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Memorial Day



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Memorial Day
Lest we forget.....

"Why are these women here dancing on their own?
Why is there this sadness in their eyes? ...
...They're dancing with the missing
They're dancing with the dead
They dance with the invisible ones
Their anguish is unsaid
They're dancing with their fathers
They're dancing with their sons
They're dancing with their husbands
They dance alone
They dance alone..."
 ~ Sting


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The Flag of the United States of America


Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that, for many, marks
the beginning of summer. I suppose I didn't actually realize until recently how
important that is to me. I've never considered myself overly "patriotic". The
fact is, though, that I love these United States of America passionately, however imperfect they may be. Looking back at what it really means to honor those who
have died in the service of their country gives me pause. Freedom is not free.
This goes far beyond political partisanship, race or gender. To me it is a matter
of honor, pure and simple.
Thank God, I've not experienced the horror of losing a member of my immediate family to war. Be that as it may, a number of family members walked the walk,
but did not fall. My uncle is a former Marine, the father of my sons an Air Force
veteran, as was his father before him. My step-father, a man who was a very significant and influential figure in my life, was career Air Force as well. These
men  had the courage of their convictions and considered it an honor to serve
their country. They placed their lives on the line, willingly. They were spared.
I dare not allow myself to forget those who were not so fortunate. And I hope
you'll remember, too. [MG, May 2001]

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Okay, Memorial Day is also the beginning of summer festivities, and this is, after
all, La Belle Cuisine, a haven for food aficionados, right?  Let's bring on the food!

So, what's your goal? Casual, laid back, fun, fun, fun?  How about this?

All-American Barbecue Menu

Or perhaps you're into entertaining the boss and family. You don't mind
putting in a little extra effort, but still want to fire up the grill. No problem...

Charlie Trotter Cooks at Home
Menu with wine suggestions.  And recipes, of course!

To quench your thirst...

What to drink???

More delicious ideas:
Annie Lou's Fried Chicken
Barbecued Texas Beef Brisket
Cowboy Cuisine
Different Smokes for Different Folks
Emeril's Garlic Meatball Po' Boys
Foolproof Grilled Chicken
Grilled Shrimp Tequila
Key Lime Pie, Three Ways
Memphis-Style Ribs
Potato salad, let me count the ways...
Roasted Garlic Bread with Gorgonzola
Strawberry Margarita Pie
Time to break out the grill!
Whoopi Goldberg's Big Bad Ass Ribs

Live it up... 
Summer Holiday Recipe Index!


And here, in the New Orleans tradition, is the
"lagniappe", the little something extra:

Piña Colada Pie

 3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups milk
4 beaten egg yolks
One 8 1/4-ounce can crushed
pineapple, well drained
3/4 cup flaked coconut
3 tablespoons rum 
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Fully Baked Pastry Shell
1/3 cup flaked coconut
1 cup whipping cream, whipped

1. In a medium saucepan combine sugar and flour. Gradually stir in milk.
Cook and stir over medium-high heat till mixture is thickened and
bubbly. Reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove
from heat.
2. Gradually stir about 1 cup of the hot mixture into the egg yolks. Return
all to saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes
more. Remove from heat. Stir in pineapple, 3/4 cup coconut, the
rum, butter, and vanilla. Pour hot filling into baked pastry shell.
Cool on a rack for 1 hour. Chill for 3-6 hours before serving.
3. Meanwhile, spread 1/3 cup coconut in a thin layer in a small baking
pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 5-10 minutes or
till golden, stirring once or twice. Remove and cool on a rack.
4. Decorate the pie with the whipped cream. Sprinkle the toasted coconut
over the whipped cream. Store in the refrigerator.

 Friends and neighbors, mes amis, if this doesn’t whet your appetite for summer festivities, I give up. Let us pray for peace and for the preservation of freedom.
God bless you all, and keep you safe and well.
Your Webmistress wishes you an
excellent holiday and reminds you, as always, to live with Passion.


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  Honor Vets by Doc


The Final Roll Call


"It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love,
are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think
of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I
am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the
love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and
fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one."

~ M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating icon icon



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