What Makes This The Land of The Free?

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Happy Birthday America, Sweet Land of Liberty!

As much as we have a passion for food and cooking, holidays, of course, have significance beyond what we’re eating. In addition to roasting a big beautiful turkey on Thanksgiving, we spend time giving thanks and sharing our gratitude. On Independence Day, we relish our cheeseburgers, while letting FREEDOM ring!

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Forever in Peace May You Wave

“The American Revolution was not simply a rebellion against the King of England, it was a rebellion against being ruled by kings in general. That is why the opening salvo of the American Revolution was called the shot heard round the world.” Thomas Sowell

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bbq burgers

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, IN CONGRESS July 4, 1776.

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burgers on grill

beach picnic

picnic salads

“There is no rational reason why a small republican experiment in 1776 grew to dominate global culture and society — except that America is the only nation, past or present, that put trust in the individual rather than in the state and its elite bureaucracy. Such confidence in the average free citizen made America absolutely exceptional.” Victor Davis Hanson


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all-american hamburger

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all-american cheeseburger

onion cheeseburger

“It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” John Adams



E Pluribus Unum – Latin for From Many, One. Composed of people of every religious, racial, ethnic, cultural and national origin, America’s original national motto describes the action of many people uniting into one people – Americans.

One Dessert


Warm White Peach & Blackberry Cobbler

peach blackberry cobbler

On this day, 235 years ago, we chose to become the United States of America, a free nation, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. This is what we proudly celebrate…

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…from sea to shining sea.

Summer Fest

If that Warm White Peach & Blackberry Cobbler got you dreaming about summer peaches, you might enjoy taking a peek at other peachy Summer Fest ideas…

What’s Gaby Cooking: Peach and Blueberry Cobbler
CIA Dropout: Peachy Keen Panna Cotta
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Easy Peach Preserves
Daily Dishin: Fresh Peaches and Cream No-Bake Pie
Cooking with Books: Peaches and Cream Cheesecake
Cooking With My Kid: Peach & Friends Cobbler Pie
White on Rice Couple: Peach Heirloom Tomato Salad
Cooking With Elise: Bruschetta with Grilled Peach Chutney
FN Dish: Summer Fest: Peach Recipes
Recipe Girl: Fresh Peach Pie
A Way to Garden: Farm Fresh Peaches Frozen to Perfection
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Fresh Peach Cookies
Sassy Radish: Peach, Apricot and Blueberry Cobbler with a Cornmeal Crust
Sweet Life : Sweet Peach Ancho Chile Salsa
Indian Simmer: Indian Peach Gujiya
Pinch My Salt: Creamy Peach Smoothie
Dixie Chik Cooks: Peach Cobbler
Food2: 5 Killer Peach Flavored Cocktails
Healthy Eats: 8 Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Eat Peaches
Cooking Channel: Peaches on the Grill
Add a Pinch: My Grandmother’s Peach Cobbler
And Love It Too: Pan Seared Salmon with Fresh Peach Salsa
The Sensitive Epicure: A Summer Peach Tart, Gluten-Free
From My Corner of Saratoga: Double Caramel Peaches
She Wears Many Hats: Peach Wontons
I Am Mommy: Peach Bread

31 thoughts on “What Makes This The Land of The Free?”

  1. Wonderful post – beautifully photographed and the food….I realize it’s bad form to crash a party, but may I?

  2. Amazing work of art! You create beauty in your work with such depth of reality.
    When is your book going to be published?????
    You are awesome!

  3. Beautifully, Lori. Simply beautiful.

    Your quotations put all in perspective and gave meaning to the event.


  4. I really enjoyed reading this post. Individuality definitely brings all of us together. Delicious looking food and great photos! That warm cobbler looks amazing!

  5. Another wonderfully photographed event! You did a great job with the quotes and made our 4th truly memorable. Thanks

  6. You know, I complain and moan about this and that in the USA but every day I give thanks that I was born here. And every day I give thanks that we have the means to feed ourselves so beautifully. And LL, you just feed my spirit with the post. (And made me a tad hungry for a burger… on a beach.)

  7. Fantastic post! I liked it; so, I’m a new follower. Please, come on to visit my blog and to know a little bit of the brazilian cook.

    Hugs from Brazil!


  8. Hi Lori Lynn, I hope your well! Happy belated Independence Day! What a fabulous beach summer fest.. love all the photo’s. .you always have the greatest feasts!

    Laurie.. (dalla mia cucina)
    I’m now blogging at a new location.. as of recent. 🙂

  9. I have really and truly missed visiting your home on the web. It is always so inviting and scrumptious. Catching up on your posts has been exciting.

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