Happy Fourth of July!

The 4th of July is the perfect setting for a fun filled day of food, family and friends. If weather permits, I will be picnicking in the park this weekend.  

Please feel free to share a favorite cookbook or recipe below.  I am always looking for new recipes and would love any suggestions you may have.

The best life diet cookbook: more than 175 delicious, convenient, family-friendly recipes  Bob Greene

  • Watermelon with Jicama and Arugula, (p. 67).  

You could easily add a handful of blueberries for a festive red, white and blue theme. 


Gather: memorable menus for entertaining throughout the seasons Georgeanne Brennan

  • Red and Yellow Cherry Tomato Salad, (p. 85).
  • Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Cranberries and Almonds, (p. 167).


You are where you eat: stories and recipes from the neighborhoods of New Orleans 

Elsa Hahne

  • Aunt Mae's Famous Chex Mix, (p. 74).
  • German Potato Salad, (p. 80).

Molto Italiano: 327 simple Italian recipes to cook at home  Mario Batali

  • Marinated Olive Salad (p. 26).
  • Roman-Style Artichokes (p. 413).
  • Asparagus with Citrus, Parsley and Garlic (p. 418).
  • Broccoli Sauteed in Wine and Garlic (p. 423).
  • Clementines with Balsamic Vinegar and Pepper (p. 491).

'wichcraft: craft a sandwich into a meal--and a meal into a sandwich 

Tom Colicchio                                                   

  • Sicilian Tuna with Fennel, Black Olives, and Lemon (p. 71).
  • Chicken Salad with Walnuts, Roasted Tomatoes, pickled Red Onions and Frisée (p. 81).

Giada at home: family recipes from Italy and California Giada De Laurentiis

  • Citrus Salad (p. 211). 

Beautiful breads and fabulous fillings: the best sandwiches in America Margaux Sky

  •  Mixed Berry Salad (p. 170).
  • Two-ton Bittersweet Chocolate Fudge Cake (p. 243).
  • The Best Carrot Cake (p.244).

Photograph provided by Camera Slayer's photostream  on Flickr.