Every year I make just about the same things for Memorial Day. Isn’t that part of the whole holiday fun? Maybe it is just my family but we seem happiest with the same foods year after year.
Thing is? Many of these foods are the same foods MY parents served on Memorial Day! My dad used to make a killer basting sauce for burgers..it was honey and I have no clue what else but I never figured it out..and by the time I thought to ask him he didn’t know what I was talking about.
I think some of this need to eat the same foods for holidays is that need to connect with our pasts. I mean, I am 50 years old and I still get swept back 40 years when I take a bite of my mom’s recipe for macaroni salad… We had a pool when I was growing up and so summer holidays revolved around the pool… long days turned into velvety summer nights; dotted with fireflies and seemingly endless. Even when I fell asleep to the sounds of my parents laughter and the clinking of ice in the tea glasses I was aware of the importance of these celebrations in my life. They created permanence and security for me.
Those feelings are still stirred up by traditions. I often will put my own twist on a dish but the essence of the dish is there and it still pulls those old feelings from the depths of my mind.
Over the past few years I have posted many of my favorite recipes for Memorial Day. I am listing these, as well as some recipes that I just think are worth considering for your celebration.
One more thing…make sure that your kids know what Memorial Day is about. No matter how you feel about the military, war, or political agendas take a few moments to honor the millions of men and women that have laid down their agendas and their lives so that we could have the freedom that we enjoy today. It is about more than hamburgers and potato salad…
- Hamburger or hot dog buns
- Oven Smoked Brisket
- Coffee Chipotle Meat Rub
- Quick homemade catsup
- Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
- Southwestern Potato Salad
- Philly Mexican Dip
- Honeydew Salsa
- Triple Chocolate Merlot Cake
- Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake
- Quadruple Chip and Pecan Cookies
- Cherry White Chocolate Coconut bars
That’s it for now. There are other recipes but the list could go on for a long time… If you are looking for something particular just use the search feature on the blog, or message me on twitter or face book. I mean..it isn’t like I am not on the computer 24/7.
images: Marye Audet