Tory Avey

Tastiest July 4th Recipes

Fun with Kids

Juicy burgers and summery lemon pasta salad. Ice-cream floats and homemade raspberry syrup. And, to top it all, dark chocolate cherry Mandelbrot for dessert. Prepare the yummiest July 4th meal with these simple family recipes courtesy of the cooking and lifestyle blogger and food historian Tori Avey.

On her website, Tori Avey explores the story behind the food, why we eat what we eat, how the recipes of different cultures have evolved, and how yesterday’s recipes can inspire us in the kitchen today. The posts featured below are educational, healthy, tasty, and can be made with the help of children. Learn more about Tori HERE

Middle Eastern Burgers


Middle Eastern BurgersThis is a Sephardic Jewish family recipe from Israel, which is typically made as an easy weeknight dinner. We love to make these burgers slider sized, and kids love them this way, too. This burger can be made with shreds of sliced bread, a trick that was used to stretch the amount of meat a family could buy when little was available. It also helps keep these burgers nice and juicy. While it’s up to the grandparents to handle the raw meat and cooking, kids can lend a hand with assembling and serving these bite-sized delights.

Discussion: What makes these burgers different from a burger you’d get at a fast-food restaurant? Notice the different spices that take them from your average burger to something more typical of Middle Eastern cuisine.

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The History of Barbecuing and Grilling


Did you know that barbecuing and grilling aren’t the same thing? Since you’ll be grilling a lot of food for the Fourth of July, it’s a great opportunity to share the history of Independence Day’s most favored cooking methods with the little ones while you enjoy your holiday meal.

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Lemon Pasta Salad


This healthy, summery pasta salad is a favorite for all ages. Once the stovetop components have been safely prepared by grandparents, kids can help wash the produce, measure out the additional ingredients, and stir everything together before serving. If you’d like to serve this at a barbecue and you keep kosher, you’ll want to leave out the feta. The salad will be just as tasty.             

Discussion: Throughout the centuries, Jewish cooking has relied on whatever ingredients were easily available in the regions where Jews were living. This salad is a great example of incorporating regional, seasonal, and Mediterranean flavors into a side dish. What are some ingredients that are native to where you live?

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Raspberry Cream Soda Float


There’s nothing better than an ice-cream float on a hot summer day. It’s similar to a chocolate egg cream, a drink that’s been around since the late 1890’s and was popular in New York’s Jewish deli scene. This raspberry float is like a summer version of the egg cream, but even better since it’s made with ice cream. Parents and grandparents will appreciate the nod to soda shops of the past when making this special dessert with children. If serving with a meat meal, be sure to use dairy-free ice cream to keep it kosher.

Discussion: No one seems to know where the egg cream got its name. Do you have any guesses?

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Homemade Raspberry Syrup


Raspberry SyrupYou’ll need this recipe to create the soda float above. This homemade raspberry syrup is a great alternative to store-bought versions and couldn’t be easier to make. Just three ingredients, all natural, nothing artificial. Kids can help wash the berries and measure the sugar. They’ll also get to say they made an important ingredient for our dessert recipe from scratch.

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Mandelbrot

Dark Chocolate Cherry MandelbrotMandelbrot is the Ashkenazi Jewish version of biscotti. These cookies date back to the early nineteenth century. This is a fun one to make with the grandkids because they can dip the finished cookies into the chocolate. They can also help with molding the dough into log shapes.

Discussion: Mandelbrot is Yiddish for “almond bread.” In Eastern Europe, many Jews began serving them as a kosher Sabbath dessert. This version includes chocolate and cherry. What are some other ingredients you think might taste good in these cookies?

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