July 4th BBQ & Potluck Recipes | Fresh Fridays, July 1

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Summer is officially here with hot temps, sparklers, barbecues and all things red white and blue!

Fresh Fridays Logo new 2022.

Welcome to Fresh Fridays, the Patriotic Edition!

How will you celebrate? Invite family and friends over for a barbecue? Go to a ball game or concert? Host a cul-de-sac or block party?

However you decide to celebrate this great nation on her 246 birthday — I hope you are reminded of the sacrifice made for the freedom we enjoy!

I am sharing with you some of my favorite of favorite recipes that I make for every barbecue and they are always a hit, plates licked clean kind of good. 🙂

Plus desserts that feature red, white and blue along with some that will be the hit of the party — guaranteed! I might even throw in a few drinks you will love!

4th of July Potluck Hits

Let’s start with these barbecue favorites!

Grid with six images from L-R cowboy baked beans, corn pudding, smoked mac and cheese, funeral potatoes, bison burgers and sun-dried tomato pasta salad.
  1. Cowboy Baked Beans | Start with canned baked beans (told you, easy) and amp up their flavor with mustard, peppers, brown sugar, molasses, onions and crispy bacon!
  2. Corn Pudding Casserole | this is not cornbread or a firm corn casserole, but instead this is soft, tender and pudding like — make with fresh, frozen or canned corn! No Jiffy mix either!
  3. Smoked Mac & Cheese | elevate your homemade mac and cheese by making this smoked mac and cheese! Made with smoked cheeses and a little liquid smoke, make with or without a smoker!
  4. Funeral Potatoes | If you have never had these cheesy potato casserole you are in for a treat, using frozen hash browns, cheese and a simple white sauce — topped with a buttery crunchy cereal topping.
  5. Best Ever Burgers | Okay these aren’t really a side dish, but these fly off the grill every year. Originally made with bison (so amazing), they are equally as delicious made with ground turkey, chicken or regular ground beef! Serve them up with some of these amazing Pickled Red Onions too!
  6. Best Italian Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes | Not only can you make this pasta salad ahead of time (win!) but, it’s chock full of everyone’s favorite summer salad goodies!

Patriotic Appetizers

A little bonus for you all, seems like we always being asked to bring a dessert or an appetizer to gatherings, these appetizers are a hit every single time. Some are decadent some are skinny!

Air Fryer Ravioli on a wooden board with a bowl of marinara sauce and toothpicks for an easy appetizer.

Air Fryer Ravioli

Slice of heirloom tomato pie on a plate with fresh basil and a rustic fork.

Heirloom Tomato Pie

Zucchini Corn Fritters main image, three zucchini corn fritters stacked on one another with fresh veggies behind and cilantro beside.

Zucchini Corn Fritters

cast iron skillet filled with sausage cream cheese dip, lined with frito scoops on one side with a silicone handle on pan, striped towel in background

3 Ingredient Sausage Dip

Mediterranean Layered Dip

Blender salsa in a bowl, with a tortilla chip dipped in.

Easy Homemade Blender Salsa

Easy 4th of July Desserts

These desserts are guaranteed to sparkle, to add bursting flavor and to end your day sweetly.

6 image grid of desserts to make for independence day, l-f key lime pie, lemon ice box pie, patriotic ice cream, ice cream cookie sandwiches, homemade chocolate ice cream, old-fashioned vanilla bean ice cream.
  1. Award Winning Key Lime Pie | yes, it really is award winning and yes, it is really my number one made dessert on the blog. It always gets rave reviews, hope you try it too!
    Reader testimony “This recipe was so easy and soooo good! I made it for a party and everyone loved it. This is a keeper! Thank you!” LoriAnn ~ Pinterest
  2. Lemon Icebox Pie | The cousin to the key lime pie, is this luscious no-bake lemon ice box pie, with a cool Golden Oreo cookie crust, dress it up or keep it simple.
  3. Patriotic No-Churn Ice Cream | This was one of the earliest ice creams I put on the blog and I kid you not, my oldest (now 20) asked me to make it again for this weekend! You got it kid!
  4. Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches | Roll in whatever sprinkles you desire, make some amazing chocolate chip cookies, stuff them with your favorite ice cream and freeze!
  5. Old-Fashioned Chocolate Ice Cream | A no egg, no cook, rich chocolate ice cream recipe. Reader testimony “This was a fantastic recipe!” Lindsey ~ Pinterest
  6. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream | A creamy vanilla bean ice cream made in your ice cream maker! A guaranteed winner — make this homemade chocolate fudge sauce to go on top!

Don’t forget the Stabilized Whipped Cream, great on all of these desserts!

Independence Day Drinks

There is something for everyone in these drinks, little people, big people, teetotalers and imbibers.

Swimming Update

Just so I stay accountable, wanted to give you a quick update, I’m not getting a much faster, but that’s not what it’s about — still about 800-1000 yards, but I’m feeling stronger!

I grumble as I’m walking to our pool — but then I see the sunrise, the sweet and friendly faces of my fellow lap swimmers and feel SO GOOD after my workout. I snapped a quick and not very attractive, but let’s be real picture!

Kathleen - The Fresh Cooky with swim cap on and goggles at swimming pool.

Celebrating my Mom

Birthdays are very important in our family, after-all it’s when someone amazing came into this world! And this past week I had the privilege and joy of celebrating my momma’s 82nd birthday!

My dear friend Wendy and I drove up and brought lunch to celebrate with her. I made my Best Chicken Salad with Tarragon and Wendy made a lovely fruit salad, my mom purchased her favorite Nothing Bundt Cakes Bundtettes. Oh it was so fun and fabulous. Doesn’t she look amazing!?!

Wendy, my mom and me in a birthday picture.

Reader Testimonials

These are comments from real life readers who have tried and loved TFC’s recipes!

I made this cake for my son’s birthday. This Nothing Bundt Cake is my son’s absolute favorite, so he requested I make it for him. I was a little worried, but it came out beautifully! It was beautiful, delicious and not too hard. It was the biggest hit of the party! Thanks for the great recipe!

Lisa ~ Copycat Nothing Bundt Cakes Raspberry White Chocolate Cake

This casserole was the bomb! Love love loved it! Thx ❤️

Tracy & Dave ~ Turkey (or Chicken) Divan Casserole
Square image of copycat nothing bundt cake white chocolate raspberry bundt cake.

Best White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake {Copycat}

Chicken Divan on a plate with a fork, showing a buttery crumb topping.

Turkey Divan Recipe (or chicken)

Weekly Inspiration

This is one of my all time favorite patriotic songs, sung by a family favorite — Neil Diamond America! This video has a bit of the history behind the song, which I never knew! And a big thanks to my mom who raised us on Neil Diamond! 🙂

I am forever grateful for you,

signature of Kathleen, The Fresh Cooky Recipe developer

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About Kathleen Pope

Recipe Innovator | Food Photographer | Food Writer

Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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  1. Happy belated Birthday to mom! Well done you on your lap swimming! Guess your boys come by it naturally…let’s see your fly? Happy Fourth of July, my friend. See you next week.