Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

The star of your patriotic menu will be this flag-shape dessert featuring bright red raspberries, tart blueberries, and dough cut in stripes and star shapes. Despite the masterpiece finish, it's actually quite simple to make.

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. From flags to fireworks, these easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of -- and they're cute to boot.

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

Headed to a 4th of July potluck? Cakes are a dreamy way to end the day (well, that and fireworks), and our collection of berry-topped cakes, lush chocolate cakes, swirled sprinkle cakes, and layered red velvet cakes are worth their own oohs and aahs.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

Make our DIY party cocktail -- that includes just a few tasty ingredients -- for an adults-only drink everyone can agree on. Cut-up star fruit provides a gorgeous base inside your drink pitcher.

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Classic Holiday Recipes from Our Cookbook

Serve holiday guests a stylish meal with recipes from our 15th edition Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. These recipes include perennial favorites, as well as fresh ideas that welcome the holidays with seasonal ingredients, time-saving techniques, and, as always, utter deliciousness.


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    • Caramel-Pecan French Toast

      Breakfasts and Brunches Chapter

      Holidays are all about indulgence -- and this French toast holds nothing back. It's a much-loved way to start Christmas morning.

    • Hot Coffee Latte Eggnog

      Beverages Chapter

      Warm up eggnog with coffee liquer. This homemade eggnog recipe is fun to make as a family -- we have an alcohol-free version for the little ones.

      Tip from Our Cookbook: Once the mixture is heated, dip a metal spoon into the drink and swipe your finger across the back. Your finger will leave a mark when the mixture is done.

    • Broccoli-Cauliflower-Raisin Salad

      Salads and Dressings Chapter

      Even kids will eat their broccoli when it's served in a light honey-vinegar dressing and mixed with sweet raisins and kid-friendly cauliflower.

    • Potato and Squash Salad

      Salads and Dressings Chapter

      This recipe proves that potatoes and butternut squash aren't an either-or decision. They play nicely in this side salad that will look gorgeous on your holiday table.

    • Cheesy Garlic Potato Gratin

      Vegetables and Fruits Chapter

      Seven ingredients (including salt and pepper) are a hint to how easy this recipe is to prepare. The taste, however, will make guests think you slaved over it.

      Tip from Our Cookbook: Yellow-flesh potatoes give your potato gratins warm and winning color. If you like, substitute half the Yukon golds with sweet potatoes for a two-tone treat.

    • Skillet Scalloped Corn

      Vegetables and Fruits Chapter

      A 15-minute side in the mix of more-involved dishes makes this holiday recipe a favorite. Two kinds of canned corn provide the base; crushed crackers, milk, and butter create the crispy-creamy texture.

    • Crab and Poblano Soup

      Soups and Stews Chapter

      Warm and comforting, this creamy soup with white cheese and milk mixes with poblano chile peppers and lump crabmeat for an indulgent holiday starter.

      Tip from Our Cookbook: You might find the Asadero cheese labeled as Chihuahua or Oaxaca. By any name, it's a great melting cheese in this soup and other recipes.

    • Squash, Corn, and Barley Succotash

      Beans, Rice, and Grains Chapter

      Enjoy butternut squash in a beautiful side dish. The sweet butternut makes a great companion for hearty barley; corn and onions add more layers of flavor.

    • Potato and Ham Bake

      Casseroles Chapter

      We call for Yukon gold potatoes in this holiday casserole because they won't fall apart. If you prefer, you can substitute round red potatoes to go alongside asparagus spears and cubed ham.

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      Beef Stroganoff Casserole

      Casseroles Chapter

      This hearty casserole gains oomph from Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, and portobello mushrooms. Refrigerated beef roast au jus takes the work out of the prep.

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      Our Classic Roast Turkey

      Poultry Chapter

      Turkey is the king of the holiday dinner menu. This is our classic roasting recipe, complete with two options: an orange glaze and a butter-herb rub.

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      Balsamic Glazed Flank Steak with Fall Fruit Salsa

      Meat Chapter

      Green apples, pear, and dried cranberries offer the "fall fruit" in the title of this hearty cookbook classic.

      Tip from Our Cookbook: Most flank steaks weigh about 2 pounds. If you buy a 2-pound flank steak for this recipe, cut it in half and freeze the extra pound for later.

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      Wine-Braised Brisket with Onions

      Meat Chapter

      Dry red wine makes the perfect marinade for indulgent brisket. The prep time on this recipe is low because beyond making the marinade, there's little hands-on work.

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      Mile-High Meatless Lasagna Pie

      Pasta Chapter

      A springform pan takes the place of a baking dish in a lasagna recipe that will impress holiday houseguests. Between layers of cheese and noodles, you'll also enjoy a garden of vegetables: carrots, zucchni, button mushrooms, and baby spinach.

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      Flaky Biscuits

      Breads Chapter

      Wake up to light and layered biscuits that guests can top with honey and butter or their favorite preserves. You'll see why homemade is worth the effort.

      Tip from Our Cookbook: Lightly handling the dough will help you acheive irresistibly tender biscuits.

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      Mixed-Grain Bread

      Breads Chapter

      Make your own mixed-grain bread with our classic recipe.

      Tip from Our Cookbook: To test for doness, tap lightly on top of the baked loaf with a finger. It should sound hollow when the bread is done.

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      Crumb-Topped Fruit Pie

      Pies and Tarts Chapter

      Suit your holiday mood: Filling options for this chapter-opening pie recipe include raspberry, apple, rhubarb, peach, and blueberry.

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      Apple-Pear Praline Pie

      Pies and Tarts Chapter

      Fruits and nuts in one pie make this a must-have in our famous cookbook.

      Tip from Our Cookbook: Granny Smith and Cortland apples are good choices for the tart apples called for in this pie. No need to peel them -- they're sliced so thinly it won't matter.

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      Lattice-Top Cranberry Relish Pie

      Pies and Tarts Chapter

      We used this tart holiday pie to demonstrate our quick lattice-top trick (see below). Inside, dried cranberries and golden raisins mingle with orange juice for a tangy bite.

      Tip from Our Cookbook: To make a quick lattice top, place half of the pastry strips over the filling parallel to each other and 1 inch apart. Place the remaining pastry strips at 1-inch intervals perpendicular to the first strips. Before crimping the edge, roll the bottom pastry up over the ends of the pastry strips to seal.

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      Cream-Filled Cake Roll

      Cakes and Frostings Chapter

      Pick from a strawberry-cream and a lemon-cream filling for this gorgeous holiday cake roll. We featured the strawberry version in our 15th edition cookbook.

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      Triple-Chocolate Cookies

      Cookies and Bars Chapter

      Chocolate No. 1: bittersweet. Chocolate No. 2: unsweeted. Chocolate No. 3: semisweet drizzle. Curb your chocolate cravings with this made-for-Christmas cookie.

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      Strawberry Shortbread

      Cookies and Bars Chapter

      Bring classic shortbread cookies into the holiday mood by drizzling a strawberry-hinted glaze on top. Pretty scallop-edge cookie cutters provide the delicate cookie shape.

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      Buried Cherry Cookies

      Cookies and Bars Chapter

      What hides at the center of these chocolate-frosted sugar cookies? The name gives it away.

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      Star Mint Meringues

      Cookies and Bars Chapter

      Mint and meringue say Christmas in flash. And the red stripes, courtesy of food coloring, hint at the peppermint flavor.

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      Toffee Butter Crunch

      Candies Chapter

      One of our top candy recipes, this Toffee Butter Crunch opens the candy section of our cookbook. The mix of smooth chocolate sandwiched between a crunchy toffee base and chopped nuts offers wonderful contrast.

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      Easy White Fudge

      Candies Chapter

      This gorgeous fudge recipe features white baking pieces and sweetened condensed milk. Holiday guests will love the hint of shredded orange peel that hides in the mix.

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      Classic Truffles

      Candies Chapter

      These change-up-friendly truffles offer a base that works great rolled in chopped nuts, cocoa powder, or powdered sugar.

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      Next Slideshow Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Casserole Recipes

      Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Casserole Recipes

      Beat the chaos of the holidays with a delicious, hearty casserole recipe (or two). Casseroles are easy to make ahead, and you can save the leftovers for dinner the next day. We've picked our favorites so there's something for everyone, including cheesy pasta bakes, classic tuna casserole, and flaky pot pies.
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