In case you didn’t notice, we are about to finish an extra-long summer. No, the solstice and equinox didn’t move. It’s a quirk of the calendar tied to the unofficial bookends of summer, Memorial Day and Labor Day. At one end, Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, fell on the earliest possible date this year. At the other end, Labor Day, the first Monday in September falls on the latest possible date this year. I hope it was a great summer for you; filled with lots of fun and sunshine!
Are you still up in the air when it comes to weekend plans? Why not join friends and family around the grill? Whether you do it all or organize a potluck, the weather promises to cooperate! Here are a few ideas:
The farm stands and farmers markets are bursting! Take advantage of summer’s bounty. Begin your cookout nibbles from the garden. Corncakes, Zucchini Pancakes with a dab of Tapenade and/or Bruschetta with Fresh Tomatoes, Goat Cheese & Pesto Oil will make a delicious start to your cookout. . Or maybe you’d like to try shots of my delicious Gazpacho.
When you are ready for dinner, be sure to include some beautiful salads like my Romaine with Grilled Corn, Tomato & Avocado or Summer Salad with Green Beans, Blueberries & Goat Cheese. Looking for something more substantial, try my Couscous Salad with Grilled Vegetables or New Potato Salad. Next, make your cookout special with my Not Your Ordinary Burger, Hint of Asia BBBQ Chicken or Maple-Bourbon Pork Ribs. And hopefully, you made some of my Spicy Refrigerator Pickles!
Have a great weekend and bon appétit!
What are you planning for the long holiday weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.
© Susan W. Nye, 2015