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Grilled fruits & fruit kebabs

Want to make a party impression with unique eats? Try these on for size

Like many folks, you might wonder what Labor Day is all about. I mean, we all gladly accept the day off from work and school, but how many of us know why? According to the United States Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

And, just like you, we love Labor Day. It’s an opportunity to rest and relax after a trying year and affords the opportunity to recharge before fall (and the school year!) really begins. And because it’s been created purely for our sheer enjoyment, we want to celebrate accordingly. That means partying and relaxing with remarkable and unique dishes that you and your guests won’t soon forget.

In the market for a few new grilling recipes besides the typical burgers, hot dogs, and chicken that you cook each year for Labor Day? Here are a few ideas for memorable and delicious eating this holiday:

1. Grilled fruits & fruit kabobs

We’ve all had grilled veggies. Zucchini, corn, bell peppers — you name it. But have you tried the new trend of grilling your fruits? A unique and sweet treat, it adds a great new flavor to your Labor Day buffet.

For the perfect blast of vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, and just the right balance of sweetness, try tossing on a few of your favorites, like sliced or halved oranges, salted watermelon, brown sugared peaches (for caramelized perfection), or cherries and strawberries on skewers. Whichever route you go, you won’t regret trying out the grilled fruit trend.

2. Mexican grilled corn kabobs

Sure, we might have dissed grilled corn, but not if you can take that corn to the next level with a Mexican corn kabob. All you need is corn, cilantro, chili powder, and your choice of cheese — we tend toward parmesan because it doesn’t get too stretchy, but any cheese you’d like will work. Grill the corn to your liking — about 4 minutes — top with a cilantro-infused butter, and you’re good to go.

3. Grilled Brie with blackberry basil

This isn’t the grilled cheese you’ve heard of before. Instead of toasting bread slices and American cheese over your stovetop, this recipe gives you an amazing substitute when you’re craving creamy, melted cheese and bread. Thanks to Half Baked Harvest, this dream is more easily attainable than ever before. Follow this easy recipe for a rich and creamy Labor Day treat your guests will remember for years to come.

However you celebrate, be sure you protect your guests

Because the warm weather sticks around for Labor Day in South Florida, it’s important to do everything you can to combat the pesky pests, like mosquitos, that are bound to invade your backyard. Show them who’s a boss with an automatic backyard misting system. Our systems based on an extract of the Chrysanthemum flower knockdown and kill mosquitos before they can ruin your outdoor party. Have questions? Contact the pros at Platinum Mosquito Protection today!

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