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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Labor Day Cook Outs

In America this weekend is seen as the last weekend of summer.  We celebrate Labor so this is a three day weekend.  That usually means a picnic or cookout.

Safety – if you are using a charcoal grill try using one of the “chimney” starters instead of the usual liquid ones.  That helps prevent that “Jet Fuel” taste on the food and are safer.
Also remember to keep cold food cold and hot food hot.

Menu – BIG choices!!  Ribs, Chicken Brisket all can be great choices as is steak, hamburger and hot dogs.  Not all once of course!!  Remember to have lots of water on hand.  Not just for drinking but in case of flare ups on the grill

Salads – How you beat a homemade potato salad?  Maybe with a Pasta Primavera Salad??

Pasta Primavera Salad

Cook 2 pounds of your favorite pasta – even spaghetti will work.  Once cooled put it in ice water and leave it until you are ready.

Slice or dice all of the following

1 small red pepper
1 small green pepper
½ pound of broccoli
½ pound of Cauliflower
½ red onions

Drain the pasta and add the veggies

Toss with good Italian dressing or your favorite like a Caesar.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Just before you serve make chiffonade of Basil and sprinkle over the salad.