Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of summer and grilling season for most of us. While this is not a normal year, it is time to get outside for perhaps a family picnic or a great meal on your deck. Here are some great recipes your family will enjoy.
For us in the USA this weekend is Memorial Day, a federal holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. But it also serves 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 in 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
Have a great holiday weekend and enjoy your summer.
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Publisher note: This is a re-edit of previous years ( since 2016) post. New recipe recommendations are added as needed to keep it fresh.