And just like that, Labor Day ushers out the Summer and ushers in the Fall.

Now since many of us are going to be having well-earned long and relaxing weekends to spend with great family and friends, why not create a fun Labor Day Weekend menu with some of these OUTRAGEOUS, SUPER easy-to-follow recipes that I’ve come up with over the summer?!

In fact, I’ve even put a little menu together for you with a few options that yours truly suggests. ¬†Whatever you decide to make, EVERYONE in attendance will probably ask you to make these again and again…or beg you for the recipe! ūüėú


Mexican Street Corn

Not only is this so incredibly delicious and crazy easy to make, it will be on your plate in 10 minutes from the moment you begin cooking. The perfect appetizer to any meal.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Everyone who’s made my hummus has said it is so much better than any store bought AND it’s WAY healthier than cream-based dips. Perfect as a starter dip to welcome your guests!

Southern Boiled Peanuts

No say-goodbye-to-summer gathering in the South would be complete without some rootin’ tootin’ boiled peanuts (okay, maybe I’m trying too hard with some of these words but I’m running out of adjectives here). Give ’em a try – they’re salty, they’re spicy and they’re a joy to pass around either while the guests are arriving or while sitting around a bonfire later in the evening.


New England Clam Chowder

This will very likely be one of the best clam chowders you’ve ever slurped, if not THE best. It will be the perfect starter for any meal, particularly a clam bake or shrimp boil.

Lobster Bisque

My lobster bisque gets tons of loving too! It pairs beautifully with any seafood or meat dish to follow. One taste and you’ll end up licking the bowl clean. Guaranteed.


Magical Macaroni Salad

This loaded macaroni salad takes it to the next level and is SO easy to make (not to mention, it’s pretty to look at). ¬†The perfect companion to those Baby Back Ribs.

Rigatoni Alla Vodka

My most popular pasta dish is so rich, creamy, tomatoey and cheesy that it’ll pretty much make you never want a different Alla Vodka again. Goes perfect with the Baby Back Ribs, Shrimp Boil and Lobster Rolls.

Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is one for the books. ¬†Not only is it delightful served cold, but it’s JUST as good served hot. ¬†A mean, green, delicious machine that will pair beautifully with just about any dish!


Baby Back Ribs

Not only are these one of my most popular recipes, they are also so fall-off-the-bone tender and full of a hickory flavor, your guests will think you smoked them for hours.  Pairs beautifully with the Macaroni Salad, Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad and Mexican Street Corn!

Mussels Mariniere

It’s time to flex your mussels! ¬†These are so unbelievably simple and delicious – not to mention a sauce that will have you sopping up every last drop with some crusty french bread.

Shrimp Boil

Another recipe that is literally a dump-it-in-the-pot and relax while having a few cocktails or beers. ¬†Once that lid comes off and you dig into this treasure, you’ll be hooked on it for life.

French Onion Chicken

Ah, my French Onion Chicken. ¬†Not only is it one of my most popular recipes, it’s also gone mega-viral within the Instant Pot world! EVERYONE is making it and EVERYONE is loving it. But don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself. Sheer perfection. This will pair up wonderfully with my Hummus starting the meal.

Lobster Rolls

Not only will you be able to make Lobster Rolls in your Instant Pot, but you’ll be making some of the best ones you’ve ever sunk you teeth into. Pairs as a wonderful follow-up to my New England Clam Chowder.

Polynesian Pineapple Chicken

I am really in love with this dish. The sauce is on another level and the tender chicken thighs coupled with the pineapples and peppers will send your mouth and belly on a trip to the tropics. Follow it up with my decadent Pineapple Upside Down cake.


Apple Crumble

This All-American dessert FULL of soft apples entrenched in a rich and gooey caramel-maple sauce is one of my most popular requests! Serve it after ANY meal with heaping scoops of vanilla ice cream and extra caramel sauce – especially with the Baby Back Ribs to keep in line with that American theme.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

A cake so moist, so pineapple-y and SO flavorful with a brown butter sauce cascading over the top, your eyes may roll back in pure bliss. Serve this one up right after the Polynesian Pineapple Chicken (or any meal).

Bananas Foster

What can I say?  This one will just make you appreciate life a little more.  Goes great after any meal.

So? Whaddya think? ¬†Run to the market or Costco today and get crackin’!

These are also only a sliver of options I have to offer with MANY MANY more at!

Thanks for everyone’s love and support and have a pleasant, safe and DELICIOUS holiday weekend!