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Our Best Memorial Day Recipes

The History Of Memorial Day

For many people Memorial Day is the official kickoff to summer and a 3-day holiday that is widely celebrated with barbecues and picnics across the country. 

A Deeper History

Lest we forget, Memorial Day began as a holiday to honor those who died in service to our country. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated as a day set aside to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. While General Logan declared May 30 as a national holiday in 1868, several Southern states did not join in and instead held their own holidays to separately honor Confederate soldiers. After WWI Memorial Day became a day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers who died defending our country.  It wasn't until 1971 that President Lyndon Johnson declared Memorial Day the last Monday of May, thereby creating a 3-day holiday, that has now also become the official start of summer.

Memorial Day Traditions

In addition to decorating soldiers' graves, it is traditional to fly the American flag at half mast until 3 p.m. and then to raise it to the top of the staff for the remainder of the day. At 3 p.m. there is a national pause to remember our fallen soldiers.

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What to Cook on Memorial Day

I can think of no better way to honor our fallen soldiers than to celebrate with family and friends, one of the many freedoms we as Americans enjoy. Here are our recipes to make your Memorial weekend memorable.

 

Appetizers & Vegetables

 

Avocado, Shrimp Cocktails in a Jar

A tasty appetizer that is easily transported for a picnic.Avocado Shrimp Cocktails In A Jar | Something New For Dinner 

Peach, Caramelized Onions & Goat Cheese Crostini

There is no better way to kick off peach season than with these delicious appetizers.Peach, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Crostini | Something New For Dinner

 

Grilled Mexican Corn

Possibly the messiest, most delicious corn you have ever eaten.Grilled Mexican Corn | Something New For Dinner

 

Pascal's Green Beans

Delicious make-ahead, room temperature green beans from the famed Pascal Epicerie.PascalsGreenBeans_Slide3

 

Salads

Tomato Grilled Bread Salad with Burrata

An awesome variation on a traditional panzanella salad.A quick and delicious salad for those times when you have great tomatoes. Add a little burrata cheese and don't plan on any leftovers.

 

Kale, Broccoli & Tomato Caesar Salad

Healthy, umami-rich and oh so delicious!Kale & Broccoli Caesar Salad | Something New For Dinner 

Roasted Potato Salad with Herbs

Mayo-free potato salad never tasted so good. Roasted Potato Salad With Herbs | Something New for Dinner

 

Orzo Salad with Tomatoes, Basil & Feta

Thank you to my friend Susan who shared this recipe that started Something New For Dinner.Orzo Salad W/ Tomatoes & Feta | Something New For Dinner

 

Flank Steak, Tomato & Watermelon Salad

All the good flavors of summer in one hearty salad bowl.Flank Steak & Watermelon Salad | Something New For Dinner

 

Sandwiches

Italian Pressed Brick Sandwich

Thank you to Taylor who introduced me to this amazing make-ahead sandwich technique.Italian Pressed Brick Sandwich | Something New For Dinner

 

The Best Picnic Sandwich

It is all about the burrata...and the salami...and the roast peppers.The Best Picnic Sandwich | Something New For Dinner

 

Slow Cooker Pulled Turkey with Cherry Sauce

A healthy and very tasty alternative to pulled pork.A healthy and easy turkey variation on pulled pork that is bursting with cherry chipotle flavor and crunchy with pomegranate seeds and finely sliced apples.

 

Pulled Pork

Incredibly simple and amazingly good.Pulled Pork | Something New For Dinner

 

Kabobs

Spiedies

Thank you to my friend Art, an amazing cook, who introduced me to this Binghamton, New York tradition.Spiedies | Something New For Dinner

 

Chicken, Potato & Prosciutto Kabobs

Prosciutto is fancy Italian bacon and like bacon, everything's better with prosciutto.Chicken & Prosciutto Kabobs | Something New For Dinner

 

Peach, Prosciutto & Chicken Kabobs

If you have peaches and prosciutto you should be making these kabobs.Peach, Prosciutto & Chicken kabobs | Something New For Dinner

 

Desserts

Angel Food Cake

A truly American dessert that you can make without going to the store.Angel Food Cake | Something New For Dinner

 

Strawberry Ice Cream with Balsamic Vinegar and Pepper

A traditional Italian flavor combo makes amazing ice cream.StrawberryIceCream_Slide2

 

Nectarine Crisp with Salted Honey Whipped Cream

Salted honey whip? Oh yeah!Salted Honey Nectarine Crisp | Something New For Dinner

 

Cherry Panna Cotta

My 75-year old dinner guest told me this was the best thing he had ever put in his mouth. Cherry Panna Cotta | Something New For Dinner

 

The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thank you to Yvonne for sharing this amazing recipe. I have been followed home from a PTA meeting by someone who needed to have this recipe immediately.Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | Something New For Dinner

 

Lemon Meringue Pie

The quintessential summer pie, my special crust and my best tips for making this somewhat quirky pie.Lemon Meringue Pie | Something New For Dinner

 

Cocktails & Libations

Tropical Sangria with Passion Fruit

A white sangria taken to new heights with passion fruit, mango and pineapple. Tropical Sangria With Passionfruit | Something New For Dinner

 

Watermelon Summer Cooler

The only thing better in the summer than icy watermelon is a boozy, icy watermelon cocktail.WatermelonCooler_Slide2

 

Pimm's Cup

Our friends across the pond drink this instead of water in the summer. The Brits have some great traditions!Pimm's Cup | Something New For Dinner

 

Garden Mule Cocktail

My most-mentioned original cocktail, which was featured in both the Huffington Post and Food52.Garden Mule Cocktail | Something New For Dinner

 

Aperol spritz

The Italians' preferred summer daytime drink. So that's what all the neon orange glasses in the piazzas cafes are about!Aperol Spritz | Something New For Dinner

 

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Have a wonderful Memorial Weekend, enjoy your family and friends and take a moment to honor the soldiers who gave their lives so we can live ours as we choose.

 

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