Your Memorial Day Menu May 21, 2015 I want to make things a little easier for you this Memorial Day, so I went ahead and planned your menu for you. I compiled my favorite recipes that are Memorial Day festive and a great kick off to summer living. Cocktail of Choice: Star Spangled Sangria- Sangria makes me smile. This is a great cocktail to kick off your party and light some fireworks. I especially love that this Sangria recipe is made with white wine instead of red. photo courtesy Ingredients pineapple- cut into star shapes. strawberries blueberries 4 oz vodka 2 oz triple sec 1 bottle of white wine 2 oz of simply syrup Appetizer Tortellini Kabobs- The bright red tomatoes accent your red, white and blue theme. photo courtesy Ingredients Cheese Tri-color Tortellini-Cooked Grape tomatoes Fresh Mozzarella balls marinaded in oil and herbs. Wood Skewers Salt and Pepper to taste Fresh chopped parsley (optional) Main Dish Fancy Hot Dogs. It would not be American without a hot dog, but if you are anything like me, you have to gourmet it up a bit. Thank you Bon Appetit for these fun recipes. photo courtesy The Dogs Garlic Mojo Hot Dogs Muffuletta Hot Dogs Hot Dogs with Poblanos, Pepper Jack, and Tomatillo Hot Dogs with Dal and Red-Onion Raita Beer-Braised Hot Dogs with Braised Sauerkraut Grilled Hot Dogs with Mango Chutney and Red Onion Relish Manchego Cheese and Garlic Dogs Harissa-Onion Dogs with Preserved-Lemon Relish Cheddar Dogs with Cider-Braised Leeks and Apples The Toppings Tricolor Pepper Relish Pickled Baby Squash Cauliflower Chowchow Pickled Peppers Quick-Pickled Onions photo courtesy Dessert Stars and Stripes Cheesecake Shots- Serious YUM! Recipe by Carrie Sellman photo courtesy Ingredients: 4 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup + 1T sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed 8 to 10 graham cracker sheets, finely crushed Fresh Berries Instructions: Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until smooth. Gently stir in cool whip until well blended. Fill individual glasses half way with cream cheese mixture, either using a spoon or a piping bag fitted with a large round tip for a more polished presentation. Top with 1 tsp graham cracker crumbs. Shake glass to level crumbs. Fill to the top with more of the cream cheese mixture. Lightly sprinkle with additional graham cracker crumbs and top with berries. Add a star pastry for an extra fun little touch. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Serve chilled. Makes roughly 16 mini servings, depending on the size of your serving glass. I hope this made your day a little easier. Have a delicious and indulgent Memorial Day!