I’ve always enjoyed the Fourth of July. I grew up in Montana. My hometown started its celebration with a parade on the second of July. I remember standing along the parade route while people on floats threw candy to us kids.
My mother’s family would gather for a picnic on the Fourth. There would be salads that were only served on special occasions. My Grandmother would be at the center of the swirling mass of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Later there would be a rodeo. Sometimes we went to the rodeo and other times we didn’t. However, we’d always watch the sky for the fireworks that were shot off after the rodeo finished. The beautiful explosions were so big that they could be seen from almost the entire town.
I’ve moved away from my hometown and a lot of time has passed since I watched the Montana sky for fireworks. Despite that, some things remain the same.
The Man of the House (TMOTH) and I usually celebrate the Fourth by grilling hamburgers. TMOTH loves to make large, pub-style burgers and I contribute by making the hamburger buns.
After we’ve eaten we sit on the deck and look out at the view and talk. Sometimes we talk so for so long that it gets dark and we watch the stars come out.
A town twenty-five miles away has a big fireworks show on the Fourth. Because our house is on a hill, we can actually see some of the fireworks from that show. So no matter what we’ve done that day we always watch the sky for the fireworks.
Here are some recipes for your bread machine/bread maker that would be great for your Fourth of July celebration.
As a bonus, I’ve included a salad recipe that has nothing to do with bread machines but is a great summer dish.
Hot Dog Bun Recipe for the Bread Machine – I struggled for a long time to find a way to make hot dog buns. The problem was that the bun would split and I had more of a hot dog sandwich. Not anymore! This bun is soft enough to work as a bun and not split. It’ll hold the hot dog and condiments securely.
One reader wrote, “Family really enjoys these buns. They won’t eat store-bought anymore.”
Hamburger Buns – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, once you try these hamburger buns there is no going back.
As one reader commented, “I love love love these rolls! I’m making them right now! I haven’t bought hamburger buns since I’ve found your recipe! My whole family loves them!”
Easy Onion Buns– Here’s another hamburger bun recipe you can try. What makes them so easy is that onion soup mix provides the onions. In other words, you can have tasty onion buns without chopping anything.
Mom’s Shrimp Salad – As a bonus, here’s a recipe that’s not a bread machine recipe. This is one of those special salads from my childhood that was only made for special celebrations.
It’s got shrimp, cheese, pasta and a dash of hot pepper sauce for some zip. It really makes the meal special.
I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July!