Sunday, July 7, 2013

July 4th Celebration 2013

I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July weekend.  We celebrated with the Mastel side this year; sitting by the pool, playing with all the kids, and running around with sparklers.  Here are the recipes that the Mastel's had at the picnic this year.


My adorable niece, nephew, and their cousin Rowan.


The most amazing fried chicken sandwich ever!  Make this now.  I would add extra slaw, as the sweet tang is fantastic.  We also put the spicy mayo on the top and bottom buns.  Ready, set, go!

Here is the basic recipe for the strawberry balsamic cupcakes I brought to the 4th.  I reduced the strawberry reduction down to a jammy consistency, so the sugars were even more concentrated.  For the cupcake part I adapted Magnolia's Vanilla Cupcake recipe just slightly by adding 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder to get more lift, along with using a combination of AP and cake flours.

Sadly, no one wanted any of the strawberry balsamic ice cream or vanilla ice cream I made.  It was divine with the cupcakes.  Oh well, more for me.