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Athena’s Memorial Day Menu

Athena’s Memorial Day Menu

Memorial Day Weekend

Fire up the grill and prepare for some al fresco dining this holiday weekend. The sun will be shining, the rosé will be flowing, and I’ve got a few spring focused Memorial Day favorite recipes for ya!

Athena’s Memorial Day Menu

YOGURT MARINATED CHICKEN AND ARTICHOKE SKEWERS WITH HERBED DRESSING

I am curious by nature, so when I first started cooking, I asked a lot of questions. One of my favorites, which I still pose to just about everyone I meet: What is your go-to weeknight meal? In my kitchen, a recipe has to meet certain standards in order to earn that title. I need to be able to prep it ahead, cook it quickly, and serve it straight up—meaning it boasts both veggies and protein. These chicken skewers ft the bill. Juicy grilled chicken is something that eludes even many experienced cooks, but here the yogurt in the marinade tenderizes the meat and prevents it from drying out. I often drizzle these kebabs with lemon-herb vinaigrette and serve tzatziki on the side.

SUGAR SNAP PEA AND FAVA SALAD WITH BUFFALO MOZZARELLA

Athena’s Memorial Day Menu

Yes, it’s true: Favas are higher maintenance than your average bean. First, they have to be popped out of their pods, then blanched and slipped from their thick individual skins. But the reward here far outweighs the drudgery—especially when you approach the prep as a meditation, setting yourself up somewhere comfy and zoning out as you peel. With their creamy texture, favas are a pleasure unto themselves, but they also play well with other seasonal crops, like the spring onions, sugar snaps, and soft herbs that round out this super-fresh salad. The addition of buffalo mozzarella gives the dish a decadent feel, making it substantial enough for a light meal. Sometimes, when I’m craving a little extra crunch, I also sprinkle on some homemade bread crumbs.  And if you can’t find favas—or they prove to be too much work—just swap in some defrosted frozen edamame. I won’t tell.

Athena’s Memorial Day Menu

GINGER AND VANILLA BEAN RHUBARB GALETTE

This is one of those “lemme pat myself on the back” recipes. The first time I tasted it I actually squealed with excitement. The zingy ginger and deeply aromatic flecks of vanilla bean are pretty spectacular, and just the right match for the complex, sour favor of the rhubarb. The pastry is also something to swoon over. It’s perfectly flaky, which I attribute to a few factors: adding buttermilk to the dough, freezing the butter cubes, and chilling the pastry a second time after it’s rolled out. Once you master the method, you’ll want to use it again and again—and you can, all year long with just about any fruit that’s in season.

Athena’s Memorial Day Menu
Athena’s Memorial Day Menu
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