Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Recipes for a memorable Labor Day barbecue

There is less than a week to go before Labor Day, the last long weekend of the summer.
   It’s a perfect time to give those favorite summer recipes a last big hurrah before you come back to them again next year.
   Here are my recipe recommendations for a family Labor Day barbecue to send off summer in style.

Start with Herb Pita Crisps. They’re easy to make, and they’ll be gobbled up, so make sure no one spoils their appetites!

Serve Raspberry Limeade with the appetizers, and with supper. If you have a lot of people, you’ll need to make a few batches. Luckily this drink is super-simple to make, and part of it can be done in advance.

Grilled Lemon-Oregano Chicken Drumsticks are the “main dish.” This is one of my all-time favorite summer recipes. The recipe can be doubled, tripled and quadrupled as needed, and it can be marinated for as little as 30 minutes or as long as two days!

Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad will make a magnificent accompaniment. You can definitely make this in advance of dinner.

Warm Bread with Garlic-Herb Butter will take up side duties admirably. Make the full recipe of butter, and make sure to have a couple of loaves on hand!

Finish things off grandly with Tunnel of Fudge Cake. It’s a favorite around here, and it might become a favorite for your family, too.

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