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16 All-American Recipes For Your Next Outdoor Gathering


Serve up a plate of American nostalgia with our fave retro recipes! From Memorial Day to July 4th, there's always a reason to get family and friends together.

These classic food ideas will have you feeling patriotic and are perfect for holidays, celebratory gatherings, or to be enjoyed for no reason whatsoever!

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All-American Tuna Noodle Casserole

This casserole dish rose to fame in American kitchens during the 1950s due to its super cheap ingredients. It’s a timeless favorite, and the perfect dish to bring along to a picnic. Top with generous amounts of shredded cheese to achieve an  authentically comforting finish.

Ingredients (for 8 people):

  • 4 cups of pasta 
  • 2 gallons boiling water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 3 tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 6 cups milk
  • 6 cups tuna, flaked
  • 2/3 cup chopped pimiento
  • 2/3 olives, chopped
  • 6  cups cooked peas, drained
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 cup corn flakes (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook noodles in salted boiling water according to the packet. Drain and mix with the butter. Set aside.
  2. Melt the vegetable shortening in a saucepan. Add milk and whisk in the flour until there's no lumps. Heat until the sauce reaches boiling point and has thickened. Take off heat, and mix in tuna, olives, peas, pimiento and salt and pepper.
  3. Grease the bottom of a casserole dish. Spread alternating layers of the cooked noodles and tuna mixture in the dish, but make sure to finish with a layer of the tuna mixture. 
  4. Sprinkle the top with cornflakes and shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour.
  6. Enjoy!

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  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups cooked sushi rice
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp seasame oil
  • 1 tsp chili paste
  • Salt
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 lb salmon, diced


  1. Combine the rice vinegar and sugar.
  2. Stir though the cooked sushi rice, and with wet hands, shape into balls.
  3. Press the balls into ramekins lined with parchment paper, and press the rice up the sides of the ramekins into cup shapes.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, combine the soy sauce, cilantro, sesame oil, chili paste and salt in a bowl.
  6. Combine the mango, avocado and salmon.
  7. Pour the soy mixture over the salmon mixture, and stir through until evenly coated.
  8. Remove the rice cups from the refrigerator, and peel off the parchment paper.
  9. Distribute the salmon mixture between the rice cups.
  10. Garnish, serve and enjoy!

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