Happy Fourth!

Happy Fourth of July! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday and enjoying this splendid long weekend. I love cooking for holidays, here’s what’s on our menu today:

Smoked Pulled Pork Recipe

Perfect Pulled Pork. This is one of my go-to recipes, especially for holidays. It’s beautifully seasoned, slow roasted for hours, and absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. This weekend we’re smoking it in a Masterbuilt Smoker with hickory chips. I have to admit, the scent of the spices and hickory chips smoking on the back deck is making me weak in the knees!

Southern Skillet Corn-30

Southern Skillet Corn. Oh, this corn. It’s beautiful, buttery, and creamy but still has that satisfyingly crisp bite to it. It’s my absolute favorite way to prepare corn, this is always a huge hit at parties!

Hearty, Meaty, ULTIMATE Baked Beans - topped with bacon!

Ultimate BBQ Baked Beans. These baked beans are absolutely bursting with flavor. They’re meaty, mouth-watering, and topped with bacon. Oh, and they just so happen to complement pulled pork perfectly.

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Without a Machine

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Without a Machine. I get such a kick out of this easy ice cream recipe! All it takes is a pint of whipping cream plus a can of sweetened condensed milk, then add toppings to your heart’s content and just like that you have delicious, ultra creamy homemade ice cream. No machine required. I love dreaming up new flavor combinations for this ice cream! Your options are truly endless here — if you can mix it in, you can make it. This weekend I’m mixing in butter, vanilla, marshmallow fluff and mini chocolate chips for S’mores Ice Cream. Recipe to come soon!

Photo via Plain Chicken

7-up Biscuits. These little biscuits knock my socks off. They are so buttery, so deliciously creamy, just a beautiful biscuit all around. Pulled Pork biscuits are a huge hit, but I will definitely scarf down a few of these just by themselves as well. :)

What’s on your Fourth of July menu?

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39 Responses
  1. Colleen

    I would love to know how you got to be such a good cook. All your recipes look delicious, and I feel like there’s a huge variety. What’s the story behind that?

  2. Patty O'Donnell

    Amanda, I tried the biscuits and they were delicious. My only issue was they didn’t seem to puff up like your picture, they were quite flat. How think did you roll the dough out to?

  3. Cookin' Canuck

    That looks like a wonderful spread for the 4th (or any other summer day, for that matter). I hope you had a great holiday weekend.

  4. theurbanbaker

    your blog makes me happy! it just lifts me up. the perfect thing to read at 4 in the afternoon when all I really want to do is take a nap! sounds like the perfect meal – and that skillet style corn – mmmm, mmmm good!

  5. Steph

    Your pork is next on my list to make – it looks delicious!

    Thanks for sharing my 7up biscuits! Now I want some!

  6. Jenni Roseland

    Oh Amanda, your menu left my mouth watering! It looks delicious!
    We had a big 4th of July party at the house and did a hot dog bar! Chicago, So-Cal (my new fav), and Chili dogs were on the menu, and lots of people made up their own creations! It was so much fun! A post is in the works!

  7. Heather @ Sweet Sins 2 Share

    We had homemade Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches and they were awesome! Our fireworks got rained out but we needed the rain so much out here in Southern Oklahoma that I don’t think anyone was complaining!!

  8. Kaye

    Ohhhhh. . . yum! My BFF and I were just sitting watching the fireworks and “cooking up” a party last night. We are SO tired of hamburgers and hot dogs. . . and we decided on pulled pork. I think your menu is going to be lifted for our event!

  9. Jamie

    Sounds super yummy!

    We did our BBQ/celebration on Saturday so today we’re just slow cooking some ribs and going to make some nice seasoned roasted potatoes! :)

  10. Sharie T

    I’ll be tryin’ me some 7up Biscuits I can tell you that….the great thing is I already have all those ingredients!
    (Love the printable receipe option on her blog……something else for you to add to your already awesome blog – the photo settings is still my fav :))

    1. Sharie T

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    2. Amanda

      Love that fun text graphic! There’s a is printable recipe option on my recipes as well, the button is underneath the recipe — there is an Email Recipe and Print Recipe option. Thanks!

  11. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    Oh my, everything looks so good but those biscuits were calling my name. We don’t really treat a holiday (that doesn’t fall on our high cal day) any different foodwise but we will have a Trader Joe’s Chicken Dog (60 cals, taste just like the real thing, SO good!) and a turkey meatball sub tonight since those things are “treat” foods that we can easily work into our weekday calories.

    Enjoy your holiday!

    1. Amanda

      Click on the orange, underlined recipe title underneath the photo – it’s a link that will take you to all the recipes. :)

  12. Cerise

    Oh my goodness! That all looks so good!! I’m going to have to save that pulled pork recipe for the next time the Hubby brings out the smoker!

  13. Southern Gal

    I love your pulled pork recipe. I haven’t cooked it in a while, but it’s definitely on the menu for this summer.

    Most of my family is working or away so it’s going to be a quiet day at the parents’ house. Not usual for us at all. I’m not going to like it much, but I’ve got to keep the spirit for the little.

    Happy Independence Day!

  14. Barb

    What time is dinner, Amanda? We’ll be there! LOL It looks yummy- how about sharing the recipes, please?
    Not sure what we are eating yet today. Happy 4th, everyone. Hope it’s safe and happy for all of you!

    1. Amanda

      Click on the orange, underlined recipe title underneath the photo — it’s a link that will take you to all the recipes. :)

  15. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    7 up biscuits and baked beans…they sound awesome!

    What’s on my menu? Maybe an adult beverage and we’ll figure it out from there :)

    Happy 4th!

  16. Angela

    Yummmo! We don’t celebrate 4th July in Australia but I think we might have to celebrate this year and try out your pork and corn…. maybe even the icecream too!! Have a great weekend! :)

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