Batten down the hatches!!! My parents and my brother are driving up from Florida to visit me for Labor Day. Plus I got some other cousins and aunts and uncles coming in from about an hour away. Lord help! It’s not that I don’t want them to visit — it’s the planning that can be tricky. And figuring out a menu isn’t going to be easy. Maybe I can talk my cousin into bringing something to help with the menu. What would be nice is having a whole roast pig, but since that ain’t gonna happen I’m going to have to improvise. And too bad my grill just busted. Good thing there’s still the trusty Smokey Joe. . . and as a side note, here’s what the Department of Labor says about Labor Day.
Luckily, another aunt and uncle (also from Florida) came in for a visit a few weeks ago so the meal they had here was essentially a trial run. But since there’s gonna be more people, I’m going to need to expand a bit. I do want to make some stuff focused on local goods and made in Michigan things, but I also want to make some things that I know they’ll like. I did find some Labor Day ideas at Grilling.com, Martha, and Yum Sugar. So here’s what I might end up doing (which I hope to post on these new ones soon):
Roast pork shoulder
Sautéed green beans with mushrooms
Zucchini Ribbons with Garlic Confit
Steamed Mussels with Glass noodle
Something with Rhubarb (probably a Raspberry and Rhubarb tart)
Of course all this planning might just go out the window, so I’m going to wait until the last minute to do any shopping. There’ll probably be a trip to Windsor in the making. Or maybe a quick jaunt to Toronto (if I’m lucky)!