Chillin’ & Grillin’ Memorial Day Weekend Special

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a sunny or even partly sunny weekend. Memorial Day Weekend is always busy with the cottage and beach clean-ups and visits with family and friends. After a busy day with spring cleaning, launching boats and planting geraniums, everyone will be ready for a relaxing cookout. Let’s hope the weather cooperates!

Here are a few ideas:

To Start:  Quench everyone’s thirst with a refreshing Shandy. A European favorite with lots of variations it’s a great way to start a picnic or cookout.

After a busy day appetites will be hearty. Let your guest nibble on a big platter of fresh veggies with Tapenade and/or White Bean Dip. Meanwhile, put the grill to work with some Grilled Antipasto.

The Main Event:
Keep it simple and delicious. Grilled Chicken with Shallots & New Potatoes is always a good choice for a crowd. Who doesn’t like chicken? Then again, maybe you’re in the mood for beef. The New Potatoes will pair beautifully with a couple of Grilled Strip SteaksThe Gorgonzola Sauce  is a delicious addition. Add a beautiful Garden Salad and dinner is done.

Sweet Finale: Watch me make Rhubarb Crisp on Cook’s Corner – WMUR/Channel 9 – NH’s ABC affiliate 

My rhubarb plant is big and bright and ready for harvest. What could be better than Rhubarb Crisp for dessert. If you have a bunch of kids at the party, add a pan of Triple Threat Brownies.

Have a fun and festive feast! Bon appétit!

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Shandy
Serve 4

8 ounces cold limeade or lemonade
8 ounces cold ginger ale
16 ounces cold ale
Lemon and lime slices

Put the lime- or lemonade, ginger ale, ale and a few lemon and lime slices in a large pitcher. Stir to combine. Serve the shandies over ice with a slice of lemon or lime.

Ginger and Lime Fizz
Serve 2
8 ounces cold limeade
8 ounces cold ginger ale
Lemon and lime slices

Fill glasses with ice, add the lime- or lemonade and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime.

How will you celebrate Memorial Day Weekend? Growing webs between your toes? How are you staying happy and sane during all this rainy weather? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.

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Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! In addition, I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2011

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