Seasonal Sundays (Week 27) Low-Key Celebrations

A collection of recipes for low-key summer celebrations, little fuss and few fireworks, just a few of summer's best recipe ideas for small gatherings, even just the small family units of two and four that hold us together right now. Happy Canada Day, dear Canadians. Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans. And Happy Summer, to all of us ...
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

It should be a big week in North America, Canada Day for Canadians on July 1st and Independence Day for Americans on July 4th.

But in the year that is 2020, even "big" weeks are lower-key, more casual and dare I say, more relaxing? more chill? and perhaps more contemplative?

For most of us (because we are keeping things small and safe, right???), 2020's holidays will be less about occasion and more about simply duding up the ordinary. No travel. No festivals. No parades. No pool parties. No fireworks. So be it. This shall pass, in due time.

And maybe there's upside, if we stop mourning what isn't and appreciate what is.

And maybe, as my mind veers to the split, separated and smoldering state of these not-so-very United States, I seek to see light through our cracks, crevasses and craters.

Maybe it's good to break from the traditional revelry of other years, from what we've always done, from mindlessly repeating the past, from all the made-in-China flags and bunting, from all the declarations of division and divide.

Maybe 2020 is a gift that opens up room to think and re-think who we are as a community of human beings who have no choice but to inhabit common space, from the planet itself to our very neighborhoods. To consider what we ask of our country and our employers and our economy and our relatives and our media and our friends (and ... and ... and ...) and yes, most especially, ourselves.

Just planting a seed of a thought ... a small, determined and hopeful red, white and blue flag, waving in the wind, seeking ... ... ... ... ...

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: I'm a child of the US-Canadian border, my parents' living room literally looks across a river from the US into Canada. There's an international bridge connecting the towns (and state/province and countries) on either side but when we were kids, we swam/boated across the river in summer and skated/snowmobiled in winter. Border? What border? And besides ... my mother was Canadian and all the relatives on that side live in the homeplace of Winnipeg or stretch from Vancouver to Out East. So for me, it's two Thanksgivings in the fall (one in October and one in November) and two national holidays in summer (just days apart).


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Chicken Greek Salad ♥, it's a Greek salad with chicken, extra easy with a rotisserie chicken.

Compliments! (Blush ...)

Mom's Blueberry Coffeecake, another easy summer recipe ♥, moist and delicious with fresh or frozen blueberries. Rave reviews!

Summer Easy: Less Cookin', More Livin'.

More than a decade ago, I started collecting a certain style of summer dishes that espouse my summer motto, Less Cookin', More Livin'. These are Kitchen Parade's most simple, most fresh, most memorable and most summery recipes, all in one place. I hope you love 'em all!

Easy Summer Recipes ♥, a collection of easy-to-remember and memorable recipes especially for summer. Less cookin'. More livin'. It's the summer's motto!

Fresh Ideas for Low-Key Summer Celebrations

Bloody Caesar, Canada's Bloody Mary ♥, made with Clamato instead of tomato juice.

Old-Fashioned Homemade Lemonade ♥, how to make real lemonade using the oil from the lemon peel for extra zesty flavor.

Crazy-Smooth Crazy-Good Hummus ♥, simple hummus, perfected with three special techniques. Vegan and lower-fat.

Grilled Vegetables in Foil ♥, mixed veggies in an Asian-style soy-ginger sauce. Vegan. Gluten Free. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad, another easy summer salad ♥ Festive for Patriotic Holidays & Potlucks. Great Crunch. Relatively (For a Potato Salad) Low Carb & High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Quinoa & Black Bean Salad ♥, a great make-ahead salad recipe. Hearty with quinoa and crunchy with vegetables, bright with lime.

Easy Garlic-Herb Mediterranean Chicken ('Med Chicken') ♥, marinated Middle-eastern chicken a real crowd pleaser.

Baked Baby Back Ribs with Spicy Berry Sauce ♥, no-wait recipe for baby back ribs. Delicious sauce of fruit, honey, ginger, balsamic vinegar.

Canadian Flag Cake ♥, use strawberries to decorate a cake with the Canadian flag.

Two-Bite Brownies ♥, tiny chocolatey brownies, just two bites big. Festive and fun, especially served in a watermelon!
  • THE RECIPE Two-Bite Brownies Moist, chocolate-y brownies, just two bites big. Served, if you like, in a festive watermelon boat.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Perfect M&M Cookies With red, white and blue M&Ms or red and white Smarties

What's New?!

Chicken Burgers with Fresh Spinach, Feta and Garden Tzatziki Sauce ♥, Greek-style chicken sandwiches served with an updated Greek tzatziki sauce. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Cauliflower Refrigerator Pickles, more quick pickles ♥ No canning required. Vegan. WW Friendly. Budget Friendly.

Just Updated!

Greek Chicken Dagwood Sandwiches ♥, easy summer sandwiches with rotisserie chicken, a cucumber and feta tzatziki, roasted pepper, more feta, fresh arugula, summer tomato.

Easy-Easy Roasted Zucchini, another simple summer vegetable ♥ WW Friendly. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Budget Friendly.

Asparagus Tapenade, another healthy vegetable appetizer ♥ Fresh & Seasonal. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Great for Meal Prep. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Greens with Sour Cream, another simple, sumptuous vegetable ♥ Low Carb. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special.

Text Me Back!

I'd love to hear from you. Comment, send me a quick e-mail via, dot-dash in Morse code, build a fire for smoke signals, launch a message in a bottle, send a Christmas letter, get the dog to yip, toss me a note wrapped in a rubberband, write a message in the sky, scratch a note in the sand, listen to a seashell, whatever.

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. If you make this recipe, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below.

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