I simple can not believe that I’m starting to pull together my menu and recipes for Labor Day weekend – the unofficial end of summer. Where in the world did the time go? It feels like just yesterday I was listing all of the fun things I wanted to do over the summer. While many of them have yet to be checked off, I will say that this has been a wonderful summer.
We’ve spent most of it here around the farm just enjoying the break, which has been nice.
We also spent a bit of it in the garden until we took our week long trip to Idaho and came back to an absolute overgrown mess and a constant battle to keep my tomatoes from falling over at the slightest breeze. I’ll admit it, I was lazy and didn’t dig in there with a bushhog to get rid of all the weeds. I just took what I could from my spring labor and let the deer, squirrels, and turkeys enjoy the rest.
While my large garden went to the animals, my back porch garden still grows beautifully. Basil, strawberry plants, cherry tomatoes, and lots and lots of mint. The hot humid air makes brings out the smell of the plants even more than usual and greets me when I walk outside to clip a sprig of herb or a tomato or two for supper.
One quick appetizer that I’ve been hopelessly in love with all summer long since sharing about it earlier here, are these simple caprese skewers. They are a must for my Labor Day menu and can easily be made ahead.
Here’s how I make them.
What are you planning for Labor Day? I’d love to know.
Check out all these delicious dishes participating in Food Network’s Summer Fest.
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Seared Chicken with Cherry Tomato Pan Sauce
Haute Apple Pie: Heirloom Tomato & Three Cheese Tart
What’s Gaby Cooking: Zebra Tomato and Burrata Crostini
Zaika Zabardast: Balsamic Roasted Tomato-Basil Ice
And Love It Too: Healthy Lunchbox – Garlic Tomato Basil Pesto Bruchetta
Chez Us: Roasted Tomato Sauce
Daily*Dishin: Refreshing and Rustic – Tuscan Bread Salad
Glory Foods: Fresh Tomato Salsa
Dishin and Dishes: Tomato Tart Tatin
The Purple Cook: Eggplant Parmesan Caprese Salad
I Am Mommy: Tomato Crudite
Cooking With My Kid: Gluten-Free White Bean Chive Cakes with Heirloom Tomatoes
FN Dish: Easy Tomato Appetizers
Add a Pinch: Simple Caprese Salad Skewers
Sweet Life Bake: Salsa Cruda
Virtually Homemade: Farfalle with Roasted Tomato Sauce, Bacon and Shaved Romano
Dixie Chik Cooks: Tomato, Basil and Olive Bruschetta
The Sensitive Epicure: Yemista – Greek Stuffed Tomatoes & Peppers with Potatoes
Mooshu Jenne: Sun Burst Tomato Pasta
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Book Club, Tomatoes and a Recipe for Chicken Provençal?
Cooking With Elise: Tomato Parmesan Biscuits
From My Corner of Saratoga: Cooking from the Garden – Bruschetta Pizza
Fritos and Foie Gras: Tomato Terrine
Creative Culinary: Fresh and Savory Tomato Pie
Big Apple Nosh: Caprese Salad/Tomato Carnage
Spices and Aroma: Quick and Easy Paneer Curry
Zaika Zabardast: Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Breakfast Rolls