Today I don’t really have a recipe to share, but I have something fun to giveaway and a couple of fun ideas for the 4th of July. Of course both of these ideas involve food!
The first thing I want to share with you is a fun pan from DuPont called the Flip It. They were nice enough to give one to me to try and one for me to giveaway to my readers. This fun pan embeds an American flag image that shows up on the food when you cook it. You can use it to cook pancakes, french toast, grilled cheese, omelets, and crepes on your stove top. I decided to give the pancakes a try. In the booklet that comes with the pan it has some tips for using the pan. It suggest to make your pancake batter as follows: 1 heaping cup dry pancake mix, 1 egg, 1 tsp oil, 3/4 scant cup of milk. This recipe will make 3 large pancakes using 1/2 cup batter for each. I doubled the recipe. The pancakes looked great, but I wasn’t thrilled with the taste and texture that I got by following their recipe. Next time I’m gonna just make my regular pancake batter. My family however loved them. My oldest son said that they looked like Belgian pancakes because they were so big. There is a little problem that I did have making the pancakes. You need to make sure that you give the first side of the pancake plenty of time to cook. If you flip the pancake over too soon you end up with batter flying out the side of the pan. As a precautionary measure, just flip the Flip It over the sink. I really want to try french toast and grilled cheese in the pan now.
The other fun thing about the Flip It is the flag part of the pan is removable. You can take it out and use it to mold jello or bake shortcakes, quick breads, biscuits, etc in it. They also have different images you can purchase to change out for different holidays, etc. For DuPont Products check out http://www.teflon.com/.
Now one of you will get to win one of these fun pans thanks to DuPont. In order to be entered in the give away leave a comment telling what is your traditional 4th of July food item you must have every year at your celebration. Whether it’s hot dogs, potato salad, or homemade ice cream, let me know. You can enter up until midnight on July 4th. Then I will announce the winner on Monday July 6th.
Now another fun idea. This idea would be great to use for a favor, place setting, decoration, or whatever else you can think of. You only need two items. A box of individually wrapped Hostess Ho Ho’s and some star garland. I think the Ho Ho’s may be different in other parts of the country so hopefully you have something similar and they wrap them the same way. All you do is take your individually wrapped Ho Ho and twist one end of the wrapper. Then tie a piece of the star garland around the twisted end. Then you have a cute little firecracker. You can put stickers or use a permanent marker to write individual names on them to use as a place card and then your guest will have a little treat to take home.