Friday, August 31

Labor Day Menu Planning

No birthday is complete without a cake. Try something different featuring fresh summer fruit. Pictured: Blackberry Buttermilk Cake

I’m lucky enough to have a birthday that always falls on or around Labor Day, making every year’s celebration last at least three days. It’s an extra excuse to do something special and take advantage of the last long weekend of summer. My fiancĂ© and I will be taking a drive up California’s central coast, enjoying some of the state’s most beautiful beaches, quaint towns, and great local seafood. Hopefully we’ll also get a chance to stop off at a farmers market or roadside stand and pick up the last crop of summer produce to enjoy when we get home. Here are some recipes to help you eat (and party) like it’s your birthday too.

Take advantage of the last heirloom tomatoes of the season with one more caprese. Pictured: The Perfect Caprese Salad

A special occasion (or any meal) is always made better with some lobster. Pictured: Steamed Whole Lobster

Corn is one of my favorite summer vegetables. Pictured: Corn & Chorizo Salad

No party is complete without a refreshing cocktail. Pictured: Kumquatinis