4th of July or Memorial Day Table photo by Kathy Miller

On the 4th of July, Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  They celebrate with family and friends while listening to patriotic songs, watching fireworks, and waving the Red, White and Blue.  It’s a day worthy of celebration.

A Miller Family rule is any proper celebration requires themed cuisine and we turn to the old standby of red, white and blue!  Some favorite staples, true to theme, include watermelon for red, french onion dip for white, and blueberry cobbler for blue.  Please enjoy the following family recipes.


 The 4th of July would not be the same without serving watermelon…one way or another.  This year, try appetizer skewers, using three traditional combinations.  So refreshing and cool.

Watermelon, chunks of feta and basil…cantaloupe, prosciutto, and mozzarella balls…and that old favorite caprese salad, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls and basil.

Watermelon, feta and basil; Cantaloupe, prosciutto, mozzarella; and tomato, mozzarella and basil skewers photo by Kathy Miller


Watermelon Salad Skewers
  • watermelon cubes
  • feta cubes
  • basil leaves
Cantaloupe, Prosciutto, Mozzarella Salad Skewers
  • cantaloupe balls
  • prosciutto slices
  • mozzarella balls
  • basil leaves
Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil Caprese Skewers
  • grape tomatoes
  • mozzarella balls
  • basil leaves


  1. Alternate ingredients on skewers.
  2. Drizzle with a little olive oil.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  4. Serve chilled.

By KathyMillerTime via Gloria MacDonald


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Another old standby…French Onion Dip!  Homemade!  Much better than the Lipton Onion Soup mix which has gluten.  This French Onion Salt by Heidi Swanson can be used in many dishes, but combined with sour cream…brings back lots of memories.

Home made French Onion Dip photo by Kathy Miller


  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped dried chives
  • 1 pint sour cream


  1. In a jar with a lid, combine the minced onion, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and chives.
  2.  Store the salt at room temperature for up to 6 months.
  3. Add French Onion Salt to sour cream to taste.

Kathy's Note

I found this recipe for French Onion Salt by Heidi Swanson in Epicurious.  Heidi uses this in many dishes.  I added to taste to sour cream for the perfect French Onion Dip.  Yes it is better than the Lipton Onion Dip Mix which contains gluten!

By KathyMillerTime
Heidi Swanson Natural Simple


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A favorite dessert this 4th of July  is this Blueberry Pecan Cobbler. The pecans in the center make it ultra special.

Blueberry Pecan Cobbler with pecans first layer photo by Kathy Miller

Blueberry Pecan Cobbler photo by Kathy Miller

Blueberry Cobbler with pecans photo by Kathy Miller


  • 4 pints fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 15 ounce package refrigerated pie crusts, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Bring first 7 ingredients to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat; stir until sugar melts. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.
  3. Spoon half of blueberry mixture into a lightly greased 8-inch square pan. Roll 1 piecrust to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut an 8 inch square. Place over blueberry mixture; sprinkle with pecans.
  4. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Spoon remaining blueberry mixture over baked crust.
  5. Roll remaining pie crust to 1/8 inch thickness, and cut into 1 inch strips. Place in lattice design over blueberry mixture. Place pan on a baking sheet on middle oven rack. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden.
  6. Serve with ice cream.


I made this in a souffle dish. Turned out perfectly. The pecans and center pie crust give this cobbler a unique twist.

By KathyMillerTime
Adapted from from a long ago Southern Living


Recipe Printed from

Memorial Day Table photo by Kathy Miller


Come celebrate with us. We’ll save you a seat at the table!



  • Charlie Albright says:

    You never cease to amaze me Kathy. Hope to see you soon.

    • Kathy Miller says:

      Happy happy 4th of July Charlie and Rosemary! The onion dip was always a favorite of our kids when they would visit their grandparents Pops and Glo😎

  • Bobbie Beautiful says:

    Bobbie Beautiful says:
    July 1, 2021 at 8:37 am
    Dearest Kathy. Thank you for update! To no surprise, you put the pandemic to work for you. As far as your Fourth of July menu is concerned, I can eat French onion dip all day long! ❤️

  • Kathy Miller says:

    Hello Bobbie Beautiful and a very happy 4th to you!!!! Oh just give me some French Onion Dip! xoxo the dip and you!

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