While this is a food blog and my "job" is to recommend recipes, none of us should forget the meaning of this holiday. It is about all those patriots that have served and paid the ultimate price for all of us. Please pause and remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is coming with the traditional start of summer and grilling season for most of us.
After the year we just had, is time to get outside for perhaps a family picnic or a great meal on your deck. But please follow your local health department's recommendations.
This coming weekend is Memorial Day, a federal holiday for us in the USA, remembering the people who gave their life while serving in the country’s armed forces. But it also is commonly recognized as the kick-off for summer and a three-day holiday weekend.
Once known as Decoration Day that started after the American Civil War to honor the Union dead, later it merged with a similar Confederate holiday and ultimately for all American war dead.
But on to the other part of this holiday. It’s FINALLY SUMMER—time for some deck and picnic food.
Before we start, a few food safety reminders. So easy to forget. It is up to you to keep your friends and family safe. I see dangerous food handling on TV food shows and other blogs frequently. So know the rules. PLEASE.
As a start, please review my Summer Food Safety post. Let's be safe out there. No, Uncle Joe cannot have his burger rare even though you wouldn't mind seeing him sick. It is your responsibility to keep them safe.
You will find oven versions of many of these dishes. So a grill is not required. And the oven versions are generally great and not much work.
Great side dishes make the meal. Image some corn on the cob with a nice spinach salad or grilled pineapple to make your meal special.
Don't Forget to Take the Party Animals
Please remember what it is all about. Have a great holiday weekend and enjoy your summer.
PS. Stay safe out there.
Publisher note: This is a re-edit of previous years ( since 2016) post. New recipe recommendations are added as needed to keep it fresh.