Memorial Day honors our veterans and soldiers and signals the arrival of summer. Celebrate with this easy make-ahead menu.
A lot of families like to kick off the summer season by going away for Memorial Day weekend. Rather than fight traffic, I like to enjoy every bit of good weather in my own backyard. Taking a day out to be with family and friends, sharing a simple meal with the neighbors, is my own small way of showing gratitude for the freedom soldiers have fought for and the bounty we have in our nation.
It's really about gathering together, joking, talking, and playing games, so the menu is simple fare: dressed-up burgers, a sophisticated pasta salad, and homemade ice cream if the weather is hot.
Serve chunky grilled veggies on a skewer as an appetizer. Relax more and let your guests help. Lay out the food and skewers and let them put on just the vegetables they really want. You could also let them in on the fun of grilling and let them cook their own.
Casual entertaining in the backyard is one of the joys of summer. If you're like me and you've decided to invite a ton of folks to drop by throughout the day, it's more fun to play the day by ear than come up with a formal plan.