July 4, 2014
More 4th of July Ideas on the Today Show
For my third and final appearance on the Today Show this week, I shared fun, festive, 4th of July recipes for the Red, White and Block Party theme. Get all the recipes and view the video here. If you were inspired to try some of my recipes or came up with a variation of your own, leave a comment. I love reading them! Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday!
1 On my 3rd day on the Today show, I showed Matt Lauer how to throw a Red, White and Block Party to continue the 4th of July theme.
2 Every 4th of July party should have a lemonade stand featuring freshly squeezed lemons.
3 Lemonade is best when it's simple - fresh lemons, ice water a little sugar and maybe a little ginger muddled at the bottom of the glass. Decorate it with mint leaves, cherries or fresh lemon slices.
4 Terri and Neisha Ferguson - sisters from Mississippi were chosen from the audience to help run the lemonade stand.
5 So refreshing!
6 Then I shared the recipe of one of my favorite Summer salads with Matt - 3 bean salad!
7 Green, yellow wax and kidney beans, some olive oil, vinegar, dijon mustard and a little salt and pepper.
8 Steam the beans and then cool them in iced water to help retain the vibrant color. Finish by mixing it all together in a large bowl, then serve.
9 Delicious and healthy!
10 Then I shared my healthy recipe for corn dogs with Matt, who was a bit skeptical about the health benefits at first. But he was convinced when I told him they're made with real cornmeal batter and and quality all beef hot dogs. Here's the recipe: http://goo.gl/YqR926
11 Some other fantastic 4th of July favorites like my classic potato salad, my individual cherry pies and all of the recipes I shared with Matt can be found in my American Food cookbook. http://goo.gl/vlM9ku
12 The Today show audience was lively and festive as usual.
13 I loved their signs!
14 Matt chose some children from the audience to demonstrate a a very fun 4th of July game - the bean bag toss.
15 The object is to see who can toss their bean bags from 5 feet away into the hole.
16 These kids got every single bean bag in!
17 We all had a great time on the Today show and we're looking forward to a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday and wish you the same!