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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Take Control of Thanksgiving, and Enjoy

Thanksgiving dinner is surprisingly simple to make. Most of the feast can be done ahead -- you can relax and enjoy the feast, too.

Sure, once upon a time I was afraid of serving a dry, overcooked bird and lumpy gravy. But once I realized how simple the meal actually is (I bought a meat thermometer and a strainer), I seized control of the holiday. I make Thanksgiving dinner every year, and whether it's for two or 12, the work is essentially the same.

4 days before the feast...

  • Shop for food.

3 days before the holiday...

  • Prep food.

Thanksgiving Day...

  • Do very little cooking.
  • Put the turkey in the oven and go for a long walk or take a bubble bath.

A few reasons why I am grateful that I'm in charge of Thanksgiving dinner...

  • When you're in charge, you can have it your way and keep unwanted traditions at bay -- like salad. What's with serving a green salad on Thanksgiving? Can we not have one meal that doesn't come with a salad?
  • Thanksgiving dinner, unlike a dinner party, is served at an approximate time -- when the turkey is done. This is a no-stress situation. If you set out a platter of cheese, veggies, and dip, you can keep the crowds placated for a couple hours.
  • People show up early, and, seeing that you are making some wonderful food, immediately pitch in to help with other tasks, from fetching drinks (one for you, of course!) to setting the table to taking out the trash. Then folks will hang around in the kitchen to chat and keep you company, and in general create a festive, party atmosphere.
  • The hostess gets all the glory and does no dishes. Which would you rather choose? I can't drag my gravy-laden body to the kitchen for cleanup duty after eating seven different dishes. Napping, however, I can manage.

I'm telling you, making this meal is a win-win situation.

Herb-Butter Roast Turkey

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

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Green Bean Bake Revisited

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Zinfandel Cranberry Sauce

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Pumpkin Hazelnut Pie

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Three days ahead...

  • If turkey is frozen, place it in the refrigerator to thaw. This can take two days.

Two days ahead...

One day ahead...

  • Make the Pumpkin Hazelnut Pie.
  • Toast the bread cubes and pecan pieces for the stuffing.
  • Make the Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions.
  • Cook the onions, mushrooms, and green beans through step 2 for the Green Bean Bake Revisited.

Four hours before guests arrive...

  • Assemble the stuffing and get the turkey into the oven.

Two hours before guests arrive...

  • Set the table if you have not already done so.
  • Start basting the turkey with its juices every 30 minutes. Add water to pan if it dries out.

As guests arrive...

  • Provide purchased appetizers and snacks, such as cheese and crackers.
  • Enlist help in finishing table set up and a making a beverage station.

When the turkey is done...

  • Use both the oven and microwave to reheat side dishes.
  • Transfer the turkey to a carving platter and cover with foil to keep it warm.
  • Make the gravy.

Thirty minutes after eating...

  • Be sure to get primo napping seat in front of the fire.
  • Let most closely related guests oversee kitchen cleanup.

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