Time to start the summer. Bring on the food, fire up the grill, have a picnic, or go to the beach. It is time to cut loose. BUT we should not forget the meaning of this holiday. It is about all those patriots who have served and paid the ultimate price for us. Please pause and remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. And then bring on the food.
This coming weekend is Memorial Day, a federal holiday for us in the USA, remembering the people who gave their lives while serving in its 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, which 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.
It's easy to forget food safety. But it's 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. Uncle Joe cannot have his burger rare even though you wouldn't mind seeing him sick. It is your responsibility to keep them safe.
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, and please follow your local health department's recommendations.
Publisher note: This is a re-edit of the previous year's ( since 2016) post. New recipe recommendations are added as needed to keep it fresh.