Whether you're at the beach, or at the lake, or just bumping around home soaking up your last long weekend for a good while (don't think about it), these recipes will make the weekend happier, more festive, more memorable, and therefore make it last, maybe forever.
Don't just grill a burger; stuff it with bacon and chorizo and smear romesco all over it! Eat pimento cheese! And barbecue chicken with two types of mayo! Stand around drinking boozy grasshopper shakes and eating little salt-crusted potatoes and making a mess of yourself.
Let's go all out for Labor Day. Here are 27 ways to do it.
Louisa Shafia's Watermelon, Mint, and Cider Vinegar Tonic
Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole
Brigit Binns' Crab Cakes
Maricel E. Presilla's Cuban Avocado, Watercress, and Pineapple Salad
Patricia Yeo's Sesame Noodles
Molly Wizenberg & Brandon Pettit's Red Wine Vinaigrette
Yotam Ottolenghi's Sweet Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce
Sarah Leah Chase's Scalloped Tomatoes
Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid's Spicy Cucumber Salad
Kevin Gillespie's Creamless Creamed Corn with Mushrooms and Lemon
Vera Obias' Cheddar & Black Pepper Cornbread
Kevin Gillespie's Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce
Michael Ruhlman's Pasta with Tomato Water, Basil, and Garlic
Suzanne Goin's Grilled Pork Burgers
Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Steven Raichlen's Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Grilled in Cloth (Lomo al Trapo)
Bill Smith's Atlantic Beach Pie
Tell us: What are you cooking this weekend?
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