Summer Dinners

We are in the trenches of summer and today is a day to embrace the hot temperatures with delicious food and celebrate the brave Americans who have fought for our country. Here are some of my favorite 4th of July recipes.

In remembrance of these brave Americans take a moment of silence, display an American Flag on your porch, share a heartwarming story from a personal experience with family and friends. 

After you’ve taken your moment it’s time to celebrate our great country, so get out your barbq grills, dust off your cobbler pans and start chopping up your vegetables. A few of our favorite forth of July recipes cashew coleslaw, and sweet and tangy ribs!

Creamy coleslaw

Time: 90 minutes                
Servings: 6-8


1-½ cups of cabbage, shredded

¼ radicchio, shredded

1 cup shredded carrots (pre-shredded at the grocery store is fine)

¼ cup parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons Best Foods Mayonnaise

1 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

Kosher Salt 

Cracked fresh pepper


In a small mixing bowl add mayo, dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk everything together. 

In large bowl add the cabbage, radicchio, parsley, and carrots.

Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture.

Toss everything together and let it sit in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours (for softer coleslaw rest overnight) and serve.

Baby Back BBQ Ribs

Time: 90 minutes                
Servings: 6-8


2 slabs baby back ribs

2-½ c BBQ sauce (a sweeter BBQ sauce made from molasses)

1 onion peeled and halved

1 carrot, peeled

¼ cup canola oil

1 T paprika

½ T salt

½ t pepper

Salt and Pepper to taste


First cut the top and the bottom off the onion. Then peel the outer layer of the onion. Next cut the onion half.  

Cut the top of the carrot off and peel it. Then cut it into large chunks. 

Remove the ribs from the package and dry them. 

Next in a large pot, fill it almost to the top with water (leave enough room for the ribs).  Add the onion, carrot, and ½ cup barbq sauce to the water and mix. 

Bring the water to a boil and add both slabs of ribs.  Boil for 35 minutes. 

When finished remove them from the pot and set them on a cookie sheet. 

Pour the oil over the ribs and rub the paprika, salt, and pepper into the ribs.

Next heat the grill to a medium high heat.  

Place the ribs on the grill, presentation side down (turn down the heat directly under the ribs). Cook them for 15 minutes and then flip. Cook for another 10 minutes and then baste every few minutes for an additional 10 minutes.

Once they are golden brown remove them from the grill.

When ready to serve cut them into three bone segments (Tip: to cut the ribs from the underneath rather than from the top), serve with BBQ sauce.