How 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!
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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