Kitchen Parade Extra: Parmesan Chicken ♥

Perfect to have on hand for easy summer suppers and out-of-town guestsJuly 1 is Canada Day and July 4 is, well, the 4th of July! And that means long weekends at the cottage, family picnics and neighborhood potlucks, hometown parades and of course, the fireworks.

To celebrate, here's a 2003 column for a long-time family favorite, Parmesan Chicken, published online for the first time. Parmesan Chicken is so perfect for summer, quick, easy, make-ahead, good hot or cold, as is or atop a salad or tucked into a sandwich. I made it recently for family visitors and oh, it was so convenient to have on hand.

And it's time to stock the frig with refrigerator salads, ones that mix up in a flash, travel well and feed a crowd. Here are some favorites:

Confetti Potato SaladConfetti Potato Salad Made with both sweet potatoes and white potatoes, also without mayonnaise so perfect for outdoor

Holy Slaw! A coleslaw with an unusual dressing that's a real hit all the time, made with peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and a bit of heat

Bloody Mary Salad Tomato-y gelatin packed with vegetables and spiked with horseradish

For summer dessert recipes, ah the choices, here in the middle of heat and hot!

Blueberry Sour Cream PieBlueberry Sour Cream Pie All about the blueberries - need I say more?!

Peach Blueberry Cake Fruity and delicious

For more recipe ideas for Canada Day and the 4th of July, see special sections in the Recipe Box, 4th of July recipes, perfect for potluck recipes, plus recipes that celebrate summer's bounty.

SO WHAT IS KITCHEN PARADE, EXACTLY? Kitchen Parade is the food column that my Mom started writing for our family newspaper when I was a baby. Today it's published in my hometown newspapers in suburban St. Louis and features 'fresh seasonal recipes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences'.

Where A Veggie Venture is 'pure food blog', full of experimentation and exploration, Kitchen Parade features recipes a modern cook can count on. All are thoroughly tested by a home cook in a home kitchen and many are family and reader favorites. All recipes feature easy-to-find ingredients, clear instructions and because I believe so strongly in informed food choices, nutrition analysis and Weight Watchers points. Want to know more? Explore Kitchen Parade, including Kitchen Parade's Recipe Box!

WHY CAN'T I COMMENT ON THIS PAGE? Because I hope that you'll click through to the actual column and comment there!

How to eat more vegetables? A Veggie Venture is the home of Veggie Evangelist Alanna Kellogg and the best source of free vegetable recipes with 700+ quick and easy favorite vegetable recipes, the Alphabet of Vegetables, Weight Watchers low-point recipes and microwave vegetable recipes.

Alanna Kellogg
Alanna Kellogg

A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.