• Patri­otic Fla­vors

    Memo­r­ial Day is a national hol­i­day set aside for remem­brance. We com­mem­o­rate all U.S. cit­i­zens who have died in the ser­vice of our coun­try.

    Orig­i­nally, we called it Dec­o­ra­tion Day because the tra­di­tion of dec­o­rat­ing sol­diers’ graves with flags and flow­ers seem to fit.

    The long obser­vance week­end has also mor­phed into a viable excuse to gather with friends and fam­ily over pic­nics, bar­be­cues and patio meals.

    Per­fect tim­ing with warm weather makes this hol­i­day a way to wel­come in more of our favorite local foods. Water­melon, sweet corn, blue­ber­ries, straw­ber­ries, cher­ries and stone fruits are Cal­i­for­nia sourced.

    How we trans­form fresh pro­duce in to patri­otic fla­vors is open to inter­pre­ta­tion. Com­bi­na­tions of red, white and blue is an easy begin­ning. Look for ways of assem­bling fruit filled plat­ters and plates with red berries and juicy water­melon. Blue is for blue­ber­ries and even black­ber­ries.

    Stars and stripes clearly rep­re­sent “Old Glory”. The thir­teen stripes and fifty stars of the U.S. flag do not have to be per­fectly repli­cated. Cookie cut­ter stars of any size are indica­tive of patri­otic sym­bol­ism.

    Cut from pas­try dough or melon, add the five-​point start to pies, cakes, fruit sal­ads and more.