Patriotic Picnic

Patriotic Picnic

Strike up the band and fire up the grill! It’s Old Glory’s greatest day of the year, and the barbecue’s finest hour.

 On the menu:

Grilled Romaine

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Makes: 4 servings

  • 1 romaine lettuce heart

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon zesty herb marinade

  • 8 teaspoons ranch dressing


Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Oil grates when ready to start grilling.

Cut romaine in half lengthwise.

In a small bowl, combine olive oil and herb marinade mix. Brush evenly over romaine. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until tender.

Cut romaine halves in half lengthwise. Drizzle each with 2 teaspoons ranch dressing. Serve.

Homemade Marshmallows



  • 1 cup Confectioners’ sugar divided, Domino®

  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin

  • 1 cup water divided

  • 3 cups sugar Domino®

  • 1 cup light corn syrup

  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with wax paper. Sift 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar evenly over wax paper.

  2. In the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer, soften gelatin in 1/2 cup water. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  3. In a large saucepan, combine remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; boil for 1 minute.

  4. Turn mixer on low. Add vanilla to gelatin mixture. Slowly add hot sugar mixture. Increase speed to high; beat for 10 minutes, or until thick. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Sift evenly with remaining 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar. Let stand.

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