A ’09 Twist on ’80s July 4th Treats!


Say Hello (Again) to Flag Cakes and Jell-O

I don’t know about you, but Fourth of July makes me think fondly of some of the holiday themed recipes my mom used to make. As I was thinking back to summer foods of the ’80s, it occurred to me that some of my childhood faves were also incredibly frugal!

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So, let’s dust off some of my mom’s stand-bys – with a little gussying up, these treats will be as good as new!  Think of it this way – if you found a vintage Diane von Furstenberg dress in your mother’s closet – would you throw it away? Of course not!  But you might update it with some modern accessories and it would be as perfect in 2009 as in 1981.  Well, I think of my mom’s holiday dishes the same way!  With a few Fab & Fru twists to dress them up, these oldies but goodies are still just like heaven.  Many thanks to Nancy Laskow for providing us with some of our favorite recipes for a Fab & Fru Fourth!

jell-o.jpg Hell-O, Jell-O

pastasalad.jpg Firecracker Pasta Salad

bleu cheese crackers.jpg Red, White & ‘Bleu’

sangria_jug.jpg Celebratory Sangria

flag_cake1.jpg This One Takes the (Pound) Cake

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