Wishing You a Memorable Memorial Day

by Lian on May 31, 2010

A star-spangled gift from my mother

A star-spangled gift from my mother

To all the Chaos Crew…

Wishing you all a meaningful  Memorial Day. I know that we have a number of service people and their families who listen to the show and follow the blog, both at home and abroad. Thank you for everything you do and all the sacrifices you make.

To commemorate Memorial Day this year, we bought a new flag and my husband rigged it yesterday just in time for our Memorial Day family bash. I knew he had done a good job when the self-appointed Neighborhood Flag Marshal commented on how beautiful our flag looked.

For Memorial Day.. and the Wold Cup

For Memorial Day.. and the World Cup

While he flew the Stars and Stripes, I blanched the beans and asparagus. I know I said on Chaos Chronicles Podcast 232 that the get-together was about swimming, not lunch. But then my husband said, “I’ll grill.” And the food prep escalated fro there. I took out my trusted Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and adapted the Grilled Tuna Salad Nicoise for our needs.

The Contessa's Grilled Lemon Oregono Chicken instead of Tuna!

Crowd-pleasing Grilled Lemon Oregano Chicken instead of Tuna!

Roasted Peppers, Blanched Asparaus and beans on a bed of Argula.

Roasted Peppers, Blanched Asparagus and beans on a bed of Arugula.

Grilled Shrimp! With Lemon and Garlic.

Grilled Shrimp! With Lemon and Garlic.

My mom's Roast Beef Sammies on theme-wear!

My mom's Roast Beef Sammies on theme-wear!

French Potato Salad with famer's market potatoes and herbs from my garden in a champagne vinaigrette

French Potato Salad with farmer's market potatoes and herbs from my garden in a champagne vinaigrette

My sister-in-law brought Sprinkles Cupcakes in honor of my nephew Daniels 10th birthday. By the time I made the coffee and lead the family in Happy Birthday, the cupcakes were gone! Too late for a picture!

Today,  we’ll be slapping the leftovers between two slices of delicious dill bread  and adding some fresh goat cheese for paninis!

Enjoy your day off. Embracing my Chaos, Lian



Cyndi June 1, 2010 at 5:56 PM

That potato salad looks delicious … nice spread!

Christine D. June 1, 2010 at 3:52 AM

I am out of the loop, for some reason have not gotten the barefoot contessa cookbook yet….will do immediately…. it IS about the food and I seem to need a refresher course! the photos are great …. thanks Lian.

Anne Goodrich May 31, 2010 at 8:27 PM

I love the Barefoot Contessa – she’s all about assembling simple things rather than really taking a huge amount of time to make complicated stuff. Love her brownie recipe – it’s my go to and everyone loves them.

Christina May 31, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Wow…very nice looking spread Lian!

Lian May 31, 2010 at 2:31 PM

KBR– Click through the recipe link for the Nicoise salad– and you will find the French Potato Salad recipe at the end.


Sue in NJ May 31, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Thank you for the meaningful Memorial Day wishes, Lian. Looks like your family celebrated in style! I am remembering my two favorite veterans, this weekend — my parents, both Army vets of World War II.

chpdlivr May 31, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Anything I ever make from the Contessa’s cookbooks turn out great. I think the Nicoise Salad would be good for my bookclub weekend at the cabin.

Your Memorial Day spread looks fantastic. Presentation is everything!! ( I think Martha said that)

kbradcliffe May 31, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Would love the potato salad recipe. If I can get my herbs to grown, it looks fantastic!

Laura May 31, 2010 at 9:05 AM


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