May's Featured Holidays and Recipes

Written by Lara Velez

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---------------------------------------- Mother's Day - May 8, 2005 - Inrepparttar United States, about 150 years ago a Homemaker named Anna Jarvis wanted to bring attention torepparttar 134901 impoverished health conditions in her region. She decided to organize a special day to help her cause. She called it "Mothers Work Day." When she died in 1905 her daughter began to Lobby to create a special day to honor Mothers. Finally, in 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a bill declaring Mother's Day a national holiday. Unfortunately, she never wanted it to become a commercialized money maker. She even tried to getrepparttar 134902 holiday canceled! I have decided not to include any recipes because Mom should NOT cook on her special day! She should be taken out to a nice quiet dinner. Trust me on this one. ---------------------------------------- Memorial Day - US - May 30, 2005 - Memorial Day is a day thatrepparttar 134903 United States remembersrepparttar 134904 soldiers who lost their lives so they can live in a free country. It was first observed on May 30, 1868. However, inrepparttar 134905 beginning, not all states celebrated this holiday. It did not become nationally recognized and accepted until 1971. Unfortunately, today,repparttar 134906 true purpose of this special day has been lost in cook outs, beer drinking, and a day off from work. Don't get me wrong...all that is great...BUT, Let's not forgetrepparttar 134907 cost of our freedom.

BBQ Burgers 1-1/2 pound ground sirloin 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 bottle of favorite BBQ sauce 2 tsp brown sugar 1 Tblsp mustard 1 Tblsp grill/steak seasoning 8 hamburger buns Favorite burger toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion, etc.) Combine all ingredients thoroughly and shape into 8 burgers. Grill or fry to desired doneness.


7 medium-size baking potatoes 1 cup mayonnaise 1 Tblsp mustard 1 teaspoon salt 2 celery ribs, sliced 2 Tblsp onions, finely chopped 1 Tblsp fresh parsley, chopped Pepper to taste Garnish: 3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped (if desired) Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender; drain and cool. Peel and slice. Combine all ingredients except potato, mix. Add potatoes and stir gently until well combined. Garnish with hard-boiled eggs, if desired. Chill 2-3 hours...or serve warm.


Well, I hope you have enjoyed our journey...Happy Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, and Memorial Day!!!

My name is Lara Velez and I am the Editor-in-Chief of The Recipe Finder - Online cooking magazine - I am also a wife and mother of two. I enjoy cooking, reading, scrapbooking, and being a wife and mom. Please feel free to email me any time.

Sot Suppe (Norwegian Sweet Soup) for Christmas

Written by LeAnn R.Ralph

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Afterrepparttar fruit is tender, if you're using lemon juice, stir inrepparttar 113218 lemon juice (or teaspoon of dried lemon rind). Serve either cold or warm, depending upon your preference. If you use a sliced lemon, removerepparttar 113219 lemon rind before serving.

For a light afternoon 'Norwegian' lunch (after hiking, sledding, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing), serve sweet soup with Julekake or Christmas bread, Christmas cookies, open-faced sandwiches, and a variety of sliced cheeses.

Sweet Soup served cold also is good on a hot summer day.


LeAnn R. Ralph is a freelance writer in west central Wisconsin, is the editor of the Wisconsin Regional Writer (the quarterly publication of the Wisconsin Regional Writers' Assoc.) and is the author of the book: Christmas In Dairyland (True Stories From a Wisconsin Farm)

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