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Labor Day is just around the corner and although I mentioned these cute patriotic sausages on an earlier blog, I feel I would be remiss to not include them for this upcoming weekend. I make this appetizer at all three of the red, white, and blue holidays. It’s so easy and delicious!

Red, white, and blue sausages


1 lb spicy Italian sausage links (you could also use Jenny O spicy turkey sausages)

2 bottles of your favorite beer

24 cute flag toothpicks


  1. Place the sausages in a medium sized pot with both bottles of beer. If this amount of beer isn’t sufficient to cover the links then add water until they’re covered.

  2. Bring the liquids to a gentle simmer for about 15 minutes. This cooks them enough to be perfect for grilling. You can do this step the day before the party and then just leave them wrapped up in plastic wrap until you’re ready to grill them

  3. Then grill the links over medium heat for a few minutes just to brown them a bit.

  4. Remove them from the grill and slice each sausage into 6 or so one inch pieces. Place a flag toothpick into each one. Place on a red or white plate. (My plate is from Homegoods, here is a similar one ).

  5. Enjoy!


This mixed berry crumble is usually made with red strawberries, red raspberries, and blueberries. If you serve it in white ramekins it’s red, white and blue. But it looks equally cute in red ones and I use red dessert dishes all year starting with Valentine’s Day, all three patriotic holidays, and ending with Christmas so they’re a great investment. It’s a quick and easy dessert to make and I usually make it the morning of so all I have to do at dinner is pop it in the oven when my guests sit down to dinner. Then it’s ready by the time we’re ready for dessert.

Mixed berry crumble


1 cup fresh strawberries, quartered

2 cups fresh blueberries 

2 cups fresh raspberries

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

6 Tbsp regular butter, melted

2/3 cup unpacked light brown sugar 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place berries in a medium bowl.  In another medium bowl combine flour and sugar.  Remove 3 Tbsp of the flour mixture and gently toss this with the berries.  Place the berries in an 8 inch square pan. *

3. To make topping, add the melted butter to the remaining flour mixture; combine well.  Crumble little bits of this topping all over the top of the berries.  Bake until berries start to bubble, about 35-40 minutes.  Cut into 8 pieces. *Sometimes as in these photos I make this dessert in 8 little ramekins. I bake them until they bubble which is about 30 minutes if they started at room temperature.  Also be careful as they’ll be hot so place the remekins on a dessert plate and serve them to your guests with a scoop of softened vanilla ice cream. It’s a real crowd pleaser. (This recipe is adapted from Weight Watchers).

Speaking of patriotic displays this past Memorial Day I was visiting my son in NYC. We saw the Empire State Building all lit up just for us!


Have a lovely Labor Day Weekend!

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PS Here’s a post on red, white and blue home decorations.

PPS And one on patriotic outfits.

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