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A July 4th Family Reunion of Recipes

On Independence Day weekend, we Americans run the star spangled banner up the flagpole, put on our red, white and blue, and shoot off fireworks in the backyard—regardless of local ordinances. (Hey, we’re celebrating a revolution, right?)

The Fourth of July weekend is also a great time to get friends and neighbors together for a celebratory cookout, and many families pick this particular time to hold a big ol’ family reunion.

These family confabs might include activities like a softball game or badminton competition. Maybe horseshoes will be tossed, and three-legged races run. Perhaps someone will pick up a guitar, or heaven forbid, crank up the karaoke machine. Family tales will be retold and beverages will be served ice-cold.

Grannie Short’s Smoked Sausage and New Potato Salad

One thing for sure: there will be lots of great food spread out on the picnic table brought in from near and far.

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That’s the basis of our July 4 recipe feature for 2010: a Patriotic Potluck Family Reunion. We’re saluting that special summer event when everyone brings their delicious signature specialty and there are always too many desserts. Wait. There can never be too many desserts! That’s what my Uncle Elmer always said anyway.

Drum roll, please…

Ta-Da! Our Facebook Fans Recipe Contest Winner

For the winning recipe, our chefs chose Bill’s Pear Pie, submitted by Facebook Fan Adeline Bryan of St. Louis, Mo. the recipe was handed down from a nice guy named Bill from New York. He clipped the recipe from a newspaper around 20 years ago, made the pie and brought it to a family reunion. It was such a hit, he brought year after year, and everyone always looked forward to digging into a slice of Bill’s Pear Pie. (Recipe link below.) Thanks to all our Facebook Fans who sent in recipes!

Aunt Judy’s Chicken Pasta Primavera

So belly up to the buffet, and pile up your plate with recipes from across the generations. We’ve got everything from Nana’s famous Deviled Eggs (with crumbled bacon!) to Aunt Ruth’s Red Salad with Basil-Mint Dressing, and Uncle John’s Zucchini Nut Bread. Cousin Annie’s 7-Layer Salad is a sight to behold and tastes terrific, too.

On the dessert table we offer an amazing Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting, plus Uncle Bob’s Banana Split Ice Box Cake, Aunt Jean’s Red Velvet Cupcakes, and of course, Uncle Sam’s red, white and blue Fresh Strawberry & Blueberry Pie,* and more.

For the main dish, we suggest you take it easy on yourself and pick up some tasty fried chicken from the supermarket deli or your favorite takeout restaurant. The side dishes take center stage on a potluck like this one.

Here’s wishing you a happy, safe and delicious 4th of July from everyone here at The Food Channel! Oh, and scroll down for a behind-the-scenes video peek at the making of our Patriotic Potluck.

Bill’s Pear Pie

Aunt Eileen’s Cucumber-Dill Salad

Nana’s Deviled Eggs

Aunt Ruth’s Red Salad with Basil-Mint Dressing

Uncle John’s Famous Zucchini Nut Bread

Cousin Annie’s 7-Layer Salad with Thousand Island Dressing

Aunt Patty’s Perfection Salad

Grannie Short’s Smoked Sausage and New Potato Salad

Aunt Judy’s Chicken Pasta Primavera

Uncle Sam’s Fresh Strawberry & Blueberry Pie (shown, right)

Grandma Bev’s Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Uncle Bob’s Banana Split Icebox Cake

Aunt Jean’s Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Runners up from our Facebook Recipe Contest:

  • Auntie Jan’s Amazing Guac, Jannine Fisk
  • Black-Eyed Peas and Corn Salad, Helen Adams,
  • Quinoa Tabbouleh, Julie Yoshikawa McIntyre