Labor Day

An empty holiday nowadays

| Labor Day has lost most of its meaning, especially in the context of the Republican war against organized labor.

It's now mostly an excuse for overeating and getting an early start on Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The usual suspects will be here later this afternoon for an ample dinner. During the Easter sales, I bought a ham and stashed it in the freezer — I'm doing it on the grill on the patio to avoid heating up the house.

Ham on the grill

It has been there about two hours, with nearly 2 more hours to go, according to the instructions I found. I think I will have to give it a hat of aluminum foil lest it burn — it is looking a little dark already. I hope I'm doing this right: when I took the ham out of the refrigerator to let it warm up this morning I noticed that the label said "Ready to Cook," as opposed to already cooked and just in need of warming. Yikes! I didn't realize I had bought a smoked but uncooked ham. We'll see.


The ham was terrific, and so was the rest of the meal: scalloped potatoes and turnips (by Bob), guacamole and chips (Rafe), stir-fried veggies (Ken), and pièce de résistance chocolate crêpes (Réal).

chocolate crepesReal's crêpes, inspired by Giada de Laurentis, embellished with caramel syrup, Nutella, and dulce de leche ice cream.

Although the sheer quantity of food assembled for the day was much less than on most other such occasions, the gastric distress at the end of the day was no less. But it was sooooo gooooood!


Last updated on Apr 13, 2018



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