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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Mother's Day Lunch

A beautiful meal for a beautiful woman -- your mother.

For this ladies-only lunch, pick a day when all of you -- including the cook -- can enjoy a meal at your leisure.

Melon Sparklers The fruit of a Galia melon looks like honeydew, but isn't as sweet.

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Fruited Cheese-Filled Lemon Biscuits Another time, for a more substantial filling, replace the fruit with chopped cooked turkey or chicken.

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Lemon Biscuits Prepare a double batch of these tender biscuits so you'll have enough to make 12 of the sandwiches.

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Pink Geranium Cake Scented geranium leaves add a light pleasing flavor to this pink layered cake frosted with a creamy, pink buttercream frosting.

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Smoked Chicken Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette Stop at the deli department of your supermarket for smoked chicken breast.

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Here are a few of our favorite best-kept biscuit baking secrets:

  • Use only chilled butter or margarine.
  • Stir dry ingredients well to distribute the leavening agent.
  • Mix the butter, margarine, or shortening and flour only until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Stir in the liquid just until moistened.
  • Lightly knead the dough by folding and pressing; 10 to 12 strokes should be enough to distribute the moisture.
  • Cut out as many as possible from a single rolling of the dough (additional rolling and flour will make them tough and dry). Cutting the dough into squares will eliminate the need to reroll it.
  • Place biscuits or scones close together on the baking sheet for a soft crust; for a crispy crust, place them about 1 inch apart.
  • Remove from the oven when top and bottom crusts are an even golden brown.
  • Store in foil or a sealed plastic bag at room temperature for 2 to 3 days; freeze in heavy foil or air-tight container up to 3 months.
  • Reheat foil-wrapped biscuits in a 300° oven for 10 to 12 minutes; reheat frozen biscuits for 20 to 25 minutes.
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