Fourth of July Cookout Menu Ideas

Planning a Fourth of July cookout to showcase your patriotic pride? Celebrate independence with good taste by wowing your guests with these dynamite recipes for the main course, sides, drinks, and desserts.

The Main Event – Cookout Entrees

In Minnesota, we like cheese in our burgers. Hello, Juicy Lucy! So these cheese-stuffed burgers from Napoleon are definitely on our cookout menu. Will your attendees ask for seconds? You betcha!

burgers on Napoleon grill

What is a summer cookout without ribs on the grill? Try Napoleon’s smoky maple ribs recipe. Of course part of being a host with the most is catering to your guests’ dietary needs. This black bean burger recipe from Beko provides a tasty vegetarian option!

BBQ Side Dishes

What you serve on the side is just as important as what you cook on the grill. Add the following ideas to your cookout menu. Spice up your potato salad with this healthy version made with pesto.

Then your guests won’t feel as bad piling their plates with macaroni and cheese! Add some flair with this colorful veggie pizza recipe from GE.

Delectable Desserts

Don’t fire down the grill just yet! These grilled peaches with raspberry yogurt are a fun, fresh dessert option.

Incorporate some red, white and blue into the menu with these patriotic cupcakes:

Summer Drinks

All that food and nothing to wash it down with? Not at your party! Quench your guests’ thirst with refreshing fruit infused water. Use blueberries, strawberries and pineapple to add to the theme.

sliced strawberry and blueberries

If you really want to kick the party up a notch, the adults will love these simple lime margaritas!

Last but not least, celebrate responsibly, have fun and thank a service member.

We love to see what you’re cooking! Share your festive feast photos with the tag #cookwithwarners.

Are Vacuums Good Gifts?

No, it’s not just the thought that counts. Vacuum consistently rank among the least desired gifts on surveys of women on a romantic holiday like Valentine’s Day.

Home Appliance Blog groupies are well aware of my obsessive love of our vacuums, but I care even more deeply about the safety and well-being of our customers. And buying a Valentine’s gift related to an unpopular household chore is probably not the best decision.

Don’t get me wrong. Our vacuums, including top brands like Miele and Dyson, are the best out there. They are highly requested gifts…364 days out of the year. It’s just not that romantic.

So this year, Warners’ Stellian Appliance decided we could no longer with clear conscience take the money from (let’s face it) men about to meet their Maker and are banning the sales of vacuum cleaners intended as Valentine’s Day gifts.

The campaign, “No Vacuums for Valentine’s Day,” aims to spread awareness about the dangers of this terrible gift to save hapless gift-givers from themselves, before it’s too late.

And if a customers stubbornly insists on purchasing a vacuum as a romantic Valentine’s gift, he or she will be asked to sign a waiver promising to act as the primary user of the new vacuum.

Now THAT’s romantic 🙂

Get Your Oven Ready for the Holidays

Just like you might get an oil change before going on a road trip, you might have considered cleaning your oven before hosting a holiday party.

Here’s some advice:

Don’t.

Every holiday we get a panicked call from a well-meaning customer who ran the self-clean on her oven and afterwards, the oven didn’t unlock (in this cautionary tale, Northland Service was able to unlock the oven in the nick of time). Of course, this isn’t what’s supposed to happen; the self-clean mode should just work like a charm.

But we all know that things don’t always turn out as they should, and if it’s going to malfunction, Murphy’s Law dictates that it will be right before your in-laws show up.

How to Clean Your Oven

Instead, follow my tips on how to clean your oven manually. You don’t even need oven cleaner.

And then you can use your self-clean function AFTER the holidays.

What to Do If Your Stove Dies on Thanksgiving

Many stoves choose to stop functioning right around the time you’ve finally finished thawing, brining, trussing and stuffing that huge bird on Thanksgiving morning.

Now your oven very well might be dead, but sometimes you just need to give it the ol’ Fonzie treatment.

Oven Troubleshooting

Now, I’m not actually suggesting you punch your juke, er…range; but try shutting off your circuit or unplugging your appliance for 20 minutes. It’s always the first advice I give customers before we attempt service – and it’s worked before! Best case scenario, you’re back in business once you plug it back in or reset the circuit.

If you have a gas range and the cooktop is working but the oven isn’t, flip the regulator switch (which automatically cuts off the flow of gas at a certain pressure).

If you’re still getting an error code or the unit is still dead, you’re probably going to need service. You can call us on Friday at 651-222-0011 (opt. 4).

But at least you tried. In a pinch, fire up the grill.