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There's no better way to celebrate July Fourth than with an all-American cookout. We offer a delicious menu, drinks and activities to get you started. (Gary Moss/Disney FamilyFun magazine/MCT)

There's no better way to celebrate July Fourth than with an all-American cookout. Two popular food writers come up with some crowd-pleasing recipes that are both festive and no-fuss.

The result is a delicious roundup of dishes -- from build-your-own fajitas to a perfectly patriotic dessert -- that will allow you to declare your independence from the stove top and still create a tasty summer celebration for everyone to enjoy.

FIESTA FAJITAS WITH FRESH PINEAPPLE SALSA

Grilling mom Judith Fertig, who's coauthored six cookbooks about barbecuing, offers this tasty twist on fajitas that replaces hard-to-find skirt steak with equally appetizing pork tenderloin. The Fresh Pineapple Salsa adds a kid-friendly kick to the dish. Once the meat and veggies are grilled and sliced, you can leave the rest of the preparation to everyone else.

INGREDIENTS

For the marinade:
1/3 cup canned pineapple juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cumin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the fajitas:
2 pork tenderloins (about 2 pounds), trimmed of silver skin
2 large red onions, cut into 1-inch-thick slices and threaded lollipop-style on skewers
2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded, and cut into quarters
2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and cut into quarters
Olive oil for brushing