Savory Summer Sweepstakes

June 17, 2013

Savory Summer SweepstakesBlogBannerWant to win a cookbook autographed by Rachael Ray? How about one of her 10 piece cooking sets or her Lasagna Lover dish to help you cook the best lasagna you’ve ever tasted?

We thought so. That’s why we’re giving 3 lucky winners (randomly selected) the prizes below. All you have to do is post  your favorite July 4th family dish as a comment to this blog post below by 2359 hours CT on 4 July 2013. Your post must include your full name (including middle initial), mailing address, email address, and phone number to be eligible to win. Contact information will be used to contact you if you are a winner and will be removed before your entry is made public on this blog.1st Prize

One First Place Winner will receive (1) Rachael Ray Cookbook autographed by Rachael Ray and (1) Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II 10 Piece Cookware Set. (valued at $159.99).

2nd PrizeOne Second Place Winner will receive (1) Rachael Ray Cookbook autographed by Rachael Ray and (1) Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel II 10 Piece Cookware Set in Red (valued at at $119.99).

One Third Place Winner will receive (1) Rachael Ray Cookbook autographed by Rachael Ray and (1) 9″ x 13″ Rectangular Lasagna Lover Pan in Blue (valued at $44.99).

This is our way of celebrating you, our Military Community, our nation’s Independence Day, and quality family time! So whether it’s grilled kabobs or mom’s homemade mashed potatoes, tell us what your favorite family dish for July 4th is below. Ready, set, post!

*Click here for full sweepstakes rules.

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LAURA SUTHERLAND February 7, 2014 at 7:24 am



Zulema M. July 10, 2013 at 2:22 am

pico de gallo, homemade burgers


christina k. July 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Deviled eggs and green beans Athena


Steve July 5, 2013 at 7:13 am

Nothing beats hand made hamburgers cooked over a charcoal grill with condiments like salsa, onions, ketchup, mayo, & mustard.


Kathleen W. July 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm

jello salad


Amy H. July 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm

My mother-in-laws green beans with new potatoes and ham! Yum, love southern cooking.


Jodi S. July 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

Favorite 4th of July foods: potato salad (made two ways: one with Dill pickles & one with sweet pickles to make everyone in the family happy :))
and watermelon cubed with feta cheese (cubed)and some watercress for a great refreshing summer salad !


Loretta E. July 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

my macaroni salad


Sarah M. July 4, 2013 at 9:32 am

My fav 4th of July dish would have to be the good ole American FACS like burgers – dogs- salads and all great old fashioned meals!


Sarah M. July 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

Would love to win and have a piece of home with me overseas!


Erika C. July 4, 2013 at 8:44 am

Homemade pasta salad!!! Pepperoni, black olives, cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, Italian dressing, and pasta of course! DELICIOUS!!!


Edna B. July 4, 2013 at 7:45 am

Grilled Hamburgers, ice cold water melon


Cindy W. July 4, 2013 at 7:32 am

my favorite 4th of July dish is bbq beef brisket with tater salad, bread and beans!


george b. July 4, 2013 at 5:27 am

My favorite 4th of July dish is nothing better than the good old hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill.


SAROYA July 4, 2013 at 12:53 am

HOTDOGS on the grill to celebrate national hotdog month, and anything my aawesome husband makes!


Chris H. July 4, 2013 at 12:00 am



Lawrence W. July 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm

brats & kraut


Teresa D. July 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm

My potato salad. It never fails. I will be making it for a military family BBQ this year and fully expect it to disappear as it always does. My kids always ask me to make it whenever they come home to visit :).


Patricia R. July 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I love Rachels burger receipes


nimet July 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm

a 7-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
2/3 cup fine fresh bread crumbs
1/3 cup walnuts, toasted lightly and chopped fine
2 to 4 garlic cloves, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses*
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
toasted pita triangles as an accompaniment
*available at Middle Eastern markets

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Dawn T. July 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm

growing up in the military and now as a military wife..nothing reminds me of home and my family then strawberry pie!!!! my mom would always make it for any bbq’s or potlucks…its fast and simple and delish!

3/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1-1/2 cups water
1 pkg. strawberry jello
4 cups fresh strawberries cleaned and cut up
1 prebaked pie crust
1/2 cup COOL WHIP

mix sugar and cornstarch in a pot..stir in water till blended..bring to boil..keep stirring.. about 2 min..remove from heat..add jello box.. stir 2 min. until completely dissolved..stir in strawberries..pour into crust and refrigerate 3 hours..when firm top with cool whip..enjoy!!


Regina H. July 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

5 lbs. red skinned potatoes (chopped in large pieces)
3 or 4 stalks of celery (finely chopped)
1½ to 2 small bunches scallions (green tops only – finely sliced)
16 oz. container sour cream
1½ to 2 cups mayonnaise (depending on how wet you like it)
2 tablespoons whole celery seed
Salt to taste

Bring large pot of water to boil. Leave skin on potatoes, clean and cut off any bad spots, chop in large pieces and boil for 25 minutes. After potatoes cook, cool them either in the refrigerator or under cold water (water is much faster). Drain and place potatoes in very large bowl; slice up any large pieces while combining all ingredients well. Refrigerate for at least one hour then enjoy!


Hannah S. July 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm

My favorite July 4th dish is Strawberry Shortcake. 🙂


Johanna R July 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Fruit kabobs


David C. July 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Hot dogs and burgers


David C. July 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm

And Wise Chips


Joe H. July 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Our 4th of July is probably like most people’s. We would get together with our friends and family. We would start up the grill and start making our favorites kabobs, burgers and hot dogs for the kids. My wife would make potatoe salad, and baked beans.


Jennifer R. July 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Our famly tradition for any major holiday during the summer is a Good Ole’ BBQ. MY husband has the best grilling technique and gets compliments from all of oour guests. I am known for the baking part and Banana Creme cookies are my specialty! Kid approved and parent devoured!!!! Happy 4th to all my fellow Military families and God bless.


Jenn P July 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Filipino Cantaloupe drink (Sa Malamig)

1/2 cantaloupe shredded (1.5 cups)
1 cup sugar
2 Liters/quarts ice water

Cut cantaloupe in half, scrape out the seeds and cut off the rind. Shred the cantaloupe in a food processor and then put the shredded cantaloupe into a 2 quart pitcher. Add one cup of sugar and stir it well. Let it sit for about 15 minutes so the sugar will draw the cantaloupe juice out. Add ice and enough water to make 2 quarts of drink. Mix it well and pour it into glasses–shredded cantaloupe and all. Eat the cantaloupe shreds as you drink the juice.


Johnny W. July 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Hot Dogs and Cold Beer.


CAROL J. July 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

potatoe saled with cut tomatoes on top


Sycil S. July 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I love Asian Lettuce Wraps


Iveth G. July 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Grilled pepper, onions, and mushrooms with Italian sausage.


Alisa G. July 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

My mom’s Sour Cream Cucumbers are the best!


ashley o. July 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Mine is making a boston butt and homemade bake beans


Michael H. July 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Pulled-Pork Sandwich with coleslaw on it. I spend all day smoking a pork shoulder then the shredding and enjoying begins.


Francene K. July 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm

BBQ Ribs, chicken, Johnsonville Italian Sausages with potato salad, cucumber/onion/tomato salad, baked beans, hamburgers/hotdogs for the little ones. Chilled sweet tea and chilled wine.


Sarah P. July 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm

My favorite July 4th dish is potato salad. It’s always delicious and goes great with any main dishes!


phil July 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm

bite size egg rolls with homemade plum sauce and beer


Gregory F. July 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Patriot Bombs (to Drink):
Vodka, Blue Curacao, Grenadine

Red Jell-O Pudding Pie for dessert!


barbara b. July 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Pickled cucumbers


Cathy V July 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Orangesicle Cheesecake Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies (or cake)
1 box white cake mix
1 and 1/2 cups of orange soda

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting for filling
8 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup butter
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 to 3 cups powdered sugar (depending on consistency and taste)

For cake portion-
Mix cake mix, orange soda in a bowl. Spoon into whoopie pie pan and bake for approximately 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

For Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
With electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in large bowl until smooth. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until desired consistency and sweetness is reached.

Alternatively you can bake the cake in an 8 x8 pan and top with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting


Rebecca L. July 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

BBQ ribs on an open grill 🙂


Sandra E July 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Learning to cool and new pots and pans would make it much easier and desirable to cook


CHRISTOPHER C. July 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm



Crystal W. July 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I ALWAYS make gooey bars for dessert….

1 Box yellow cake mix, 1 egg and 1 stick of butter for the bottom…mix really well and press in the bottom… of 8×11 dish….
Then I put a layer of fruit..usually strawberries and blueberries….
Then mix: 1 thing of cream cheese, 1tsp of vanilla 1/2 lb of powdered sugar and 2 eggs..
Put over the fruit and back at 350 for 40-45 minutes…
Pull out to completely cool…after room temp I generally place in the fridge for awhile…

So Yummy! Happy 4th all, I’ll be making some for my soldier and his battle buddies!


megan July 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Black bean salsa with avocado, tomato, cumin, onions and sweet corn on the cob. It’s colorful and always tastes amazing. The perfect place to congregate at any get together is around the dip.


Esther V. July 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

My favorite dish is pasta salad!


brittney g. July 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Broccoli Salad and pecan pie


April M. July 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Hamburgers and hotdogs!


Jolene S. July 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Potato Salad
-red potatoes
– chopped yellow onion
– Olive oil (EVOO)
– garlic


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