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The second  summer holiday is upon us.  Most of us just think about hot dogs and hamburgers when we think of July 4th festivities. Here is a different way to celebrate America’s independence .

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These aren’t your typical hot dog and hamburger ideas.

In any event, check out these 4th of July recipes for a festive meal:  

Fried green tomatoes Get the meal started with these delicious delicacies picked from your garden. You can whip up a dipping sauce in advance or just dip the tomatoes in egg and flour and then fry. There are hundreds of variations on the basic recipe, so if you’ve never made fried green tomatoes before try it and see where it takes you.

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Spicy chicken wings This recipe will give you lots of ideas for several other flavor combinations. Start off with the marinade mix featuring kosher salt, dried thyme, dry mustard, sweet paprika and cayenne pepper and see where it takes you. And remember, you don’t need to fry these wings. Go easy on your circulatory system by baking instead.

Pepper slaw Here’s the perfect side dish for the cookout. This variation on traditional coleslaw features red bell peppers for a contrasting color and a slight hint of sweet flavor.  

Summer corn recipes Corn is another great ingredient for side dishes. We’ve got five classic recipes for corn, including corn on the cob, corn chowder and corn and avocado salsa.  corn recipes.

Shrimp boil What’s more festive in the summertime than an old-fashioned shrimp boil? Our featured recipe is guaranteed to leave everyone with a good red pepper glow by the end of the meal.

What are you preparing for the holiday?

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