With Labor Day right around the corner we wanted to look into the recipe world and find some of the best recipes for your Labor Day 2014.  Labor day is known for BBQ, and a festive end of summer party atmosphere.  Even if you are just hanging out at home with your immediate family, or alone, you can be festive by making some of these staples to eat in addition to your BBQ.

Here are the top recipe ideas for Labor Day 2014…

BLT Pasta Salad

This is a great idea!  The originator gets some big bonus points for this one.  It’s an American staple the BLT sandwich.  We love bacon around these parts and who doesn’t like the ides of making a BLT in as many ways as possible?

15 mins

10 mins

3 hrs 25 mins

Ingredients – Serves 12

1-1/4 (16 ounce) packages medium seashell pasta
1-1/4 pounds sliced bacon
1-3/4 cups and 1 tablespoon light Ranch-style salad dressing
1-1/4 small onion, chopped
2-1/2 tomatoes, chopped

Cooking Instructions

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, and rinse under cold water to cool.
Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat until browned and crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
In a large bowl, stir together the Ranch dressing, onion, and tomatoes. Mix in the cooled pasta. The pasta will absorb some of the dressing, so don’t worry if it seems like too much. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Crumble bacon over the top just before serving.


Labor Day Berry Crisp

What is more summer then some fresh berries and a cobbler type dessert that will make you the most popular person at your pot luck?  Okay it’s perfect for eating alone too.  It’s Labor Day and the festivities can be limited to eating  and sleeping all day.  It’s your day off, do what you like!  Just make this Berry Crisp for your enjoyment and life will be pure bliss.

20 mins
40 mins
1 hr

Ingredients – Serves 18

1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
4 tablespoons white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups butter

Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, gently toss together blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and white sugar; set aside.
In a separate large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half of mixture in the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan. Cover with berries. Sprinkle remaining crumble mixture over the berries.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until fruit is bubbly and topping is golden brown.

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