Happy Independence Day, America!  Here are some fun facts about the 4th, you may not have been aware of…

  1. It was actually on July 2, 1776, that America gained its independence.  It took Congress two days to sign Jefferson’s Declaration.
  2. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a “laptop,” a kind of writing desk that could fit on one’s lap.
  3. Only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776 – John Hancock, and Charles Thompson, secretary of the Congress.

Now that we all feel more informed, let’s eat!  One of the best things about being an American is that we are literally a melting pot of cultures.  So to celebrate this holiday, make our Patriotic Party Dip (otherwise known as 7-layer dip) for all your guests. It’s always a hit!

Blueberry Galette
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  • ½ batch Homemade pie crust
  • 3-4 cups fresh berries
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten with a splash of milk (for egg wash)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash berries and make sure to dry them thoroughly before continuing.
  3. Strawberries should be halved or quartered. Sprinkle cornstarch over berries and toss to evenly coat. Using a potato masher, give berries a light mash to get their juices flowing. They should still retain their overall shape but just be a little softened up.
  4. Roll dough into a 14-inch round on a piece of parchment paper. Transfer to a lined baking sheet.
  5. Mound berries in the center of the dough leaving a 1 inch border of dough all the way around the mound.
  6. Sprinkle sugar evenly over the top of the berries, retaining a tablespoon or so for the crust.
  7. Fold dough over berries, overlapping segments on the previous one and pinching together any overlapping areas of dough. Brush all exposed dough with egg wash and sprinkle with remaining sugar
  8. Bake about 35 minutes for large galette, until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling. Individual galettes will take around 15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Slices into wedges and serve warm.