Labor day weekend starts tomorrow and your neighbors have decided to have a last minute bbq...what should you take? Here are a few quick ideas.
1. Instead of the normal vegetable tray, purchase some small plastic cups. 8oz glasses should work well and can usually be found at your local grocery store. Fill the bottom with ranch dressing or a homemade dip of your choice. Then add cut vegetables. I suggest ones that you can cut in strips like carrots, celery and different color sweet peppers. If you want to add other items like cherry tomatoes, broccoli or cauliflower, consider put them on a skewer.
2. Sliced grilled pineapple. Want something a little different, purchase a fresh pineapple and cut in 1/4 - 1/2 inch slices. Have the cook put them on the grill while he is finishing up the longer cooked meats. You might want to check with the hostess first to make sure there will be room on the grill for your pineapple.
3. You are in the south, think about a large pitcher of sweet tea or homemade lemonade. It's perfect for those looking for a non alcoholic choice. Want to change them up a little, consider adding free mint leaves or peach nectar.
4. It's that time of year when you should start to find homegrown apples in the area. Think about making your favorite cobbler or apple pie. Don't forget the vanilla ice cream to go with it. You can't go wrong with apple pie a la mode.
5. Finally, think about taking a cute hostess gift with you. Your hostess has most likely spent days working on the food, cleaning her house and decorating. How nice would it be for them to have a sweet gift to open when everyone leaves. Think about a relaxing candle or a nice bottle of wine.
As you are enjoying your holiday weekend, whether traveling for that last vacation or spending time with your friends, remember those in Texas and the emergency workers putting countless hours in to help rescue people.