Top 10 Summer Holiday Recipes

Summer holidays are special. Not only are they a celebration of our country, but they are a celebration of the wonderful foods at their best during the warm summer months. Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day all demand delicious and easy foods you can serve anywhere, from the backyard barbecue to a boat. And these are the best of the best! I serve these delicious foods at every summer holiday gathering, in various configurations.

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    My Mother's Potato Salad
    My Mother's Potato Salad. Linda Larsen

    Yes, this is the best potato salad. Period.

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    All-American Burgers. Linda Larsen
    These classic burgers are delicious, moist, tender, and flavorful when cooked on the grill. Or, if it's raining, broil 'em! Serve on toasted onion buns with sliced tomatoes, cheese, and mustard. Yes, mustard! It complements the sweet tomatoes and the smoky burgers to perfection.
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    Brownie Flag. Linda Larsen

    This gorgeous dessert has the best texture. Combining two small brownie mixes to make a large pan makes the brownies super chewy and moist. And the two different kinds of frosting add wonderful flavor. Let the kids decorate it for the most fun!

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    Fresh Corn Salad. Linda Larsen

    This beautiful recipe is a fabulous way to enjoy fresh corn. Try to make it using corn just off the cob. The kernels that are still fused together have the most wonderful flavor and texture. And the basil and Parmesan cheese dressing is the perfect complement to the fresh veggies.

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    Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. Linda Larsen
    Cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes are tender, sweet, and juicy this time of year. Stuffed with crisp bacon, rich mayonnaise, and nutty cheese, these little gems are like a mini BLT sandwich, without the L!
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    Simple Marinated Steak. Linda Larsen

    A grilled steak is the perfect splurge for a holiday entertaining menu. Even if it's just you, your spouse, and kids, grill at least one steak this summer to make some great memories. This wonderful marinade turns any cut into a tender feast.

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    Raspberry Mint Turkey Salad. Linda Larsen
    This fabulous salad has the best combination of flavors and textures. The mint is a really inspired addition; it makes the salad taste unbelievably fresh without adding too much flavor. And the raspberries and asparagus, combined with the pasta and turkey, is so good.
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    Dilled Coleslaw. Linda Larsen

    Coleslaw is a fabulous side salad for everything from grilled steak to burgers to chicken. And you can use the coleslaw leftovers in such fabulous ways! Oh, and don't worry about the mayonnaise in the salad. Yes, you should keep it cool, but mayo is an acidic food, so it's less likely to be a problem with food safety than other salad ingredients.

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  • 09 of 10
    The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
    The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. Linda Larsen
    This recipe is especially patriotic, because it's the favorite treat of the Air Crew on a US Navy Vessel! I love that fact. And the cookies are just divine; perfect for a picnic or dessert after a barbecue.
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    Peanut Chocolate Parfait Bars. Linda Larsen

    This fabulous recipe is one of my all time favorite summer desserts. A creamy brownie is topped with a peanut butter mousse studded with peanut butter crumbles and frozen.