Did You Know?
The word "picnic" comes from
the French word "pique-nique" meaning "a
fashionable social entertainment" in which each guest brings
a contribution to the feast. In other words, pique-nique
was a fancy way of saying "potluck."
Have a Safe and Fun
Memorial Day Holiday
Food safety is the most important part
of picnic planning, as food can spoil very quickly out of
refrigeration. It is important to keep food safety in mind
when planning for and packing a picnic.
Advice on Handling Leftovers Safely
Leftover" foods are cooked foods that you or your family does not
eat within 2 hours after they are cooked. The chance of food
poisoning increases the longer you store a food after it is cooked.
Improper handling or storing cooked food is one of the most common
causes of food poisoning in the home.
Buffet and Party Safety
- Have a safe and fun party.
Food Safety - Golden rules of food safety.
Using a Cooking
or Meat Thermometer
For the perfect prime rib, turkey, or ham for your
Have you ever cut into a roast or a turkey to see if it has
finished cooking? Never guess if your meat is done again!
Purchase and Use a Good Instant-Read Thermometers
Meat and Seafood Internal Temperature Cooking Chart
Picnic Safety Tips
There is also one sure thing at every picnic-lots of good
food. The important point is to have safe and healthy food,
not food that can cause food borne illness.
Summer Safety Tips
Summer is the time for barbecues and
picnics. The biggest party crasher at summer picnic and
buffets is food borne bacteria. You can't see them, you
can't taste them - but you sure can feel them if illness
occurs hours or days later.
Memorial Day is more than just a 3-day weekend or
marking the start of summer!
Originally known as Decoration Day, it was established in 1868 to
commemorate the dead from the Civil War. Over the years it came to
serve as a day to remember all U.S. men and women killed or missing
in action in all wars. Without their sacrifices we would not be free
to ask questions, to challenge our political leaders, and to take an
active role in our system of government. To them we owe an unrepayable debt.
Please also remember
and honor our present veterans and soldiers overseas.
Please share with your children and grandchildren the real purpose
of Memorial Day. While it is traditional and fun to go on picnics
and camping, our children should still be taught the true meaning of
this holiday and why we recognize Memorial Day.
Take the time
to do something with your family and friends. What could be better
than sharing a wonderful meal together?
How about an old-fashioned Picnic?
Memorial Day has become synonymous with the beginning of summer by
celebrating with barbecues, outdoor cooking, camping, and summer
fun. While regional variations are numerous, there are still
favorite dishes and foods which immediately come to mind.
How about fried chicken,
potato salad, baked beans, lemonade or sweet tea, and apple pie?
If this sounds good, check out some of America's favorite summer
Favorite Potato Salad
All your favorite pies (apple,
blackberry, lemon meringue, and many more pies)
Corn On The Cob
Ice Cream (any flavor)
Chips (various flavors) and Dip
Great Grilling and Barbecuing
Take advantage of the weather and fire up the grill
on your Memorial Day holiday weekend – Check out these great grilling and
barbecuing recipes to help make your holiday event a masterpiece
of July guests will love. There is something compelling about the
smell of food being cooked over a charcoal pit, open flame or
Barbecue, Grilling and Smoking Recipes
Beef, Pork, Poultry, Fruit & Vegetable Recipes
More Memorial Day Recipes
Make sure you are prepared for the holiday with these wonderful easy-to-make recipes. From the
main course to dessert, there's a red-white-and-blue treat for
Dinner Party Menus and Recipes
- Sizzling menus that are
perfect for an outdoor gathering.
All-American Desserts - Indulge
yourself, and your friends, and family with cakes, pies, cookies,
Lots of wonderful salad recipes to delight everyone
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Summer is not summer without some
wonderful recipes using the fresh fruits of the season
- Lots of wonderful
vegetable dish to make for the family