Memorial Day Picnic!

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Memorial Day is an American holiday that celebrates those military men and women who have lost their lives while serving our country. Most Americans like to celebrate Memorial Day with a picnic or cookout in honor of our fallen soldiers. Here’s my Memorial Day Picnic Menu!

Photo Courtesy memorialdaypics.com
Photo Courtesy memorialdaypics.com

Have a picnic in your backyard, or pack a picnic basket to take with you in the car to your favorite picnic location! I live near Washington, DC so many of the national memorials are within an hour of my home. Check out the memorials in your local area and be sure to pay your respects to our fallen soldiers.

For your picnic, remember to pack plates, plastic or metal silverware, napkins, beverage glasses, a sharp knife, serving utensils, and your fabulous food items! A nice picnic tablecloth is a festive addition. If you plan to enjoy your picnic while sitting on the ground, be sure to take a large heavy blanket. Ice packs will help keep your food cool.

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Memorial Day Picnic

Remember to have a few appetizers starting with my Mom’s “Famous” Deviled Eggs Mom-Style.

Deviled Eggs Mom-Style (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Deviled Eggs Mom-Style (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Additionally, as a nice and easy bite-sized appetizer, you can make my Smoked Salmon Spread on Pumpernickel Squares.

Smoked Salmon Nibbles for a Party!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Smoked Salmon Nibbles for a Party! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My favorite summery Insalata Caprese — or Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Basil — is a hit with most everybody. Make a big batch and store in a container to take with you.

Insalata Caprese - ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic vinegar reduction and fresh basil
Insalata Caprese – ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic vinegar reduction and fresh basil

It’s not a picnic without my Creamy Coleslaw!

Creamy Coleslaw for your Picnic! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Creamy Coleslaw for your Picnic! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

One of the most popular recipes on this site is my Dill Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing.

Dill Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Dill Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Make a few sandwiches to go with the salads! The Food Lover’s Favorite Chicken Salad Sandwich is a great start.

The Food Lover's Favorite Chicken Salad Sandwich!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
The Food Lover’s Favorite Chicken Salad Sandwich! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas are great hot or cold.

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadilla with Monterey Jack Cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Spinach and Mushroom Quesadilla with Monterey Jack Cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Take along my Super Sloppy Joes. Keep the filling warm in a thermal container, or serve cold. Take the buns along and assemble the Sloppy Joes just before serving.

Super Sloppy Joe ready for you to try!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Super Sloppy Joe ready for you to try! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

It’s not the beginning of summer without my Honey Mustard Baked Beans! (Serve hot or cold.)

Honey Mustard Baked Beans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Honey Mustard Baked Beans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

And for a healthier dessert, serve my Minty Fruit Salad. Of course you can take along some cookies or brownies, if you wish!

Minty Fruit Salad (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Minty Fruit Salad (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Offer white, red or sparkling wines, beer, soft drinks, and filtered water for your picnic guests.

Hope you have an enjoyable Memorial Day, and that the weather cooperates wherever you are!

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