Mark Hagen shares delicious 4th of July recipes

Mark Hagen joins FOX6 WakeUp to share delicious 4th of July recipes.

Maple Chicken 'n' Ribs

With its generous portions, this recipe is great for a potluck or family reunion. I also love this entree because the chicken thighs and country-style ribs are affordable.

Prep: 15 min. + marinating Bake: 1-1/2 hours


1-1/2 cups apple cider or juice
1/2 cup maple syrup
9 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
3 whole star anise
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
8 pork spareribs (about 5-1/2 pounds)
8 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 pounds)


    Layered Broccoli Salad

    Everyone enjoys this simple salad with dinner. The layers look festive, and the crisp broccoli, sunflower seeds and

    bacon are a nice contrast to the chewy bits of dried cranberries.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


    6 cups chopped fresh broccoli florets
    1 small red onion, thinly sliced
    2/3 cup dried cranberries
    1/2 cup plain yogurt
    2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    2 tablespoons honey
    2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
    1/4 cup sunflower kernels
    2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


      Buttercream Blast Layer Cake

      The decorations on this patriotic dessert remind me of a fireworks display. Since the recipe includes both cookies and cake, people can take their pick…or have both! —Jennifer Lindstrom, Brookfield, WI

      Prep: 1 hour 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


      1 package white cake mix (regular size)
      1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
      2/3 cup all-purpose flour
      12 lollipop sticks

      1-1/4 cups shortening
      1/3 cup plus 4 teaspoons water
      1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
      5 cups confectioners' sugar
      1 tablespoon plus 3/4 teaspoon meringue powder
      Red and blue colored sugar
      Coarse sugar
      Red and blue paste food coloring
      1 tablespoon light corn syrup