Labor Day

A Genius Labor Day Party

August 29, 2012

Every week -- often with your help --  FOOD52's Senior Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius.

Next we'll be back with our regularly scheduled Genius Recipes, but for this week, I give you: A Genius Labor Day Party Menu! The only themes (besides each recipe's special genius flair) are 1) going big -- like, huge -- with summer flavors, and 2) crowd-pleasing. Because when people get a day off work, they really just want to eat deviled eggs and guacamole, bold salad and equally creamy pasta, and steak. And of course, cake.

A Genius Labor Day Party Menu

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Virginia Willis' Deviled Eggs

deviled eggs


Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole

best guacamole


April Bloomfield's Lemon Caper Dressing

lemon caper dressing


Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream & Five Cheeses

penne al forno


Steven Raichlen's Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Grilled in Cloth (Lomo al Trapo)

grilled filet mignon


Brooke Dojny's Blueberry Snack Cake with Toasted Pecan Topping

blueberry snack cake

Want to browse more Genius Recipes and make your own menu? Go here!

Got a genius recipe to share -- from a classic cookbook, an online source, or anywhere, really? Please send it my way (and tell me what's so smart about it) at [email protected].

Photos by James Ransom

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  • Michael Hoffman
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  • Kringler
I'm an ex-economist, ex-Californian who moved to New York to work in food media in 2007. Dodgy career choices aside, I can't help but apply the rational tendencies of my former life to things like: recipe tweaking, digging up obscure facts about pizza, and deciding how many pastries to put in my purse for "later."


Michael H. February 8, 2013
Ahhh, dreaming of summertime.
Kringler August 29, 2012
Looks like a fab menu. Thanks!