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Red, White & Blue Potato Salad- 4th of July Menu

4th of July Menu

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

With blue cheese and creamy sour cream, this potato salad is delicious and festive for 4th of July.

Memorial Day potato salad

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • Petite Red, White & Blue (purple, actually- but close enough) Potatoes (I found the perfect ones at Trader Joe’s)- 3 lbs cleaned and quartered
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles- 8 oz.
  • Sour Cream- 12 oz.
  • Salt- 1 tablespoon

Instructions

  1. Heat oven on Broil
  2. Place potato chunks onto baking sheet and season with salt
  3. Drizzle olive oil over potatoes and toss loosely to distribute oil
  4. Cook until potatoes are brown, approximately 35 minutes
  5. Transfer to mixing bowl
  6. Add blue cheese and sour cream to potatoes and toss
  7. Serve warm or chilled
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Our Red, White & Blue Potato Salad is part of a complete 4th of July grilling menu.  These simple holiday recipes are easy to make and delicious. Print out a complete Grocery Shopping List for this menu below!

4th July Steak

Herb Marinated Flank Steak


memorial day menu

 

 

Grilled Herb Flank Steak

I marinate my steak about two days in advance, so come grill day the steak is ready to cook- saving me lots of time.

Memorial Day Steak Recipe

Grilled Herb Flank Steak

Ingredients

  • Flank Steak 3-4 lbs, cut into 2-inch strips against the grain
  • Dijon Mustard - 1 cup (no need to measure exactly- it's more than half of a 12oz. bottle)
  • Red Wine Vinegar- 1/3 cup
  • Soy Sauce- 1/4 cup
  • Dried Oregano & Basil- 1 tablespoon each

Instructions

  1. Marinate steak a day or two in advance
  2. Make Marinade:
  3. Combine mustard, vinegar, soy sauce and herbs; mix well
  4. Place sliced steak into large zip-top baggie or shallow container
  5. Cover with marinade and coat steak evenly
  6. Seal and place in refrigerator to marinate
  7. Time To Grill:
  8. Remove steak from marinade directly to hot grill
  9. Cook until brown on both sides and desired wellness
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Summer Vegetable Cavatappi Salad

Memorial Day pasta salad recipe

Summer Vegetable Cavatappi Salad

Summer Vegetable Cavatappi Salad

Ingredients

  • Cavatappi Pasta- 1 lb
  • Zucchini & Squash- 1 each, diced into half-chunks
  • Red Grape Tomatoes- 1 pint, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Yellow Grape Tomatoes- 1 pint, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Olive oil- 1/2 cup
  • Salt- 1 teaspoon
  • Parmesan cheese- 8 oz., shredded or grated

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta in salted water until tender
  2. Drain pasta reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water, then rinse pasta under cool water
  3. Transfer cooled pasta to salad bowl
  4. Heat oven to Broil
  5. Place zucchini, squash and tomato slices onto baking sheet and season with salt
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to cover vegetables
  7. Cook until vegetable are tender and tomatoes begin to release juice, approximately 12 minutes
  8. Add vegetables with juice to pasta along with pasta water, then toss
  9. Top with Parmesan cheese
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The Grocery Shopping List

Print the below grocery shopping list for this entire menu here:

Gourmet 4th of July Menu Grocery Shopping List

Gourmet 4th of July Menu Grocery Shopping List

Ingredients

  • Flank Steak 3-4 lbs
  • Petite Red, White & Blue (purple, actually- but close enough) Potatoes (I found the perfect ones at Trader Joe’s)- 3 lbs
  • Zucchini & Squash- 1 each
  • Red Grape Tomatoes- 1 pint
  • Yellow Grape Tomatoes- 1 pint
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles- 8 oz.
  • Parmesan cheese- 8 oz., shredded or grated
  • Sour Cream- 12 oz.
  • Cavatappi Pasta- 1 lb
  • Dijon Mustard - 12oz. bottle
  • Staples:
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Basil

Instructions

  1. This menu serves 6 people, so double for 10-12 people
  2. Check back to tonispilsbury.com for more holiday recipes!
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Summer Beverages

Homemade Summer Sangria. For the best sangria, prepare 2 days in advance.

Homemade Summer Sangria from Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

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Grilled London-Montreal Steak, Asparagus On The Grill & Spring Lemon Salad

Grilled London-Montreal Steak, Asparagus On The Grill & Lemon Spring Salad

Grilled London-Montreal Steak, Asparagus On The Grill & Lemon Spring Salad

Ingredients

  • beef top round steak- 2-3 lbs
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning- (McCormick's Grill Mates)
  • asparagus, fresh- 1-2lbs
  • spring & spinach lettuce salad mix- 16 oz.
  • lemon- 1, sliced in half
  • STAPLES
    Steak:
  • olive oil- ½ cup
  • red wine vinegar- 1/4 cup
  • minced garlic- 1 tbspn
  • Asparagus:
  • butter- 2 tbspns
  • olive oil- a few tablespoons
  • Salad:
  • olive oil- ¼ cup
  • white wine vinegar- 4 tbspns

Instructions

    For best results, marinate steak ahead of time, 2-3 hours to overnight.
    For Marinade:
  1. Combine olive oil, vinegar, garlic and seasoning (reserving a tablespoon of seasoning for salad)
  2. Place steak in shallow dish and pour marinade over the top.
  3. Cover and place in refrigerator to marinate.
  4. Grill steak on outdoor or indoor grill, turning once, until cooked to desired doneness, approximately 5 minute each side.
  5. Remove steak to carving platter or plate and let stand at least 10 minutes before slicing thin to serve.
  6. Asparagus:
  7. Double aluminum foil about a foot and half long.
  8. Place asparagus in the middle of foil; top with butter and drizzle with olive oil.
  9. Fold foil over to meet in the middle and fold in sides pinching together at the top.
  10. Grill next to steak until tender, approximately 15 minutes.
  11. Salad:
  12. Place salad lettuce in large mixing or salad bowl.
  13. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, juice squeezed from lemon and a tablespoon of Montreal seasoning.
  14. Drizzle over lettuce and toss.
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Weekly Meal Planning For Busy Families

Weekly Meal Plan

 

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Spooktacular Fall Favorites Twitter Party

This week we are having fun with Fall and Halloween. Let’s share some fun, easy, creative ways to get your family dinners in the fabulous Fall spirit this week.

One of our favorite Fall Favorites here at The Organized Cook is Dinner in a Pumpkin. This simple recipe turns an ordinary dinner into a Fall Favorite!

Dinner In A Pumpkin Casserole

serve in and with pumpkin

We all know Toni has some great ideas. We would love to hear yours! Whether you have a great idea to share or are looking for some inspiration, you are sure to have a good time this Thursday night at our #mealplanning twitter party!

If you’ve never been to a Twitter Party, and are not sure what to do, it’s simple:

  1. RSVP here to ensure your eligibility to win hosted giveaways
  2. Login to your Twitter account Thursday at the times below and search #mealplanning to join the party.
  3. Join in on the conversation.  We will be talking about family meal planning for busy moms, asking questions and listening to your questions and comments.  The more you engage in conversation, the greater your chances of winning the giveaway.

Prizes? Of course we do! 

  • 1 winner will receive a free week’s worth of family dinner groceries with a $100 Visa GiftCard
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    The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System

We have some amazing prizes that will be given away during the party! Again, to win a prize you must:

  1. RSVP by leaving a comment on this post below that includes your twitter ID.
  2. Tweet during the party time using the #mealplanning hashtag
  3. Follow @OrganizedCook on Twitter

 

Extra entries. Leave a comment for EACH extra entry you complete:

  • Each tweet below is worth one entry (up to 5 a day allowed).  Leave a link to your tweet in your comment.
    1. Looking forward to learning some simple Fall Favorites @OrganizedCook twitter party Thurs 10/20 #mealplanning  http://bit.ly/qaE4Ap
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  • Take a look at Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving. Leave a comment below telling us which dish you would most like the recipe for. If you already have, pick a new one this week.
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Rules:

Beginning 8:00 PM MST October 20, 2011 and ending 9:00 PM MST October 20, 2011 The Organized Cook brand on Twitter at http://twitter.com/organizedcook will send discussion questions in the form of tweets to the Twitter community asking them to “tweet” answers via Twitter. To be eligible to win you must have RSVP prior to drawing time and be tweeting with the hashtag #mealplanning during the party time. Seven winners will be chosen by random.org from the comment entries at drawing time and party participation will be verified. Winners will be announced during the party. Open to US residents 18 and over.

 

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