But I finally figured out that my sons’ birthday will always be around Memorial Day. And since I named them after dead presidents, our chances of having a patriotica-laden, joint Memorial Day-birthday party are extremely high. A decade at a New York firm meant a decade of Memorial Day being just another work day for everyone, but now that’s a different story, and we’re primed to celebrate.
The upshot is that I invested in some memorial day paraphrenalia: picnic blankets, an ice bucket, a big glass punch dispenser, and a cooler. Maybe that was dumb because when we have an entertaining house we’ll have all our Memorial Day cookouts in our giant backyard. Oh well, I feel like I shouldn’t be borrowing a punch dispenser and a cooler from friends every year for Fluffernutter’s B-day at Cox Farms anyway.
I purposely procrastinated so that I would not go over the top on this party this year. We invited only 5 families for 2 hours of picnicking and strawberry picking at a field way west of here. I did furnish the family with matchy-matchy outfits which I am very excited about, and I did buy the requisite flageddy napkins, plates, straws, and cups, but that’s really it. I didn’t even make a “Hail to the Chiefs” printable water bottle wrapper. Next year, I’m going all out, but this year, I have to save my strength for screaming at tile. Neurologist’s orders.
So after shopping all morning, I’ve spent the past 10 hours preparing food. It’s all right on trend, i.e. homey classics with a twist.
Southwestern green salad
spring greens, cilantro, red onion, grilled corn,
black beans, tortilla chips, taco cheese, BBQ ranch
red potatoes, basil, parsley, dill and lemon dressing
heirloom tomatoes, English cucumber, watermelon
and avocado in balsamic and herb vinaigrette
(I used toasted almonds instead of walnuts.)
S’mores rice krispy treats
charred marshmallows, dark chocolate,
golden grahams and rice krispies
Fresh Strawberry Lemonade
I still have the desserts to do and I have to prep my classes. And we have another political dinner party to go to tomorrow night. I’m going to sleep Sunday afternoon though.
Here’s my recipe for the carcinogenic s’mores treats. If the fire alarm doesn’t go off at least once, you’re not trying hard enough.
Melt butter in a saucepan, remove from heat.
Heat broiler. Place jumbo marshmallows on a single layer on a baking sheet. Broil marshmallows on the highest rack until blackened on top. Do not leave the oven. The marshmallows will catch fire very easily.
Scrape marshmallows into melted butter and cook on low in sauce pan stirring until marshmallows are fully dissolved. Add vanilla.
Let cool slightly then stir into cereal mixture. Add the remaining chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Stir and press into pan. Let cool. Cut into squares.