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What’s Cooking? Make Fourth of July Sizzle with Amazing Summer Fare

It is crunch time people! Time to start rolling out those last-minute ideas for Fourth of July parties and family get-togethers and most importantly — the menu. Typically, the red, white and blue holiday is associated with old-fashioned fare and barbeque, but who said traditional was the only way?

Whether you’re firing up the grill or cooking indoors this year, any foodie can create a memorable experience with delectable fare for your family and friends with minimal time and effort. Wise in the ways of cooking and pleasing guests, here are a few tips to help your Fourth of July get-together sizzle.

Grilling is a great option when cooking for a large or even small group of people. While the go-to backyard summer party foods are, of course, hamburgers and hotdogs (or sausages), that doesn’t mean they’re the only option. For the vegetarian, offer the option to have a veggie or black bean burger.

And of course—what’s a meal without the option of a side?

From the healthy options of fruit and vegetables, to the pasta salads, cold salads and mini anything, there is never a shortage of ideas to make your Fourth of July get-together unique.

For the veggie-lovers, try roasting or sautéing your favorite seasonal vegetables for a light side dish option. Say no to traditional fruit salad and instead opt to take the fruit to the grill. And how about making your own potato chips with sweet or regular potatoes? It takes minimal time and is a healthy alternative to the store-bought kind. Finally, whip together your favorite pasta dish or pasta salad to round out your side options.

Don’t know what recipe to choose? This macaroni n’ cheese recipe from The Range Steakhouse at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort is delicious and easy to re-create at home.

Recipe for Macaroni n’ Cheese

Place Velveeta cheese in a sauté pan and begin to melt down over medium heat. Once cheese is half melted, add cream and whisk together. Once fully incorporated, add cooked pasta to mix, season with salt and pepper and heat through. Once heated, add parmesan cheese and parsley. Remove from sauté pan and pour into cast iron skillet. Combine panko bread crumbs, chives and salt and pepper and add to the top of the finished mac & cheese. Place under broiler until golden brown.


  • 3oz. Velveeta CheeseFourth of July mac n cheese
  • 1oz. Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 TBL Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp. Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp. Chopped Chive
  • 1.5oz. Heavy Cream
  • 6oz. Cooked Pasta
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp. Chopped Parsley

Now that you have your holiday menu planned, there’s nothing left to do but to go out, enjoy the red, white and blue festivities and make yours the party to be envied!

Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring – A Fourth of July Infographic

Apple pie, baseball and the Fourth of July: It’s hard for one to think of three more stereotypically American things. Have a Bruce Springsteen album playing in the background and you’d have an Americana overload. Come to think of it, if you ever see someone eating apple pie at a baseball game on the Fourth of July listening to Springsteen they’re probably a poorly disguised spy.

The truth is America is constantly changing: We’re a diverse country with large amounts of different nationalities, races and religions that grow larger every decade. Regardless of your lineage or creed, every Fourth of July we celebrate the history of when we achieved our independence as a country, and we do this by grilling various meats, lounging in the sun with friends of family, rounded off with a night of fireworks.

At Quicken Loans, we’re proud to honor our nation’s history. We’re also proud to honor our veterans both past and present that have allowed us to celebrate the Fourth of July every year. So, as we get closer and closer to the most patriotic of holidays, take a moment to read our Fourth of July infographic.

Let Freedom Ring

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Infographic Credits, courtesy of Quicken Loans:

Source: QuickenLoans.com



Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row: Jon Pardi And A Boy Named Sioux To Perform For Grand Opening, July 4

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row will celebrate its official grand opening this Fourth of July with live performances from Jon Pardi and A Boy Named Sioux.

Jon Pardi is a country singer signed by Capitol Records Nashville who peaked in the Billboard Country Airplay Charts top 40 in 2012 with his widely popular single, “Missin’ You Crazy.” He has also shared the stage with the likes of Eric Church and Luke Bryan.

Arizona natives A Boy Named Sioux will join the rising county star.

The group, which consists of R.E. Toney, Greg Ahmann, Austin Goff and Steve Danielak, has won numerous awards, including “Country Group of the Year” in the Phoenix/L.A. Music Awards. They, like Pardi, have graced the stage with country royalty, including Lee Brice and Keith Urban.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Old Town Scottsdale.

Morgan Page

Morgan Page Fourth Of July At W Scottsdale [PHOTOS]

Two-time Grammy nominee and five-time International Dance Music award nominee, Morgan Page, transformed the W Scottsdale’s WET Deck into an EDM nightclub and dance party.

As W Scottsdale guests celebrated the afternoon and evening away (from noon to 9:30 p.m.), the Fourth of July event ended the night with a spectacular fireworks show from the rooftop.

And Scottsdale Living was there to capture it all.

Photos from W Scottsdale’s Morgan Page Fourth of July:

Click on the image for more!

Morgan Page

Photos by Glory Shim

For more information about W Scottsdale or Morgan Page, visit wscottsdalehotel.com or morgan-page.com, respectively.

About Google’s Logo Doodler Dennis Hwang

Top Google Logos 2001

About Google’s Logo Doodler Dennis Hwang.

Google doodles, the drawings that are designed on, around and through the Google logo on the Google home page, have long been part of Google’s history. As a Google intern in 2000, Google Webmaster Dennis Hwang began celebrating and marking worldwide events and holidays with doodles. Since then, the work of the doodle team has been seen by millions and reached cult status, with fans waiting with bated breath to see the next creation on the Google homepage.

Google: doodle4google doodler

My Top five Doodles from 2001:

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year - Google Doodles

January 24th 2001

History.com: The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it’s been called since the 20th century

St.Patrick’s Day

St.Patrick's Day - Google Doodles

March 17th 2001

Wilstar.com: St.Patrick’s Day

Independence Day

GUnited States Fourth of July Independence Day

July 4th 2001

History.com: Independence Day, commonly known as July 4th or the Fourth of July

Claude Monet’s Birthday

Claude Monet's Birthday from Google Doodles

November 14th 2001

Wikipedia: Claude Monet

Holiday Series 2001 (4th of 4)

Holiday Series 2001 Google Doodle

December 25th 2001

Holiday of Lights: Holiday Traditions Around the World

Doodle 4 Google: Time lapse video of Google Doodle creation

A time lapse video that shows Chief Google Doodler Dennis Hwang draw a Google Doodle from start to finish. He creates a doodle that commemorates the Lunar New Year and invites students to join the Doodle 4 Google art competition.

by Google



Check back Next week for the 2002 Google Doodle’s