No-Bake Pie Recipe for the 4th of July

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It’s the 4th of July. There will be barbecues and picnics and family and desserts. And it’s hot. Most of the food can be grilled outside, but you really don’t want to turn the oven on to make those desserts. I’ve got a yummy no-bake refrigerator pie that is perfect for this situation. This is a pie from my childhood and I can’t remember a family Independence Day gathering without it. My mother was wrangling four kids, making all that food, and ready for some short-cuts when it came to dessert. This pie is EASY. If you can operate a hand mixer, you can make it. I’m not even sure you need the hand mixer!

Red White and Blue Pie

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Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients 

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  • 10 sheets of graham crackers (1 1/2 cups)
  • 6 Tablespoons melted butter
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TGIF! A Yummy Pisco Sour Recipe

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I know it is Foodie Friday – but this Friday I thought we would do a drink. This is mostly because I just got the bill for my car repair and I need one.  Also, last time I posted a picture of a pisco sour on my Facebook,  people seemed to approve. Yes, I am that desperate for approval. Also, it is summer, and pisco sours are a yummy and refreshing drink.

Pisco Sour


Before we start, let me say I am not exceptionally finicky about my pisco. Some people will insist on Peruvian pisco and others favor Chilean pisco. Yes, they are slightly different, but they will both work for this recipe.   If you want to embroil yourself in a 400-year-old debate about who has the better pisco, google away. If you want a tasty drink, read on!

Ingredients for 2 Pisco Sours:

  • 3 shots pisco
  • 1 shot fresh lime juice*
  • 1 shot simple syrup*
  • 1 egg white (optional)
  • dash bitters (Chilean or angostura – I’ve never found the Chilean ones locally)

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Jenn Dease: Two Great Summer Salad Recipes

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Okay, I know it is Foodie Friday, but…. LOOK! DRAGONS! Seriously, scroll down and look! Also, we’ve got yummy salads for your cool summer dining, but… DRAGONS!  Oh… thanks to Jenn Dease for bring the salads and  the dragons. Make sure to check out her brand-new book, Dragon’s Surprise. Oh, AND, Jenn is doing a giveaway on her blog – so go there, too!


Fresh Broccoli Salad recipe by Jenn DeaseJENN:

Hello there.  I am Jenn Dease and in my EDJ,(Evil Day Job), I am a chef.  Yes, I would rather write then cook, but bills must be paid.

For the summer season, I thought I would give you two salad recipes.  The first is:

Fresh Broccoli Salad Recipe

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Kelly Jensen: Chicken Piccata Recipe

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So, I have at least one thing in common with the wonderful Kelly Jensen – we both love capers! Kelly is here today with her Chicken Piccata recipe.  Capers give a lovely little burst of bright flavor to a dish that I just adore and they will take your chicken-for-dinner to the next level. Don’t forget to scroll down and check out Kelly’s new book, Out in the Blue.

Chicken Piccata Recipe by Kelly JensenKelly:

Chicken Piccata

I love capers. They’re super salty and have a really unique flavour. I can eat them straight out of the jar, but prefer adding them to my recipes. Sometimes I add too many and my family makes little piles of them on the sides of their plates. I usually eat those too.

One of my favourite recipes including capers is Chicken Piccata. I didn’t know this particular combination of ingredients actually had an official name until I saw it on a restaurant menu. My first experience of it was at a pot luck luncheon where it was simply referred to as the lemony chicken dish. A couple of years later, I found it on a restaurant menu where the description of lemon and capers sounded familiar. Something was missing, though. There were no artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes and the restaurant didn’t serve it with a heap of crusty bread to mop up the sauce.

Over the years, I’ve fiddled with many versions of this recipe. I’ve dropped the sun dried tomatoes because while I adore them, they can overpower the delicate lemon flavour. I always include the quartered artichoke hearts. Their texture really adds an interesting element. I’ve served my Chicken Piccata with rice, pasta and vegetables. I still prefer bread. I always make enough that I have left overs—the sauce thickens overnight and is really yummy the next day.

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Amanda Shalaby: Fusilli with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe

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Amanda Shalaby is here with a recipe that reminded me of Carlo… Yum! Off to buy sun-dried tomatoes and enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out an excerpt from Amanda’s book Bleddyn Hall after the recipe – you can pick it up FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Fusilli with sausage recipe from Amanda ShalabyAmanda:

I’m always on the lookout for a fast, easy and delicious meal since, well, I can’t order out ALL the time – but I need as much time later in the day to work on my next book! It takes about 40 minutes from prep to cooked and feeds about six people (which for just me and the hubby means leftovers)!

Fusilli with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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