Make this year’s fourth of July memorable with these Mario Batali recipes suitable for sunrise or sunset. Whether packed for a picnic or prepped for a night under the fireworks, these Northern Michigan recipes offer a mix of classic summer staples.

Batali Family Blackberry Pie


Packed with locally-grown blackberries enveloped in a thick crust, this farm to table recipe from the chef serves as a sweet finishing touch to a fun-filled evening. Find the pie recipe here.

Vegetable Salad Capri/Leelanau Style


This salad brings “Leelanau style” to the table with full-bodied flavor, hearty vegetables, and plenty of room to add your own twist. Find how to make it here.

Pork Chops with Cherry Barbeque Sauce


Begin the evening with a bang by preparing savory pork loin chops drizzled in cherry barbecue sauce. Find the recipe here.

Margherita Pizza

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When searching for family-friendly holiday meals this summer, look no further than this recipe for Mario Batali’s “Margherita D.O.P.” Find the pizza recipe here.

Ginger Sunset

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While this drink recipe isn’t by Mario Batali, we’re sure he’d approve of its Leelanau County roots. The recipe comes from Mark Moseler at Northern Latitudes in Lake Leelanau. Mark’s ginger liqueur, featured in this cocktail, is making quite the name for itself. Find the recipe here.

Find more Mario Batali recipes in MyNorth’s recipe guide!

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