Labor Day is one week away. If you start your Plan to Entertain for Labor Day today and spread out your tasks, you’ll be sure to achieve our goal for you every single time you entertain at home: One relaxed hour before guests arrive.
Labor Day is the ideal holiday for doing just about everything in advance because you have both Saturday and Sunday to prepare. On Labor Day — a day designed to pay homage to “the laborer” — that would be you? — and provide a labor-less day, your Labor Day should be fairly labor-less.
At Home by Steve Poses: A Caterer’s Guide to Cooking & Entertaining includes suggested menus for most holidays and occasions. The menus are “built” from recipes featured in the book and/or on our website. Part 1 — Plan to Entertain — provides a handy step-by-step guide and includes a series of planning worksheets . You will be able to easily print recipes and worksheets from At Home Online. I doesn’t matter if you follow the guide and use the worksheets as long as you adhere to the spirit that planning is the key to excellent and relaxed entertaining.
Here’s my menu for next year from At Home by Steve Poses:
Labor Day Backyard Barbecue
3XL (alcoholic lemonade)
Tex-Mex Chopped Salad
Stuffed Beef Burgers
Sweet & Sour Slaw
This Labor Day
The plan for the blog this week is to provide you with a series of do ahead, room temperature recipes that are guaranteed to make your Labor Day delicious. Just add the burgers, the beer and assign out the dessert. Any of these would make a wonderful “contribution” to someone else’s Labor Day.
Tuesday — Lesson: Peeling Tomatoes
Wednesday — My Handmade Gazpacho for a Crowd
Thursday –Couscous & Corn Salad
Friday – Green & Yellow Bean Salad
Saturday – Grilled Eggplant & Assorted Sweet & Hot Peppers
Sunday – A Lemonade Alternative: Lime Rickey
So, this week’s blog will be filled with great recipes to share with friends and family. It’s a good time to suggest they subscribe to the blog to save you the trouble of constantly emailing recipes. In the spirit of Labor Day — less labor for you!
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