Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, living or dead.
|Louis A. Fiore (grandfather)|
My grandfather Louis Fiore (my mom’s father) served in the Army. He was a corporal in the 9th US Infantry and was in Company A. When he was 17 he in-listed. (which he was under age) My grandfather fought in WWI and was wounded, (shot in the leg) in the battle at Chateau-Thierry, in France. He received a Purple Heart for his bravery and other medals as well. After his leg healed, he chose to go to Germany and joined the Army of Occupation with his old unit. When he passed on he was buried in the Long Island National Cemetery, NY. I am so proud to have a grandfather who loved his country to defend it for our freedom. So, today I honor him on the Memorial Day weekend.
For Italian Americans it is especially important to remember that more that 1.5 million Italian Americans served in World War II – thousands of them died to liberate Italy. All Italians and Italian Americans have much to be grateful for today on this Memorial Day. Memorial Day is also a time to celebrate peace and sacrifice. There are many popular activities that some may enjoy which takes place in your local towns or cities. However you celebrate your Memorial Day remember to incorporate your holiday traditions with your family and no matter where you are, take time to be thankful for our freedom.
Before we start grilling, eating, and celebrating, let me share with you some interesting facts about the way we cook our food with this method. Typically to “grill” is to cook quickly, while “BBQ” is a much slower method using less heat than grilling over an extended period of several hours. Whether you use gas, charcoal, or flavored wood chips/boards, all of these methods add flavor and tenderness to your meats, veggies, and yes, sometimes fruits for desserts. You can use a wide variety of marinades but look for something with an acidic base, like a vinegar or citrus juice with enough flavor, but not over power it.
|My dad, Bob Sauchelli|
However you celebrate your Memorial Day remember to incorporate your holiday traditions with your family and no matter where you are, take time to be thankful for our freedom.
This week my recipe is a family favorite. “Orange-BBQ Chicken with Grilled Vegetables” Barbecued chicken is an ideal recipe for this Memorial Day weekend and celebrate National BBQ Month all in one shot. The flavors of the BBQ sauce are a tasty marriage for this delicious dish. The chicken is tender, moist, and gooey on the outside, just the way you love it. So, enjoy your holiday weekend, be safe, and 'Tutti, Mangia”
“Orange-BBQ Chicken with Grilled Vegetables”
Jazz up BBQ chicken with the juice and zest of a fresh orange. Citrus brings a bright, refreshing tang to a savory better-for-you dish.
1/2 cup Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce
1/2 tsp. zest and 2 Tbsp. juice from 1 orange
4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 lb.)
1 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half
1 yellow squash, cut lengthwise in half
1 red pepper, cut into quarters
1/4 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
Heat grill to medium heat. Mix barbecue sauce, zest and juice until blended. Grill chicken 6 min., turning after 3 min. Brush with half the sauce. Add vegetables to grill. Cook chicken and vegetables 9 to 12 min. or until chicken is done (165ºF) and vegetables are crisp-tender, turning and brushing chicken occasionally with remaining sauce and brushing vegetables with dressing.
****Bonus: Stir 1/4 tsp ground ginger into the barbecue sauce mixture before using as directed.
“Orange Non-Alcoholic Drink”
This drink was shared by my friend Dani. Scrub outside skin of orange. Fill a glass with cold water, sparkling water, or ginger ale with ice. Add sliced oranges in thin rounds and then add thin sliced ginger…stir and let steep for a while, now add a straw…you have a very tasty, refreshing, and nutritious drink to add to your BBQ and summer. Thanks Dani!
“8 Clever "Tips" And Uses For Orange Peels”
We usually throw away the orange peels once you done with eating or juicing an orange. Orange peels are a powerhouse of nutrients and anti-oxidants. They have high amount of vitamin C content than the fleshy content found inside. They can be used for various purposes such as:
1. Deodorize: It's no secret that the smell of a freshly peeled orange can clear out a room. Place the peels at the bottom of your garbage bin, or hang them from a string in your bathroom for a constant fresh scent.
2. Stove-top air freshener and humidifier. Heat up a pot of water and throw in orange peels and other spices such as cinnamon and cloves. This will make your home smell good (and humidify it!), which is helpful if your kitchen smells strongly of the meal you just cooked up.
3. Orange Zest is probably the most self-explanatory of all the uses for orange peels. Zesting an orange peel with a Micro Plane is a great way to add a sweet and tangy taste to your meat marinades or favorite baked goods. Orange zest can even taste great in your morning cup of coffee or afternoon cup of tea!
5. Make Orange Peels Dipped in Chocolate: A wonderful delicacy, candied orange peels are a popular after-meal snack in a number of European cultures, and they are quite easy to make too! Just melt some chocolate and cover one or all sides in a sugared orange peel.
6. Garbage Disposal Cleaner: A great way to clean out your garbage disposal is by putting orange peels down the disposal. Place them in the disposal and run it until clear, then run some water down after it. The citrus will get rid of any scents coming from the disposal.
7. Lowers Blood Pressure: Orange rinds can be used to lower blood pressure. They have been a part of Chinese herbal medicines for thousands of years for this purpose.
8. Mosquito Repellant: If you are looking for a natural way to repel Mosquitoes, take fresh orange peels and rub them all over your skin. The citrusy smell will repel the Mosquitoes.
Till Next Time…………………….
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