Memorial Day Weekend Special – Time for a Cookout

Covered_bridge_flagHow will you spend Memorial Day? A trip to the beach? A hike in the mountains? A garden marathon of planting, pruning and weeding? A fun and friendly 5K? (The Black Fly Blitz is a local favorite.) However, you spend the day; a cookout is a good way to end it. Delight everyone with festive feast or organize your friends for a fabulous potluck.

Here are a few ideas!

To nibble while you meet, greet, mix and mingle. Well, how about Artichoke Leaves with Shrimp? Or maybe some White Bean Hummus or Feta-Walnut Spread with fresh veggies and pita chips some.

On to the main event! You can throw some burgers and dog on the grill or take it up a notch with some delicious Barbecue Chicken or Spicy Grilled Chicken. Of course you’ll need a few sides … Grilled Balsamic Vegetables will be great. Make sure you grill some asparagus – it’s in season! if you are thinking traditional, a slaw should be on the menu. But make it special with my Jicama Slaw or Crunchy Slaw with Cilantro, Mint & Peanuts. Speaking of traditional, how about a great potato salad. Not sure which is my favorite, New Potato Salad Dijon or New Potato Salad with Gorgonzola. Unless you’d prefer Couscous with Dried Fruit and Pine Nuts (a favorite with kids) or Wheat Berry Salad (a great, healthy alternative).

A sweet finish … Especially for the kids, S’mores are always a good idea! Stock up on graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. You might like to add a few alternatives, maybe some Espresso Brownies, Lemon-Lime Bars or Carrot Cupcakes.

Enjoy the long weekend and bon appétit!

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© Susan W. Nye, 2014


4 thoughts on “Memorial Day Weekend Special – Time for a Cookout

  1. My husband and I will be planting some flowers on Memorial Day. It will be sunny and warm. Grilling burgers for Wayne and veggies for me. 🙂 I wish that I had copied your Espresso Brownies last year. I would have bought all of the ingredients and made them for Monday. Plenty of summer days to come with lots of grilling and eating outdoors so I have your recipe saved and will be making them. I hope you enjoy your day.

    Mary from NH


    • Mary – Hope you are having a great weekend. My grandmother always planted geraniums on Memorial Day.The espresso brownies are delicious – but you are right – they take a bit of pre-planning. Enjoy the rest of the weekend! …Susan


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