Fourth Of July Celebration

Planning our annual Fourth of July get together requires a lot of work but this year I decided to make life a bit easier!

Between my busy schedule, I had time for just one stop to get everything I needed and decided to make it my local Stop & Shop.

First, I grabbed paper goods, a blue tablecloth, red napkins and fresh cut flowers. I picked up some perfectly patriotic mini cupcakes, donut holes and fresh sugar cookies. I was really impressed by how fresh and delicious they all looked.

I love to bake, especially in the summer when so many fruits are in season. I picked up some fresh blueberries to make a clafoutis, a dessert thats easy to make and requires few ingredients. From paper goods to pastries, fresh ingredients to beautiful flowers, I was in and out with everything I needed!

I saved a lot of time and was able to get it all in just one stop!






Chicken with roasted vegetables


1/2 cup butternut squash diced small
1/2 cup sweet potato diced small
1/2 cup carrots diced small
1 onions diced small
1 whole chicken
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
2 tbsp olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400. Arrange the vegetables on the bottom of on oven proof dish. In a small bowl, mix the spices and the oil. Place the chicken on top of the vegetable. Sprinkle everything with the spice mixture. Bake uncovered for about 1 hour, until the chicken is golden brown.

Oven roasted salmon

2 pieces of salmon fillet with skin on
3 medium size tomatoes
1 onion
1 zucchini
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 tbsp Garlic powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp of cumin
1 tbsp of olive Oil
1/3 cup of fresh chopped cilantro

Preheat the oven to 400. Slice the tomatoes, zucchini and onion very thin. Arrange on a baking tray, sprinkle salt and pepper.
Place the fish on top of the vegetables, sprinkle a little bit more salt, pepper, paprika and cumin. Drizzle the olive oil. Garnish with chopped cilantro on top.
Bake uncovered for 30min. Serve warm.



*all ingredients are available at Seasons Kosher!

Cornish Hen with brown rice 

One Cornish hen 1 cup of cooked brown rice 

1 cup of fresh mushrooms sliced

1 tsp of honey 

Salt & pepper

1/3 cup of fresh cilantro chopped 

Juice from 1 lemon 

Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over the Cornish hen. Stuff with brown rice. Arrange the mushrooms around. Drizzle some olive oil and lemon juice over the cornish hen and 1 tsp of honey. Garnish with fresh cilantro on top. 

Bake uncovered for 45 minutes to an hour. 

All fresh ingredients avaiblable at Seasons Kosher!