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Party Planning: Cooking for a Fourth of July Barbecue

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Happy Independence Day! Barbecues are one of the most common ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, as they offer endless options for families, groups of friends, offices, and communities to gather together to celebrate the U.S.A’s birthday. Backyards, public parks, on balconies and rooftops, and in a pinch – even a griddle over the stove will do the trick!  Plus, a barbecue can be one of the easiest events to host. There aren’t many rules, decorations are optional, and the only real requirement is the food. 

The simplicity and celebration of summer brings back so many childhood memories for all of us here at Emma Approved. Here are some suggestions from our team for your Fourth of July celebration feast. Continue reading

ASK KNIGHTLEY: COOKING ADVICE

When I said that I would answer questions about cooking, I didn’t realize that so many of you would take me up on it. I’ve enlisted my friend Annie, who’s an amazing chef and lifestyle expert, to help me out with a few of your questions, including actually writing out the recipes for some of my ideas. I’m a decent cook, but she’s a bit more knowledgeable and creative in the kitchen than I am.

Alexis in the kitchenAnnie showing off her mad culinary skills.

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Tis the seasoning

Hello my lovelies!  The holiday season is upon us and for those of you in the U.S., Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  It’s a time for loved ones to gather, usually for an extravagant meal, and whoever prepares it becomes an artist in the kitchen with the audience of the year. I’m sure that this close to the day, you already have your plans mapped out and the shopping completed, but if you’re still wondering how to make the event just a little more special, I’ve asked my dear friend Annie for a few suggestions to share with you.  Annie is a marvelous cook, and has given me a few super simple recipes for rustic, artisan side dishes that can be used to spice up your Thanksgiving spread or as vegetarian alternatives.  They all use seasonal produce, so whenever possible look for organic options or buy items fresh from your local farmer’s market.  The perfect hostess is always sensitive to the dietary needs of her guests, so in any of the dishes below, you can substitute in soy, almond, or rice milk; your favorite alternative sweetener; soy yogurt or vegan butter.  Bon appetit!

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