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Happy Memorial Day! Today is the day we commemorate US men and women who died in military service. It's often observed with parades and community events, but many of us will honor the fallen by entertaining friends and family (and good food) at home. What's your plan?
The clear Summer sky inspires a Memorial Day look that is bright and crisp. Start by covering an outdoor table with a plaid tablecloth. Serve the steak and potatoes on one big platter family style. Plastic reusable plates are best for the backyard because they won't break. Keep napkins and utensils simple. When served in a big glass bowl, the jewel punch is festive and inviting. Hang a string of lights from the roof or between trees. Don't forget lots of unscented white candles and to fill a vase with a beautiful bouquet of fresh-cut flowers.
No Memorial Day celebration should be without strawberries. The plump juicy berries are at the peak of their season now, so take advantage of them! You could incorporate them into an appetizer, salad, or dessert, but why not use this luscious fruit to mix up a tantalizing cocktail? This punch recipe serves a crowd (18 people!) and is packed with vibrant flavors. Vodka is combined with Cointreau and ginger ale to make a drink that is fizzy and refreshing. Although it calls for frozen cherries, if they have already popped up at your farmers market, substitute fresh.
Don't forget plenty of beer, wine, water, and sodas — it is a party! For the recipe to the jewel punch, read more
Picture this: your guests are wildly content after the most delicious meat and potato barbecue dinner. Just when they thought the night couldn't get any better, you, the beautiful hostess with the mostess, appear with a plate full of ice cream sandwiches! Not just any ice cream sandwich, but one that marries the classic crowd-pleasing chocolate chip cookie with creamy vanilla ice cream. Coated in mini chocolate chips, these sandwiches vanish before your eyes.
If that sounds like the perfect end to your Memorial Day celebration, get the recipe for the sandwiches and read more
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of Summer, so to celebrate, round up a group of friends and host a casual but cozy barbecue.
Begin the fun with fingerlicking good grilled clams and garlic butter. Next move on to an easy dinner menu of the American favorite — steak and potatoes — made sophisticated by the smoky flavor of the grill.
Mexican spice-rubbed steak with lime butter is an eye catching entree. Pair with crisp-charred sweet-hot fries and romaine, avocado, and corn salad. Take a look at the recipes to these backyard favorites when you read more