We’ve had a very soggy spring. It has been raining nearly perpetually since April. We’ve had a lot of flooding and (not) enjoyed some very frightening and bizarre weather. So I’m hoping that Memorial Day is warm and sunny, full of friends, family and food.
5. Lobster Rolls
Lobster Roll, from the Foodist
There are recipes abound, but I trust Deb at SmittenKitchen and The Amateur Gourmet. I love, love lobster. It generally conjures memories of Christmas, as my parents always served lobster at Christmas as part of the Feast of Seven Fishes. Mr. Radar and I haven’t had lobster since we married, largely due to the fact that we live in a landlocked state. Maybe this weekend is the time to break out the lobster rolls. In case you need to brush up on your lobster roll lore, check out this article from Food & Wine.. You could even make your own buns. I do. Ask Steve the Weather Watcher.
4. Grilled Vegetables, All Kinds
Grilled Salad at Fine Cooking
Grilled Romaine with a homemade blue cheese dressing? Topped with bacon? More please. You can put all sorts of vegetables (and fruit!) on the grill- butter lettuce, potatoes, artichokes. Be adventurous and put a leafy green on the grill. Grill the potatoes BEFORE they go in the potato salad. It will taste better, I promise. Check out this article, 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill at Fine Cooking for more great ideas.
3. Refreshing Beverage for the Big Kids
Bourbon & Orange Smash from Eat, Make, Read
I’ll be using Bulleit, because this cocktail is delicious, but not good enough to use Mr. Radar’s beloved Woodford Reserve. For Everyone Else, There’s Lemonade.
2. Big Burger.
Chef Jason's New Englandah Burgah
It’s got maple syrup. Apples. Cheddar Cheese. All of my very favorite things. I’ve used this recipe many a time, and it has become my go-to burger recipe. I’ve tweaked it a bit, mostly to reduce serving size. I also liked to add grilled Vidalia onions. But go for this recipe. So if you can’t embrace the New Englandah moniker, think of a state you like better. Chances are if its say, Michigan, Wisconsin, or Ohio, they’ve got apples, maple syrup and cheddar cheese, too. That’s what I did. This summer, my goal is to create the Michigan burger. I’ve got a plan. And it involves cherries. (And yes, I’ve considered the irony of creating a Michigan burger in Ohio).
1. DESSERT. Multiple Kinds. Preferably with Strawberries.
Deb at SmittenKitchen has pretty much cornered the market on strawberry desserts.
I couldn’t leave it at one dessert. I think in a few weeks, I’ll do a whole RIQ for just strawberries. But for now, tide yourselves over with these:
Some strawberry cupcakes would be good, too. Strawberry shortcake is a classic, how about giving Martha’s Strawberry Shortcake with basil a try? I love the strawberry/basil combination. Feeling a little international? Try Caroline’s Eton Mess. I already know Mr. Radar will want this one =)