What better occasion than America’s birthday, the Fourth of July, to set your table with red, white and blue?
There are lots of red foods to serve, but in a heat wave, what could be more cooling than watermelon? Get the smaller, seedless variety– Pick’n Save has whole seedless watermelons on sale this week for $4.88 each, while Piggly Wiggly has them for just $3.99 apiece. To serve, cut the melon in half, and place each half face down on a serving plate. Cut vertically from the center outwards, all around, and you will have refreshing, easy-to-retrieve slices for your guests.
Tomatoes come in a variety of colors, but red predominates. If you buy the Roma variety (Piggly Wiggly stores have them on sale this week for $1.49 a pound), you can slice them crosswise and lay the slices, overlapping, across a platter covered with lettuce slices. Alternate them with thin slices of mozzarella cheese for a red-and-white salad that’s spectacular. (Drizzle it with olive oil and fresh basil leaves and it’s delicious!
What about a bowl of cut up tomatoes with sweet Vidalia onions? Pick’n Save has both on sale this week– on-the-vine tomatoes for $1.49 a pound, and Vidalia onions for 99¢ a pound– and for an even bigger bargain, Balistreri’s Sendiks stores have the tomatoes for $1.29 a pound. (If you add jalapeno peppers and cilantro, it’s salsa, but you can spread the chopped tomato and onion mixture on fresh Italian or sourdough bread as a bruschetta.)
What else is white? How about an angel food cake? Top it with fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries and vanilla ice cream for a sweet and cooling summer dessert that’s as patriotic as they come. At Pick’n Save this week, a pound of strawberries is $2.50, a pound of organic strawberries is $2.99, and a pint of blueberries is $2.50. At Balistreri’s Sendik’s stores, a pound of strawberries is just $2.00, and that’s the price of a six-ounce package or raspberries or blueberries there as well.
Blue foods are hard to find, but of course, blueberries are in season. Add them to veggie salads or cut up cantaloupe. They’re always a sweet discovery in your salad bowl.
What else is blue? What about blue corn chips? Break them out along with the (white) onion dip, and add slices of red pepper for dipping as well. (Pick’n Save has red bell peppers for $1.49 a pound this week.) Or mix up a bleu cheese dip (all you have to do is mix sour cream with crumbled bleu cheese to make it) and serve it drizzled over tomatoes and red peppers. There you have it, red, white and blue foods for your Fourth of July table.