15 Patriotic Party Foods for July Fourth
America's birthday, Independence Day, July Fourth -- whatever you call it, this is a day for outdoor fun, fireworks, and low-key cookouts based on recipes that are cheap and easy to prepare. With the summer harvest just coming in, ripe and ready fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, and raspberries and vegetables such as corn, peppers, and tomatoes sell for budget prices at the farmers market and deserve starring roles in Fourth of July meals. Build them into a patriotic theme with an occasional boost from food coloring or red and blue sprinkles. And if you’re hosting, these quick, easy side dishes for summer parties might come in handy, too.