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    Memorial Day

    Celebrate the unofficial start of summer with cool cocktails, grilled burgers and fresh salads. And dessert!

    Memorial Day

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    Dress up a bag of broccoli slaw and a jar of dressing with some basil, almonds and chow mein noodles. Everybody loves Creamy Basil Broccoli Slaw. It's so darn easy!


    Using cellentani pasta makes this pasta salad lots of fun. Its curls and twists hold lots of dressing and veggies. Be sure to keep it on ice if you're serving it at your picnic.

    Pesto Cellentani Salad - Recipe

    Every potluck, picnic and family gathering calls for Calico Beans, right?

    Baked Calico Beans - Recipe

    Smoking ribs or grilling steaks for Memorial Day? Kansas City Rub is just what you need. Add a little sweet heat to your picnic!

    Kansas City Rub - Recipe

    We've doubled nearly everything on this Home-Style Double Cheeseburger. Double the cheese. Double the condiments. Double the bacon. What's not to love?

    Home-Style Double Cheeseburger - Recipe

    Mix together a batch of Spicy Barbecue Blend to put on everything you grill. It works on steaks, chicken and fish. Pork too!

    Spicy Barbecue Blend - Recipe

    We're always on the lookout for pasta salads that can feed a crowd. Tricolor Rotini Salad fits the bill! It's meatless and dairy-free as well. Double bonus.

    Tricolor Rotini Salad - Recipe

    Sure, the slider patties already have bacon and cheese in them, but we put more on top of the BBQ Bacon Sliders anyway. We had to make sure there was enough in each bite.

    BBQ Bacon Slider - Recipe

    Anything with the words "gooey bars" in the name has to be good, right? Make the perfect for the season by using strawberries and rhubarb.

    Strawberry-Rhubarb Gooey Bars - Recipe

    Make Picnic-Perfect Potato Salad the night before you want to serve it. And don't forget the secret ingredient! You must add the pickle juice to the dressing. Trust us.

    Picnic-Perfect Potato Salad - Recipe

    Need a dessert idea for Memorial Day? Ice cream sundaes! Make Simple Vanilla Ice Cream your base.

    Simple Vanilla Ice Cream - Recipe

    How does a watermelon slushy sound? Pretty good, right? Frozen Watermelon Refresher is just what you need to cool down after a long day of picnicking.

    Frozen Watermelon Refresher - Recipe

    Not only is Sweet-and-Sassy Barbecued Chicken great straight from the grill, but the leftovers are awesome chopped up and tossed in a taco salad.

    Sweet-and-Sassy Barbecued Chicken - Recipe

    Dips are always a hit at picnics. Why not make guacamole?

    Classic Guacamole - Hy-Vee

    Having a crowd over for Memorial Day? Bring in backups! Let us help.

    Graduation and Summer Entertaining Guide

    Every summer picnic needs a pasta salad. Creamy Pasta Salad is perfect because it is made way ahead of time. Just be sure to keep it well chilled at your gathering.

    Creamy Pasta Salad from Seasons - Recipe

    Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa probably isn't what you'd expect to have at a Memorial Day cookout, but why not serve something a little different?

    Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa - Recipe

    Is it a side dish? Or is it a dessert? Who cares? Snickers Salad is delicious!

    Snickers Salad - Recipe

    Shandies are perfect for summer. Summer Beer, from Seasons, is a fabulous version – wheat beer, lemonade and a little citrus vodka.

    Summer Beer - Recipe

    S’mores have got to be the unofficial dessert of summer, right? A Brownie Smash S’more adds a fudgy brownie! Yes!!

    Brownie Smash S'more - Hy-Vee

    You can’t have a Memorial Day barbecue without Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream! What’s great is that you can have it in less than 30 minutes – depending on your ice cream maker.

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    Get a load of these! Gooey Peanut Butter S’more Brownies are ooey and gooey and delicious. Messy, but delicious.

    Gooey Peanut Butter S'more Brownies - Recipe

    Use fresh or jarred jalapeno peppers in Jalapeno Turkey Burgers with Ranch Sauce. Form the patties ahead of time, so you can enjoy your Memorial Day barbecue with your guests.

    Jalapeno Turkey Burgers with Ranch Sauce - Recipe

    Hawaiian Grilled Chicken is low-fat, low-carb and low-calorie, but high in taste and satisfaction. Lightly oil the grill grates to prevent sticking.

    Hawaiian Grilled Chicken - Recipe

    The key to Root Beer Float-Sicles is allowing the root beer to go flat. Sounds strange, but it works. Any flavor of pop would work.

    Root Beer Float-sicles - Recipe