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A Working Person's Feast

Guest Author - Lisa Babick

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A Working Person's Feast

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In the U.S., Labor Day (the first Monday in September) celebrates all working men and women who have contributed to wealth and well-being of this great nation. Americans celebrate the day with picnics, barbecues and parades. It's a time to relax with family and friends.

Labor Day also signals the official end of summer and time for back-to-school.

Our Working Person's Feast is a simple meal to make. After all, who wants to work hard on a meal on a day that is meant for relaxing? Each of these dishes take less than 1 hour to prepare and cook. The brownies can be made a day or two ahead of time and the steaks need to marinate overnight.

Since this is a casual meal, the ambience should be casual as well. Decorations should be simple. Try placing U.S. flags in clay flowerpots filled with jelly beans or peanuts. Cover tables with traditional checkered tablecloths. Fill wheelbarrows with ice for canned drinks and beer and place them in accessible spots for guests to grab their own.

A Working Person's Feast Menu

Grilled Taco Nachos - Simple to prepare, these nachos are a perfect Labor Day appetizer.

Grilled Rib Eye Steaks - This simple steak will melt in your mouth. Make it on the grill or in the broiler.

Smashed Potatoes - The kids can help with this one. Creamy and delicious.

Corn on the Cob - You can cook this corn on the grill or in the oven.

Beer Cocktail - Cool and refreshing, this drink is the perfect thirst quencher after a hard day of work.

Heavenly Hash Brownies -
A super scrumptious dessert perfect to honor the superman and woman of the house.

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