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July 4th Entertaining with Chef Jamie Gwen (Sponsored)

How can we “WOW!” our guests with something other than the same old fare?

Let’s start with a Bruschetta Bar. Nothing like a beautiful Build Your Own Bruschetta Bar to keep your guests well fed and entertained. The set-up is simple and the possibilities are endless! And the best thing? You actually get to enjoy your party instead of spending hours in the kitchen.

What are some picnic-ready, sun-safe dishes that will allow you to enjoy the party without having to stay at the grill all day?

Salads are refreshing and you can make them ahead of time. I use North Carolina Sweetpotatoes in mine. I grill them ahead of time to give them a beautiful caramelization. Then add fresh greens, blueberries, strawberries, feta cheese and pistachios for a little crunch. I use NC Sweetpotatoes because they are nutrient-dense with, Vitamins A, C, fiber and antioxidants. Perfect for any diet they’re Sweetened from the earth and low in calories. . Use them year round, they have a long shelf life and they stay delicious. Click here to learn more!

I’m loving these Greek Salad Pinwheels with Pearls Specialties Olives. They’re easy to pull together and easily transportable for a picnic. The flavors and freshness of the Pearls Specialties Kalamata olives will make you feel like you’re on a Mediterranean summer vacation….and in fact you can bePearls Olives is giving away aGreece Getaway! Between now and the end of July, you can enter to win a 9-day vacation to Greece with roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for two. Just go to to enter!

Brighten your July 4th gathering by celebrating color and deliciousness with wholesome Confetti snacks. A substitute for greasy fried chips and snacks, Confetti chips are made with vitamin-rich veggies and they’re never fried. Each bag contains 7 different kinds like radish carrots, mushrooms even okra. Flavors include BBQ, truffle, and even a few curries. Serve them like chips (they even crunch) or cut them up as croutons for your salad. Look for them at your grocer or go to

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