Labor Day is fast approaching and I am already dreading the last days of summer. I realize it's not over yet, but somehow it always seemed to be that as fast as the kids began school, summer was swiftly ending. I will miss the dinners on the deck, the balmy evenings where no one wants to go to bed, and even watering my flower boxes. It is hard to say if I will miss those things more than I will miss the fresh summer food and the aroma of grilling. (Truth be told; we tend to use our grill year round.)
Labor Day always meant spending the day at the pool and of course, it always seemed to be the best, most perfect day of summer. It meant we closed the place down and sadly waved good bye. It meant burgers and hot dogs and watermelon. And corn. Have to get the last of the fresh sweet corn. It meant clearing out the club's freezers and standing in line to get the free frozen treats being given away. We always sent our kids up to get us one!
Labor Day means saying goodbye to summer's bounty. I love picking fresh herbs from my herb garden. I love farmer's markets. I love choosing fresh peppers and peaches and watermelon. Let's not forget berries. I love grilling chicken. I love cocktails and wine coolers and beer. I love fruit desserts and ice cream sandwiches and milk shakes. Not that I have many of those!
Labor Day reminds me of all the recipes I still want to make. It still seems like I have so many more salads I want to concoct, and things I want to grill, and jams I want to make. But that's what it's all about, isn't it? The ending of summer means yearning for the next one. The change of seasons gives us time to peruse garden catalogues to make next year's bigger and better. It has us slowing down and awaiting warm vacations elsewhere. And it has me still cooking!
Here's a new potato salad that I really enjoy. And some of my favorites that you may want to try for the last big bash of summer. But don't labor to much.. Enjoy!
Old Bay Potato Salad
Time To Make: About 15 minutes
3 medium Russets cooked (I wrap them in damp paper towels and microwave them for about 6-7 minutes)
1/3 c mayonnaise
1/3 c sour cream
1 T spicy mustard
2 T Old Bay
1 t horseradish
1/3 c sliced olives
1/3 c chopped yellow peppers or your choice
13 c chopped green onion
1 T capers and juice
1/3 c celery chopped (optional)
When potatoes have cooled, cut them into bite sized chunks. While potatoes are cooking combine the rest of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix well. Add potatoes and stir well. I like this best at room temperature, but chill if you'd like!
And a few more faves: The chicken is killer!
The Gardener Cocktail
White Beans and Red Peppers
Red Onion, Blueberry and Pesto Tart
Calabacitas Tomato Sandwich
Old Fashioned Barbeque Chicken
Elote Corn in a Bowl
Fennel Cabbage Salad
Green Onion Garlic Chive Skillet Bread (These photos are just to bad to show you, but the recipe is great!)
Black Bottom Chocolate Cake or Cupcakes
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