make us feel better about not having char-grilled hamburgers. Limoncello always makes us feel better.

Whether you celebrate this Fourth of July indoors or outdoors, here are some recipes that will no doubt make you feel better. So will watching the fireworks lighting up the nighttime sky. Happy Fourth of July!

chili lime fruit salad 4

Chili-Lime Fruit Salad

chipotle bbq bean and corn salad

Chipotle Barbecue Bean and Corn Salad

Mexican grilled corn

Elote, or Mexican Grilled Corn

patriotic potato salad 1

Patriotic Potato Salad

a Southwest hamburger

The Southwest Hamburger

grilled steak tacos with watermelon-mango-jicama salsa

Grilled Steak Tacos with Watermelon-Mango-Jicama Salsa 

strawberry pie slice

Summertime Strawberry Pie

triple berry rhubarb crumble

Triple Berry Rhubarb Crisp

Wait! There's more! 
For more inventive potato salad recipes, check out this blog post about my featured piece, "Light Potato Salad" in the June 2010 issue of "Cooking Light." It includes recipes for three different potato salads:

Farmers' Market Potato Salad: This salad was selected as one the "Greatest Hits: 2010" by Cooking Light staff.

Lemon-Arugula Potato Salad

Lemongrass and Ginger Potato Salad