The first Memorial Day commemorated the soldiers who fell in the Civil War. Now, on the last Sunday in May (in 2010, May 31st), we honor all the brave men and women who died in military service. Unofficially, Memorial Day marks the beginning of grilling season and the onset of warm weather – with summer not far behind! This is the perfect time to celebrate outdoors, in your own backyard or out of town.
Did you plant a garden this spring? If you live in a warmer growing zone, the first salad greens and vegetables may be ready for harvesting. Make a salad for your Memorial Day picnic with the bounty of your garden, accenting the fresh flavors with a sprinkling of Kikkoman Ponzu in lime or lemon and a touch of olive oil.
If this is your first barbecue of the year, make sure that your grill is clean and in good working order. Hopefully, you cleared out the ashes and cleaned the grill bars before you put it away for the winter, but check to see that there’s no rust on the bars — a quick once-over with a grill brush never hurts! Make sure your charcoal didn’t get damp over the winter, and gather up your grilling tools so that you don’t have to hunt around at the last minute.
Marinating adds flavor and helps to tenderize less tender cuts of meat for grilling. Use Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce, or make your own marinade with Kikkoman Soy Sauce, oil and an acid such as wine, vinegar or lemon juice. Or grab a bottle of Kikkoman Ponzu, which already contains citrus and soy sauce, and just add oil!