May 23, 2009
I can’t believe that Memorial Day is here already, that is; summer is here already. Wasn’t it just Christmas, for cryin’ out loud? Seriously, time is going by scary fast and it freaks me out. The next time I turn around I’m going to be on Social Security, when I still feel like I should be on Spring Break instead. How does life get by us so quickly?
So. What I was about to talk about before I wigged out? Oh yeah, food for Memorial Day. Alrighty then. We’re supposed to have rain here the whole DING. DANG. WEEKEND. The whole weekend. My first reaction was to be hissed off. We work all week long, and then when the long holiday weekend comes along, we get rain? 3 days of rain? Seriously?
But then I got a grip on my attitude and decided that I would make the best of the weather, whatever it was. I can’t control it so there’s no point in getting worked up about it, right? We still have 3 days off work. Hallelujah! So I vow to whine no more this weekend, even if I get mildewed by Tuesday morning.
However, with the weather being so sketchy, I haven’t wanted to commit to any plans that rely on a sunny day so I’m not doing the cookout thing. That doesn’t mean I can’t think about what I would make for a Memorial Day soiree if I was having one.
Memorial Day is traditionally a burger/hot dog grilling kind of a day. But maybe some of you are looking for ideas for Monday, and maybe you’re like me and want suggestions that don’t involve eating critters? Allow me to give you a sample menu that I would make if I were making it. I’m going with a Mediterranean theme, up until dessert when it’s unapologetically patriotic all the way! Check out this menu, and enjoy your weekend…soggy or not! I’m reminded by my conscience that this weekend is about the sacrifices made by our military men and women; NOT about whether I get to sit by the pool or not!
- Olive Garden’s Bruschetta from Todd Wilbur’s “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes” via Cooking with Good Morning America
- Grilled Portabella Mushroom Burgers with Tarragon Mustard Aioli from DIY Network
- Spinach and Orzo Salad from AllRecipes
- Cherry Tomato and Olive Salad from RecipeZaar
- Berry Cheesecake Pie from Taste of Home
- Red White ‘n’ Blue Salad from Taste of Home