Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Memorial Weekend Cooking

The first observance of Memorial Day was held May 30, 1868 to honor soldiers killed in Civil War. Today Memorial Day is celebrated the last Monday in May to honor all Americans who have given their lives during wartime. The event became a federal holiday in 1971.
There are many ways large and small to pay tribute on this day to those who lost their lives and those missing in action by displaying a flag, writing a letter or contacting a family who has a missing service member or who has lost a loved one, attending a Memorial Day service/ceremony or parade in your area and visiting a grave site. Be sure to check your newspapers for other events being held in your area.

Often the holiday is celebrated with get-togethers. Here are some easy, no-fuss ideas. 
7 Layer Salad gets a holiday makeover
Ever Ready Round-Up Ideas 
Moroccan Grilled Chicken Kabobs
Raspberry Chipotle Bean Dip
Cook's Notes: I could have skipped the lunch and just eaten the dip it was that good! By the time I remembered to take a photo this small portion was all that was left. 
Only 5 ingredients. Next' go around' I thought Peach Mango Salsa would be a good substitution for Raspberry Chipotle Salsa to try.  Start out small with chili powder and work your way up the hotness gauge. 
1 lb. mild Italian sausage or Mexican chorizo
1 jar of Mrs, Renfro's  Raspberry Chipotle Salsa 
1-2 tsp. chili powder  
1/2 can refried beans
1/2 prepared  package of Mexican 4 Cheeses
  • In a large skillet brown meat, Drain grease and use a food processor to crumble meat. Wipe pan clean and add meat back into pan with a jar of salsa, chili powder, refried beans and cheese. Mix well and cook on low heat, uncovered about 20 minutes. 
  • Serve with chips 
I had company for a fiesta lunch which included chicken burrito bowls. Watermelon slices were an easy side to add. Recipe previously posted but some updated photos. 

Red White and Blue Parfaits, Texas Style Buttermilk Brownies and Firecracker Red Cupcakes with Coconut Filling

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