4th of July

Top 5 Red, White & Blue Desserts

Ready for fireworks? I’m not talking Roman candles, either—I’m talking the oohs and ahhs that will commence when you set down a tray of brightly colored goodies in front of your July 4th guests. And honestly, who can blame them? Desserts too often hide in shades of brown and white (not that I’m knockin’ chocolate, mind you…). But just in time for Independence Day, treats take a turn toward the bright and beautiful—a trend spurred on by the abundance of ripe red and blue berries. So in honor of our nation’s birthday, here are a few of my favorite patriotic treats, including berry-topped mini cheesecakes, a stunning ice cream cake and that grand ol’ showstopper, an American flag cake.

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My One Trick for Making Perfect Burgers

Anytime my friends and family get together around a grill, I get to hear all kinds of theories on how to cook the perfect burger. Sometimes the tips are practical and sometimes they’re just crazy—believe me, the perfect burger has nothing to do with the feng shui of your kitchen. So what does matter? The shape of your patty. And there’s one extremely simple thing you can do to make sure you get it right. Just watch this video to see how it’s done. Continue reading