A Dozen Awesome Labor Day Party Recipes

A Dozen Awesome Labor Day Recipes

A Dozen Awesome Labor Day Party Recipes

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more excited to be looking down the barrel of this long weekend. And I get a bonus fourth day off since I’ll be starting my new job on Wednesday!!!!! I can’t wait. I’ve got a little shopping planned, and I just found out we’re going to a bbq on the beach on Sunday. 

I hope you have some relaxing with friends planned for this final hurrah of summer. For me, there’s really no point to a party if there’s not great food. Make any of these, and I’m pretty sure everyone will love you.

Awesome Party Snacks

 

Show up anywhere with a plate of jalapeno deviled eggs and you are instantly hip. Retro deliciousness!

You’ll have to race my husband to the bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. He might not leave you any. We brought these to our last bbq on the beach. They didn’t last long.

I think this time it looks like we’re going to show up with sausage rolls. Who else will think to bring British food to such an American holiday?

Awesome Party Burgers

 

You have to have burgers at a bbq. Here’s a great basic burger recipe.

Or you can spice things up with Spicy Southwest Burgers. Get excited! We’ve made both of these at the beach. What else is there?

Awesome Party Salads

And I suppose you should serve something to go along side your burgers. That’s what grown ups do. Keep it traditional but fabulous with this dill potato salad.

Or if you’re diggin’ that spicy action, keep it hot with Southwest Pasta Salad. We make this for almost every picnic.

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

It’s going to be hot so you’re going to need a giant jug of sweet tea. Make it tropical with passion fruit green tea. And spike it with vodka. It’s a holiday.

Awesome Party Desserts

 

Of course, if you want to be a real labor day hero, show up with a bottle of booze and dessert. Bring giant chocolate chip cookies and everybody will be your best friend.

Caramel swirl cheesecake bars travel well, and are pretty much heaven to eat.

If you love the summery citrusy flavor of lemon, and you want to show some extra love to your gluten-free friends, take along this lemon polenta cake. Not only does it taste amazing, but since it’s unfrosted, you don’t have to worry about anything melting.

And seriously, make someone’s day extra super awesome by making these orange cream cheese swirl brownies. I cannot urge you vehemently enough. Just do it. You can thank me later.

And if you are lucky enough to get Monday off from work, take a moment out of your feasting and relaxing to give thanks to all the people who fought so hard for things many of us take for granted, like a weekend. That hasn’t always been a thing. Even if you’re like me and you have a very unglamorous, low-paying job, you’re still much better off than workers a hundred years ago.  And if you’re interacting with someone who isn’t fortunate enough to get this holiday, for heaven’s sake, be extra nice to them. They’re serving you on a holiday. Make it as special for them as you can.

Happy feasting! Don’t forget to be awesome!

 

 

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

Passion Fruit Green Tea

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

In Taiwan, our very favorite drink was passion fruit green tea from a place we called 50 tea shop. There were four tea shops on just one side of the street on one single block in our neighborhood. We’d occasionally try the other ones, but the guys at 50 recognized the foreigners and usually knew what we wanted before we even made it to the counter. I needn’t have bothered learning how to say baixiang lucha. It’s one of the very few things I can actually say in Chinese. I was an abysmal expat.

Taiwan Tea

When lilikoi, or yellow passion fruit, started flooding our backyard, we knew we wanted to recreate our favorite drink from our former home. I came home from work one day to find that my husband had made a jug of lilikoi syrup. We went straight to the store to buy some green tea bags, brewed a cup each, impatiently waited for it to cool, dumped it over some ice and spiked it with the syrup. We were transported.

The lilikoi syrup could easily be mixed with plenty of other things. I’m sure a lilikoi margarita never hurt anyone. But a big pitcher of passion fruit green tea in your fridge when it’s 85 degrees in your living room really can’t be beat. It’s sweet but not too sugary. It also gives you a nice little hit of caffeine to help you through those hot afternoon slumps. It’s really the perfect drink.

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

Taiwan, US, UK, anywhere you can get your hands on some passion fruit, give this a try. And practice your Chinese. You can’t be any worse than me.

Passion Fruit Green Tea
Serves 8
Sweet and slightly tart iced green tea infused with passion fruit syrup to get you through the heat.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
For syrup
  1. 2 cups passion fruit pulp
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 cups water
For green tea
  1. 1 green tea bag per cup of water
For syrup
  1. Put sugar and water in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and lower heat. Simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. This should only take a few minutes.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add passion fruit pulp to simple syrup. Put a lid on the pot and leave it to steep for two hours.
  4. Strain out pulp and store in an air tight container or mix directly with tea.
For tea
  1. Boil some water and soak tea bags to desired strength. It's making tea, not rocket science.
  2. You can store the syrup in a separate container or combine it in a pitcher directly with the green tea. Fill up your desired container (short glass, tall glass, pitcher, bucket) with 3/4 green tea and 1/4 passion fruit syrup.
  3. Serve over ice.
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Star Wars Day & Two Cocktails

Star Wars Cocktails

Okay, I know Cinco de Mayo is coming up, and there are burritos and margaritas and stuff. That’s totally awesome. But dudes! Saturday is Star Wars day! May the fourth be with you!

You can go hardcore and watch all six movies in one day like we did a couple of years ago. It’s totally doable. Make sure you have plenty of breakfast pizza, Swiss and bacon dip, and lots and lots of beverages. Preferably of the adult variety,  if you are one of those. Because what’s a movie marathon without a drinking game?

The first shot is the toughest. May the force be with you!
The first shot is the toughest. May the force be with you!

Here’s how to play.

  1. Put some minor characters’ names into a hat or something, then have each person choose a name. Whenever that character comes on screen, you have to drink.
  2. Whenever a lightsaber is in use, drink until it has been switched off.
  3. Whenever a stormtrooper or droid is killed, drink.
  4. And best of all, whenever someone says “May the force be with you,” take a shot. 

It’s gonna be a long, awesome day.

Lando

Costumes are highly recommended. I mean, you might as well get into it and embrace your inner nerd. I don’t recommend spending any money on it. Just twist your hair into two buns and call yourself Princess Leia. If you own it, no one will question you. Or if you’re a human with potential facial hair, a stick-on mustache totally makes you Lando Calrissian.

Stormtrooper Crew
photo by Lara Grimm

Or you could go all out like these guys. They do events all over Honolulu. They wear these full plastic suits with face smothering helmets in public. Guys, it’s always summer in Honolulu. That is some serious commitment. Respect.

r2d2 and c309

In case you’re not sure what to drink, my live-in bartender, who also happens to be my husband, has created two new cocktails for you.The R2D2, is blue and white and will probably save your ass when you really need it to. Then there’s C3PO, human cyborg relations. This drink is golden, sweet, and a little bit fancy, just like everyone’s favorite droid. Oh, and it contains Red Bull. That’s gotta be why he’s so high strung. Trust me, these are the droids you are looking for.

I hope you let your inner nerd fighter shine through this weekend and spend a little time enjoying a cocktail in a galaxy far far away.

The droids you are looking for

R2D2
Serves 1
A cocktail inspired by the most helpful droid in the galaxy
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 parts blue curacao
  2. 1 part coconut milk
  3. 1 part coconut rum
  4. *all ingredients should be chilled
Instructions
  1. Pour blue curacao into your glass.
  2. Shake coconut milk and coconut rum with ice.
  3. Straining out the ice, pour coconut mixture over the back of a spoon slowly so that it floats on top of the blue stuff.
  4. Mix together before drinking.
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C3PO, Human Cyborg Relations
Serves 1
A little bit fancy, a little bit high strung
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 shot lemon vodka
  2. 1 shot lilikoi (passion fruit) vodka (if you can’t get lilikoi, you can double the lemon vodka)
  3. 1 shot Red Bull
  4. 2 shots pineapple orange juice
  5. a plate of sugar for the rim
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in your cocktail shaker and shake with ice.
  2. Wet a paper towel and press the top of your glass into paper towel. Then press the top of your glass into the plate of sugar.
  3. Straining out the ice, pour cocktail into waiting glass.
  4. Let a robot take care of all your worries while you enjoy a well-deserved drink.
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