Category: July 4th & US Patriotic Holidays

Recipes for July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day & Veterans Day

Rosemary Chicken

Rosemary Chicken

I found a small frying chicken on sale so I made Barbecue Rosemary Chicken. This is an easy barbecue recipe with few ingredients and gives a great result. One you spatchcock your chicken you won’t want to go back to cooking it any other way! There's also a how-to video available at: http://oldfatguy.ca/?p=368

Serves: 4

Pepper Cornbread

Pepper Cornbread

If you like smoked or grilled food, chances are you like cornbread. I've made cornbread from mixes, but it usually comes out a little sweet for my liking. I make this version that has no flour in it, just cornmeal for a base. It has a nice coarse texture, but is still tender & makes a great side dish for ribs, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, chili & most Mexican dishes. You can trust me... everyone knows Canadians make the best cornbread!

Serves: 8 to 12

Avocado Crema

Avocado Crema

The question is... what can't you use this on? It's so great as a topping/garnish on all Mexican Dishes like Tacos, Chili, Burritos, Huevos Rancheros & so on. I use it on my Loaded Mexican Hot Dogs along with mustard (see recipe in the Sandwiches category). I also love it on scrambled eggs, it gives them a scrumptious creaminess... I'm sure you'll love it!

Loaded Mexican Hot Dogs

Loaded Mexican Hot Dogs

Get out of the doldrums with the same old boring hot dog & move on to this spicy, tasty version!

Horseradish Steak Sauce

Horseradish Steak Sauce

A chef at a posh country club buffet gave me the ingredients for this terrific steak dipping sauce. Unfortunately, he didn't share the measurements for each ingredient. So, I made it at home & after about 5 tries I nailed it! I usually serve this with steak or prime rib, but you can also use it to add a kick to other food items (see Tip# 1).

Serves: 2 to 3

Corn & Black Bean Salad

Corn & Black Bean Salad

Without a doubt, this is the easiest recipe I've ever created. Bright & colorful, it's especially delicious served with your favorite Mexican dish. I've also served it with steak, chicken & even ribs. For a terrific lunch or light dinner for #MeatlessMonday, serve it on top of a bed of organic baby greens like a kale/spinach blend or whatever baby greens you like.

This travels well, so it's a great dish to bring to a party, picnic or pot luck. Simply double, triple or quadruple the ingredients & you're all set!

Serves: 4 to 6

Refreshing Mango Salsa Salad

Refreshing Mango Salsa Salad

This salsa salad pairs up nicely with both Mexican & some Seafood dishes. It's so healthy, amazingly easy to prepare & if you have more than 2 people to serve... just double, triple or quadruple the recipe & you can serve the whole gang!

Serves: 2

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Horsey Sauce

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Horsey Sauce

Seriously delicious & one of my favorite sandwiches that I actually get cravings for! Try this recipe & you'll see what I mean.

Serves: 2

Horsey Sauce

Horsey Sauce

Everybody that's tasted this has always asked me to give them the recipe, but I've rarely given it out... now I'm sharing it with you! It's really a very simply combo of ingredients, but it really adds that great flavorful punch to burgers & other grilled sandwiches.

Serves: 2

Hot Mulled Apple Cider

Hot Mulled Apple Cider

On a cold day, there's nothing more comforting & delicious than sipping on this hot cider. The warm, soothing spices, citrus & apple are a blend made in heaven! Don't limit yourself to serving this hot, this cider also makes a very refreshing cold drink on a hot summer day.

Yield: 16 - 8 oz servings