We get it. The Fourth of July is all about the grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, but just like any good outfit, your plate also needs accessories.  Enter the party dip and holiday cocktail.

A real crowd pleaser, queso, is sure to be a hit (except for all your lactose intolerant pals). For some reason it’s impossibly difficult to find any decent queso in CA (ironic?).  So, I took matters into my own hands and started making it at home.

I shouldn’t really have to explain this… but I will.


  • 16 oz. Velveeta cheese (sliced into 1 inch cubes)
  • 1 can (10 oz) of Rotel


  • Melt cheese and Rotel in a pot. Serve with tortilla chips.

Finally, something we can thank Texas for.

I love when I receive emails like this (from my dear friend, Dev):

Watermelon Martinis


  • 5 cups watermelon cubes (rind and seeds removed- duh)
  • 3/4 cup lemon vodka……  this is does NOT sound like enough….
  • 6 Tbsp lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 3 Tbsp sugar


  1. Blend together with approximately 3-6 ice cubes. Blend until slushy…

or perhaps you would just like to blend the watermelon up and mix in the ingredients for a martini.

“Id like to invite you to consider” whipping these gems up for the July 4th weekend. I feel they would be a hit any party.

Not only are these drinks gems, but so is dear, sweet Dev for sending this recipe.

Hope you have a happy, fully accessorized, Fourth of July.