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Need some inspiration? Here are some recipes to make for the Fourth of July! I’ve picked some fresh salads, easy appetizers, delicious ideas for the grill, and summer desserts that will help round out a delicious menu!

Strawberry and Blueberry cream cheese dip on a gray wood background by themerchantbaker.com

Hey, how’ve you been? I’ve been working on some recipes but it’s been one of those weeks where I’m making good stuff, but not good enough yet to post. It can be frustrating to get a recipe just to where you want it. 

And my family? Let’s just say they’re “over” some of the recipe testing. Nobody wants any more of whatever I’m testing. They liked it the first time…and the second and even enjoyed the third. But, I’m getting resistance now. I get it. I’m over it too.

I find it’s best to set those recipe tests aside and revisit at a later time. You know…let my palate have time to reset itself.

Some recipes can just be more difficult to get right, like the best pumpkin scones and my pumpkin ale cake. Pumpkin can be a tricky ingredient when it comes to texture. All that moisture can throw the balance off in a recipe.

Besides, recipe testing is more difficult these days, especially when it’s been difficult to get some ingredients, like flour or yeast. I hate to use too much of an ingredient that I’m not sure I’ll be able to replenish.

I will say, it took me some time, but I finally scored a bag of flour. Ummm, a 50 lb bag of flour! It was a situation where I could commit to 50 lbs or live without. So, I took the leap and now I have just the slightest bit of flour anxiety ;) Good thing there’s quite a bit of baking in my future….

But, for now? I think we’ve all had enough. We’re looking for something new and different. So, we’re taking a break…just in time for the holiday weekend.

In fact, we’re going a little non-traditional this weekend. No burgers or dogs on the grill this year.

Instead, my family’s been missing a hot chicken sandwich they like to get at a local restaurant. So, I’m going to make this one and hopefully it will satisfy that spicy chicken craving. 

I had to search for some of the ingredients. I swear we have every kind of paprika except hot hungarian paprika. And no grocery store near me carried it. Actually, World Market probably had it, but they weren’t open, so I ordered it on line. 

Fingers crossed that it’s going to be delicious with just the perfect amount of spice. I think it’s just the remedy to wake things up a little around here :)

Recipes to Make for the Fourth of July