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July Produce Guide

July is the perfect season for backyard BBQs, pool parties and everything else fun in the sun. We have put together a list full of perfect snacking and fresh fruits and veggies that will be ripe all month long.

Cherries

Cherries are the superfood of summer. They contain vitamin c and a ton of fiber with no fat or cholesterol. Use them in your favorite cherry pie recipe or snack on them all by themselves.

Blueberries

Blueberries are low in calories and high in nutrients to keep you feeling great all summer long! For delicious blueberry pancakes, follow this recipe.

Watermelon

Did you know that watermelons come in 1200 different varieties??? These sweet summertime fruits are a perfect snack for any occasion!

Corn

Corn is grown on every continent but one, Antarctica. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin B. Put corn right on the grill or add them into your favorite salsa.

Broccoli

Broccoli might have originated in Italy, but today most of the broccoli we eat here in the US are grown in California. This great vegetable is full of vitamins and nutrients that make your meals healthy and delicious!

watermelon, blueberry and feta salad

Patriotic Fruit Salad

Nothing is quite as refreshing on a hot summer day as a watermelon salad. For a simple and quick salad, follow the instructions below.

Ingredients:

1/2 large watermlon

4 oz. blueberries

4 oz. feta

1 cup lime juice

Instructions:

Add watermelon, blueberries, and feta into a large bowl. Toss with lime juice and serve cold.

DIY Patriotic Candy Poppers

A great activity for this patriotic week–everyone is sure to have a blast making these patriotic candy poppers.

What you’ll need:

  • toilet paper tubes
  • scrapbook or cardstock paper
  • tissue paper
  • ribbon/string
  • candy and confetti
  • adhesive-hot glue gun, glue sticks, double stick tap, glue dots or tape runner
  • scissors

Steps:

1.Measure the length of your toilet paper tubes and cut a strip of scrapbook or cardstock paper to wrap around it. Use adhesive to secure.

2. Cut a piece of tissue paper that will fit inside the toilet paper tube–the circumference. Line the bottom inside edge of the tube with adhesive. Press the tissue paper on adhesive all around the inside circumference. This will the be the tail of your popper.

3. Gather the tissue paper together once adhered to tube and tie with ribbon or string. Cut off excess tissue paper. You only need a few inches of tissue paper below where the ribbon/string is tied.

4. Cut a large half circle out of scrapbook/cardstock paper and roll into a cone. Trim to desired length.

5. Fill tubes with candy and confetti. Line the top edge of toilet paper tube with adhesive and secure cone top onto the tube.

6. When you are ready to celebrate hold the toilet paper tube and pull the tied tissue paper section and POP to get your sweet surprise!

Cherry Pie

Easy Food Club® Cherry Cream Pie

Cherry cream pie

Cherry yourself up with this no-bake cherry cream pie. This pie is very simple, but packs a punch with the best backyard BBQ flavors around.

Ingredients:

1 Food Club® graham cracker pie crust

1 can Food Club® sweetened condensed milk

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 cup Food Club® whipped topping

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

Large can of cherry pie filling

Instructions:

Mix sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and whipped topping in a large bowl until smooth. Add vanilla and almond extract. Pour mixture into pie crust and smooth. Top with cherry pie filling. Chill for 2-4 hours and serve cold. Enjoy!

watermelon and blueberry star shaped skewers

Fruit Sparklers

watermelon and blueberry star shaped skewers

These fruit sparklers are sure to be the star of your 4th of July festivities. They’re easy to make, and even easier to enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 whole watermelon

16 oz fresh blueberries

Skewers

Instructions:

Slice watermelon into 1 inch thick, vertical slices. Then use a small star shaped cookie cutter to make your shapes. This is possible to achieve from making a star out of a knife, which we wish you luck on this endeavor!

Add about 10 blueberries onto your skewers, and leave a bit of room at the bottom for room to hold.

Add your watermelon star to the top of the skewer and your fruit sparklers are ready to go. Cover and refrigerate for a later snack. Enjoy!

Tin Foil S’mores

You’ll be wanting s’more of these tin-foil s’mores! Perfecly toast your marshmallows and melt your chocolate with this easy over-the-coals cooking method.

Ingredients:

8 Graham cracker sheets

8 Marshmallows

4 Chocolate bars

Directions:

Lay a 12inch x 18 inch sheet of foil on a flat surface. Place 4 graham crackers in a line and top with chocolate bars, marshmallows and top with remaining graham crackers. Cover with another 12inch x 18inch piece of foil and crimp the edges to seal.

Place on hot coals near flames for 4-5 minutes on each side. Enjoy!

Culinary Tours Grilled Harissa Chicken Glaze

Ingredients: 

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves 

2 tablespoons Culinary Tours Harissa Sauce, plus more for serving 

¼ cup honey 

1 teaspoon white vinegar 

1 garlic clove minced 

Culinary Tours Tunisian Olive Oil 

¼ cup Cilantro, optional  

Directions: 

In a small saucepan add Culinary Tours Harissa Sauce, honey, vinegar and garlic. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Whisk until sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Heat grill over medium high heat. Brush chicken with Tunisian Olive Oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill chicken 5 minutes on the first side. Flip chicken and cook another 4 minutes or until cooked through, and brush cooked side with glaze. Flip and cook a few seconds on the glaze side. Brush chicken with remaining glaze and serve topped with optional cilantro. 

Salmon Tin Foil Dinner

If you’re headed to the great outdoors and looking for a quick, easy and simply delicious campfire dinner, look no further. Try this lemon salmon!

Ingredients:

1 salmon fillet

1 tsp. olive oil

Salt and lemon pepper to taste

2-6 asparagus spears

1 lemon slice

Directions:

Lay one salmon fillet and asparagus spears on 12 inch x 12 inch foil sheet and top with olive oil, salt and lemon pepper, and lemon slice. Add another 12 inch x 12 inch foil sheet on top and secure with bottom foil sheet by folding together. Put on top of hot coals just outside of the high heat and flame zone.

Let cook for 25-30 minutes and flip halfway through. Once done, unwrap and enjoy!


Dad Rocks!

Tell dad he rocks with this simple activity you can do with your kids in an afternoon.

Things you’ll need:

Rocks, washed and dried

Variety of paint

Paint brushes

Table cloth or protective sheet

Instructions:

Simply paint the rocks with items dad loves!

Dad’s Epic Ice Cream Floats

Mix up your ice cream float flavors at home with a variety of sodas. Enjoy the creamy tang of and orange float, extra vanilla with vanilla cream or the classic root beer float.

Ingredients:

1 scoop vanilla ice cream

1 cup flavored soda