Friday, August 30, 2013

"Colorful Corn Salad" And "Italian Stuffed Peppers" To Celebrate Labor Day!

Coming to terms with the end of summer is a rough thought for some people. Were did it all go? Yesterday seems like we were just starting the month of June and here we are starting September already! Parents all over are getting prepared with supplies for their children to start another year of school. Before school begins and we start packing up the beach gear, lawn chairs, pool supplies, plus our grills, we have one more weekend of summer time fun that is called Labor Day! Personally, nothing says Labor Day weekend to me like a family BBQ or cookout. Labor Day is on Monday September 2nd this year, and I’m sure we are all looking forward to a long enjoyable weekend as we start the month of September. This weekend celebrates the “unofficial” end of summer. Everyone is going to the beach, having picnics, going to fairs, and enjoying the last weekend of their summer activities.

You may ask, what is Labor Day and why do we celebrate this day? So here are some facts about the holiday. Labor Day is an American Federal Holiday that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. We pay tribute to the achievements of the American workers. It is also supposed to be a day of rest and considered a workingman‘s holiday. The first Labor Day was held on September 5th 1882 in New York City. Then on June 28th 1894 it became a Federal holiday, stating that the first Monday, in September of each year would be a legal holiday in all U.S. territories. In addition, Labor Day marks the beginning of the season for the National Football League, (NFL) and some college leagues as well. Labor Day is also a great day for stores to have “End of Summer” sales.

In Italy, many Italians observe Labor Day as well. It is called La Festa dei Lavoratori. They observe this nationwide holiday on May 1st. A holiday that was connected with agricultural cycles and still celebrated in some regions throughout Italy. Farmers and workers traditionally took the day off. They relaxed and had parties with food, drinking, and dancing. This was to show their support for the social and economic achievements on this day.

So before you bid this summer farewell, go out with a bang on this Labor Day! Whether you are heading out of town, staying in the city, spending the day quietly at home relaxing, or enjoying one final celebration of the summer, be sure to relish the day with your family and friends.

This week I have two recipes to share with you. I remember a recipe that my mom taught me called “Italian Stuffed Peppers.” (was created by my mom) They are made by stuffing cubanelle peppers with a bread crumb filling topped with tomato sauce and baked. Cubanelles are a long slender banana-shaped sweet pepper, also known as Italian frying peppers. You can use this recipe as a side-dish.

The other dish is my rendition of a recipe I found in a magazine which I call “Colorful Corn Salad.” The combination of all the ingredients mixed together is not only colorful but also is harmonious in your mouth. These two recipes will be hits on your Labor Day weekend BBQ‘s, family gatherings, or even at home relaxing. 

Cubanelle Peppers
Italian Stuffed Peppers

6 Cubanelle peppers, tops and seeds removed
3 cups of your favorite tomato sauce
3 cups unflavored bread crumbs
4 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons of minced garlic
1 cup of grated cheese (Pecorino Romano)
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil

Cut 1/2 inch from the top of a washed pepper and remove the seeds. Mix the bread crumbs with parsley, minced garlic, grated cheese, salt and pepper. Add a small amount of oil and mix with hands. When it feels like a sandy consistency then you are ready to fill the peppers. Fill the peppers with mixture (do not fill to tightly as it will become dry) Put about a 1 1/2 cups of tomato sauce on bottom of a baking dish so they will not stick. Place peppers in the baking dish, cover with remaining 1 1/2 cups of tomato sauce and sprinkle a small amount of olive oil on top of the peppers. Bake the peppers at 350° for about 30 minutes. Can also be eaten at room temperature. 

“Colorful Corn Salad” 

3 cans of sweet corn nibblets (water drained)
1 can of black olives (pitted) and chopped
3/4 cup of chopped grape tomatoes
1/2 cup of chopped green pepper
1/2 cup of chopped red pepper
1/4 cup of chopped onion or scallions
1/2 cup of ranch salad dressing (your favorite)

In a large salad bowl, combine all vegetable ingredients, and then add the salad dressing. Stir till all coated, cover and refrigerate until serving. Serving is for 8 people or more, depending on how much of the ingredients you use. You can also add another ingredient or take one of them out. Your choice…just enjoy and Mangia Tutti!

Till The Next Time……………………….

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  1. Hi Dottie!

    I just stumbled upon your blog somehow, I'm not quite sure how, but boy am I delighted! First, I now live in Pennsylvania but I grew up on Long Island and moved here about 5 years ago. (my sister lives in Ronkonkoma:) Second, I enjoyed reading a few of your posts about growing up in an Italian family, ditto here:) And finally, that is one good looking Corn Salad!

    Thank you so much for sharing... I found you on twitter too, Louise

  2. Dear Louise, Thank you so much for your kind words and for stumbling on my blog. I do hope you come back and visit again. I found your blog as well and love your posts. I especially enjoyed the last one with the info on Tasha Tudor's, Birthday. I loved her and all of her drawings. I have many friends that live in PA and glad that I was able bring back some memories to you. I love off of Smith Street in lake Ronkonkoma, maybe your sister is not far from me. Checkout my facebook page and I see you found me on Twitter. We should connect and become friends on these social media accounts. Thanks again..Dottie :)

  3. I will definitely be back, Dottie. I'm going to put your blog link in my side-bar.

    I'm not on FB but I am on Pinterest! My sister lives on Ocean Ave and my other sister lives on Lakeland in Sayville.

    So nice to "meet" you. Love this post too! There is someone named Alida who visits my blog. Her link is in my sidebar too. You might want to visit her she has an Italian blog too. Catherine, who is also in my sidebar, often posts italian dishes. She lives on Long Island too.

    Thanks for sharing, Labor Day...

  4. Louise,
    You are a doll. Thank you so much for putting my blog link on your side bar. I am so glad that you are enjoying my stories and recipes. I love your blog as well, so much to see and read. Love your new post on seeds. The photos are so pretty. I did look at the other two ladies blogs from Alida and Catherine. I will look more closely this week. I really love how you all have such a lovely set up. I am not far from both of your sisters. I do not belong to Pinterest and you are not on Facebook. So I guess we will be able to connect through emails and our blogs. I am not to savvy when it comes to the PC, although I did set up my blog myself. I am going to add your link as well to my blog. It is so nice to meet you as well. Hope that you had a wonderful labor Day holiday. Thanks again. It is so nice to have a friend with such passion as myself for family, food, and memories.

  5. Hi Dottie , I'm happy Louise told you about my blog , I joined you as a follower and will add tou to my sidebar . I have met so many very nice people since meeting Louise and she's a very nice and gracious lady and a lot of fun .
    Looks like the south has joined the east , I am also an Italian and you know they love their food . I will be back regularly to visit ... thanks for sharing :)

  6. Hi Dottie , thanks for visiting my blog today . Love making new friends and thanks agin for following , I will love to put you in my sidebar .
    Yes , my dear Louise is a grand lady and she has brought me and so many together and she is a joy to know . Well now looks like these Italians are getting to know each other , I'm from North Louisiana , I will be back regularly ...nice meeting you :) Nee

  7. Oh Dottie ... look, I double jointed myself 2 comments oh well life goes on {giggling}

  8. Hi Nee,

    How nice to meet you too. I also love meeting new people and having new friends. Thanks for my link on your blog as well. Yes, I agree, Louise is a lovely person and us Italians need to bond together. North Louisiana must be a nice state. I have never been there, but I would think it is nice country. Thanks for visiting my blog and returning as I will be doing the same thing with yours. Well we will be having fun reading each others blogs...

    Blessings, Dottie

  9. Dear Dottie, I added you to my blog roll.
    Thank you for visiting. I live on LI too. I live in Amityville. You have a lovely blog. This foodie blogging world is so nice with such kind people.
    I will be back and hope that you will come back and visit too.
    I hope you entered my giveaway. Please do.
    Blessings dear. Catherine