August 24 | Weekly Top 5 Easy Recipes for Labor Day

August 24 | Weekly Top 5 Easy Recipes for Labor Day

La·bor Day / noun / a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people

I don’t know about you all, but for me, a holiday in celebration of the working folk (hey, hi, hello, right here!! 🙋) is one best celebrated with the least work possible.  In honor of this very special holiday, this week’s WTF is a list of the best [and easiest!] Labor Day recipes we’ve found on the interwebs.  So make some plans to get yourself set up in the backyard with a grill, some booze, all of your best friends...and then enjoy your labor-free day chock full of some delicious graze-friendly fare.  #treatyoself

1. DRINK:

 Cucumber Lemonade from Smitten Kitchen 

Cucumber Lemonade from Smitten Kitchen 

Light & refreshing!  I’ll be adding gin to this, but feel free to enjoy sans-alcohol should that best suit your vibe!

2. SNACKS-N-STUFF:

This is a grazing affair after all, so if you’re looking for a hearty snacking option, check out this pimento cheese.  Don't worry about all the toast and peached though - just focus on just the pimento cheese - you can serve it with whatever you want (maybe employ some of the peaches from our dessert listed below as dipping agents).  We’re keeping it easy, so we like it best without the bacon. But you do you!

 Hand Salad from Bon Appetit

Hand Salad from Bon Appetit

  • Hand Salad - from Bon Appétit

    Okay, okay - we’re cheating a bit here, offering more than just our Top 5 recipes...but you really can’t have too many snacks, can you? Plus, this is kind of a snack and a salad, so we think it’s definitely allowed. Sure, this recipe may seem to suggest we want you to serve what appears to be a leaf of lettuce and some dippin' sauce...and that is because that is precisely what we’re suggesting you do.  We told you this would be easy.

Yes, we’re still cheating, but you’re gonna need to fire up the grill for  category #4 anyway...so go ahead and get lit!! Please  grill some avocados. They will change your life. Try them solo with some salt or fill ‘em with some pico de gallo (We love the pre-made pico from  51st Deli just down the street from Bare Bones Butcher).

3. SALAD :

 Tomato and Watermelon Salad from NYT Cooking 

Tomato and Watermelon Salad from NYT Cooking 

Use up that summer bounty!  Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and we’re just trying to bask in it while we still can.  

4. GET GRILLIN’:

 Bare Bones Butcher

Bare Bones Butcher

I could give you a really incredible recipe here for some chicken wings or some kind of delicious slow-cooked red meat BUT this is supposed to be easy and, honestly, Labor Day just kind of screams “hot dogs and burgers!”, no?  We advise you get your dogs and patties from our friends at Bare Bones Butcher in the Nations. Serve them up with some good quality buns and classic condiments, all of which you can snag from their one-stop shop! Heck, maybe even drink a beer while you wait for them to wrap up your stuff -- you deserve it.

5. DESSERT:

 Grilled Peaches with Whipped Cream and Dukkah from NYT Cooking

Grilled Peaches with Whipped Cream and Dukkah from NYT Cooking

  • Grilled Peaches with Whipped Cream and Dukkuh - from NYT Cooking

    • A peach pie made easy.  Cap your Labor Day cookout with the fruit of the summer - the peach.  Toss it on the grill to char it up a bit, and then toss on some whip cream, blueberries, and dukkah (buy this at Trader Joe’s, try making it yourself, or just ditch it all together! This is supposed to be easy after all.)


What I’ll be also enjoying but not necessarily making:

  • SeaQuench Ale by Dogfish Head has been my beer of the summer, so we’ll have a healthy slew of it on hand in my backyard come Labor Day.

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