Although September is a beautiful month in New Hampshire, Labor Day weekend signals back-to-school and the end of summer. How will you celebrate the long weekend? At the mall buying school supplies? Closing up the cottage? Or a fun day outdoors … hiking? biking? or relaxing with a book? However you spend the day, bring family and friends together for a late summer cookout in the evening.
Need some help with the menu? How about:
For a great start … Local corn is fantastic these days. Make the most of it with Grilled Corn, Black Bean & Avocado Salsa and a few chips. Or revel in the glory of local tomatoes with Gazpacho. Add some Spicy Olives and a few Roasted Almonds.
Fire up the grill when you are ready for dinner.. Grill up some Scallops and Swordfish and serve them both with Olive & Caper Salsa. While you’re at it, throw some veggies on the grill. My Grilled Balsamic Vegetables are wonderful.
And for dessert? It’s my mother’s birthday on Friday. She’ll be eighty-five! So cupcakes are definitely in order. I’ll be baking up a batch of Double Trouble Chocolate-Orange Cupcakes. Mom has Alzheimer’s Disease and living in an assisted living facility. I’m looking forward to celebrate wih her and the wonderful staff at Woodcrest. If there is no birthday party at your house … how about some blueberries from your local pick-your-own farm! I’ve been fiddling with my Blueberry Crisp. Instead of ground ginger, I’m adding about a tablespoon of freshly grated ginger as well as the grated zest and juice of one lemon. I made it for a family dinner last weekend and may have to do it again in the next day or two. Then again, for a change, I could go with Blueberry Crumb Cake.
Happy birthday to my mom, have a wonderful weekend and bon appétit!
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© Susan W. Nye, 2014