Memorial Day is the day we join together as nation to remember all those who gave their lives defending our nation. It’s also a day that many families travel from far and wide to get together and enjoy good company and good food.

Here are some tried and true Memorial Day recipes that are sure to please the crew.

For starters, serve a festive blue punch!

Blue Punch

1 package blue kool-aid
1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle white cranberry juice
1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime soda
8 scoops vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup white sugar

To mix this simple punch, combine all ingredients except ice cream in a large punch bowl. When you are ready to serve, add in the ice cream. You can also substitute other blue drinks for the kool-aid, such as Hawaiian punch. And of course, you can add your choice of alcoholic drink to the mix to liven up your party.

Red, White, and Blue Ambrosia

This is a great make-ahead dish, since its ingredients work best when they’ve had time to marry.

1 pint heavy cream
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
2 cups sour cream
1.5 cups flaked coconut
1 pint strawberries, sliced
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 pint fresh blueberries
3 cups miniature marshmallows

First, combine the heavy cream and confectioners' sugar. Whip until creamy and then add the sour cream. Fold in flaked coconut, berries, and marshmallow. Cover and chill before serving.

Barbecue Beef

Memorial Day wouldn’t be complete without barbeque. It’s practically the national summer food of the United States! This great recipe comes from the Food Network’s own Sandra Lee and her show “Semi-Homemade Cooking”

1 rack beef back ribs (about 3 pounds total), cut in 1/2
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 cup vegetable broth
1 cup apple juice
2 cups store-bought BBQ sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon molasses
1 teaspoon instant espresso or 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
Sliced green apple, to garnish

The key to ribs is patience. First, place the ribs in a large pot. Add seasoning, broth, and apple juice to cover the meat. If you need a little extra liquid, add some water. Bring this mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the meat is tender (about 1 hour). Using tongs, remove the rib rack. Now, cut between the bones, forming individual ribs.

The next step is to grill! Mix your sauce in a medium bowl by combining the BBQ sauce, molasses, and coffee. Brush this mixture onto the ribs and then grill them until brown. You can turn them occasionally adding more sauce. Grill time should be about 10 minutes.

Enjoy these quick and easy recipes and have a safe Memorial Day!

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