Picnics. Parades. Barbecues.

It’s time for some fun!

But if you’re still using the same old recipes, your celebrations can wind up feeling a little stale.

Today, our staffing service in Reading PA has rounded up a few fresh recipes to breathe new life into your Memorial Day celebration.


Recipes for Memorial Day Celebrations


Country Potato Salad

Recipe courtesy of Eating Well

This healthier version of a classic picnic potato salad gets subtle flavor from smoked ham. You can make the recipe up to a day in advance, which is great if you’re hosting a picnic or cookout!


2 pounds small potatoes, preferably heirloom

1 cup chopped celery

2 ounces smoked ham, sliced into strips

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or scallions

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint or dill

3/4 cup nonfat buttermilk

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

2 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled and coarsely chopped


Place potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, partially covered, until just tender, 12 to 20 minutes, depending on their size. Drain and let cool for about 15 minutes.

When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, taste a bit of potato skin—if it’s bitter or tough, peel the potatoes. Otherwise, leave the skins on. Cut the potatoes into bite-size pieces and put them in a large salad bowl.

Add celery, ham, parsley, chives (or scallions) and mint (or dill) to the potatoes. Toss to combine. Add buttermilk, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Gently stir in chopped egg. Serve at room temperature or chilled.


Easy Patriotic Pie

Recipe courtesy of Hoosier Homemade

Featuring the classic colors of our flag, his pie goes together in minutes and is perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July!


1½ cups boiling water, divided

1 small box (3 oz) Jell-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin

1 cup ice cubes, divided

1 graham cracker crust

1 small box (3 oz) Jello-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin (or any red flavor)

1 cup thawed Cool Whip whipped topping


Add ¾ cup boiling water to blue jello, stir until dissolved about 2 minutes.

Add ½ cup ice cubes, stir until ice is completely melted.

Pour into crust, refrigerate 5-10 minutes or until set but not firm

Meanwhile, combine ¾ cup boiling water with red jello, using the same directions as for the blue jello – place in fridge for a few minutes to cool until slightly thickened.

Spread Cool Whip over blue layer, and then carefully pour red jello on top of Cool Whip. Refrigerate 2 hours or until set. Garnish with Cool Whip and fresh berries.


Frozen Grape Sangria

Recipe courtesy of Patrick and Gina Neely

Freezing the grapes in this recipe keeps the sangria cold – without diluting the flavor!


3 cups green seedless grapes

1 granny smith apple, cored and chopped

1 lemon, thinly sliced

1 cup red seedless grapes, halved

1/4 cup superfine sugar

2 750 ml bottles dry white wine (preferably pinot grigio), chilled

1 cup white grape juice, chilled

1/2 cup vodka


Put the green grapes in the freezer about 2 hours before you want to serve your sangria.

Combine the chopped apple, lemon slices, halved red grapes, sugar, wine, white grape juice and vodka in a large glass pitcher filled with ice. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the frozen green grapes to glasses and fill with the sangria.


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