PREP FOR LABOR DAY — ON IT’S WAY
I always find that Labor Day weekend is on my doorstep before I finish sweeping the sand off the front porch. This time I’m preparing myself in advance and gathering my thoughts for food and drinks for my busy holiday weekend.
Actually, I’m not really the “host with the most” on this particular end of summer weekend. The reality of it is that more often than not we like to spend the weekend sitting back and relaxing. The long hours of the work-week and the heat of the summer commute takes its toll and it’s a good excuse to “veg” and unwind.
To facilitate my relaxation for the long weekend, I like to prepare easy meals with not much fussing, though I like to have my meals reflect the season. So follow me for the next few posts that will include a few recipes and some cool wines you can enjoy.
This first installment has an easy appetizer you can make for two or twenty-two. All you need to do is adjust the ingredients to fit your needs.
I’m going to start with one of my favorites which I posted a while ago. Mushroom Bacon Appetizers is soooooo simple. I made only 4 last week “just because” I felt like having them and no one was home to share them with me. You can find the recipe in an earlier post in June.
Drinks for the holiday weekend can vary from non-alcoholic to a myriad of mixed drinks, to the usual beer and wine. This post has a selection of white wines for your end of summer entertaining.
I’m starting with the ever-versatile, food friendly Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve picked two from New Zealand which I have had many times and always enjoy. I hope you will give them a try with your holiday weekend food-fest.
Elephant Hill Sauvignon Blanc ($17) from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand is a refreshing white wine that has characteristic herbal aromas of fresh cut grass and straw and light citrus notes of lime. It’s crisp acidity has flavors of green pepper, asparagus and a touch of rosemary. This will pair well with grilled vegetables, green salads, roasted peppers and even seafood with lemon/butter sauce.
2008 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc ($18) from Marlborough, New Zealand is another refreshing white wine with crisp lemon zest, passion fruit and lime that is perfect for sipping or pairing with the grilled vegetables, pork, salmon, and a summer favorite, fresh oysters.
More to come.