Through My Kitchen Window – Celebrate the 4th

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Next week is the 4th of July. Are you ready? Is your fridge bursting at the hinges with red, white, and blue picnic fare? Are your lawn chairs set out along Main Street, reserving your spot for the parade?

Tomorrow we celebrate the signing of our Declaration of Independence. We celebrate freedom, the morals and ideals held by our ancestors, and the sacrifices made by many to protect those rights.

We celebrate with picnics, fireworks, blockbuster movies, neighborhood parties, camping, barbecues, swimming, and parades. We hang the American flag on our porch railings, and let our kids 'play with explosives'.

Here are a few loved traditions and recipes from the Tri County area:

Our church always has their service at Woodcrest Retreat with a fellowship meal to follow. For the last few years I've been taking Dirt Pudding in a sand pail with a shovel as a scoop.

- Kristy For me, a Fourth of July without BBQ chicken is like a Fourth of July without fireworks. Growing up in Shenandoah County, Virginia, my dad belonged to the VFW and their Fourth of July BBQ chicken cookouts were the best!

- Justin We like to go to Raystown Lake. We load up on junk food and ride my father-in-law's boat many miles to get to a point where they shoot off fireworks over the lake.

- Stacy We like to use www.IndependenceDayFun.com to get new 4th of July ideas. It has history, recipes, crafts, games, and party ideas.

- Joel I always make my favorite potato salad and baked bean recipes for our family picnic.

- Deb Grandma Millers Potato Salad

12 cups potatoes 1\2 medium onion

8 hard-boiled eggs 1 cup celery

Dressing: 2 cups mayo 2 Tbs mustard

1/3 cup vinegar 1/2 cup sugar 1 Tb salt

1/2 cup milk Paprika Cook potatoes and grate once cooled. Mince onions, and chop eggs and celery.

Put potatoes, onion, eggs, and celery in a large bowl. Mix ingredients for dressing and pour over potatoes. Mix gently. Put in serving dish and sprinkle paprika on top. Chill. If more liquid is desired in salad, just increase the dressing recipe.

Kendra's Baked Beans 2 cans (1lb 13oz.) baked beans

1 lb sliced bacon 2 onions 2 green peppers

2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce 1 cup ketchup

1 cup brown sugar Slice onions and peppers into thin strips. Stir all ingredients together. Put in casserole dish. Bake uncovered at 325° for 1 1/2 hours. Stir and cover for 1 to 1 1/2 more hours.

My Grandma Miriam's Red White and Blue Berry Pie is always part of our 4th celebration.

– Janell. To get this delicious recipe, visit www.WeaversOrchard.com, and enter Red White and Blue Berry Pie Recipe into the search box. You can also buy this raspberry, cream cheese, and blueberry filled pie in the orchard farm market.

This 4th of July, start a new family tradition. Discover a new favorite recipe or take your kids canoeing for the first time. Celebrate our freedom. Celebrate the 4th.

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