As summer wraps up, Labor Day weekend offers that final moment in the sun, a last hurrah before we welcome the cooler fall days ahead. While it marks the end of a fabulous season, it’s also a brilliant excuse to gather, reminisce, and of course indulge in some of my favorite recipes for Labor Day. Let’s go!

Celebrating the End of Summer with Delicious Recipes for Labor Day

As a kid, Labor Day was by no means my favorite holiday. Back to school started the following day, so for me, it was pretty much the most mournful holiday. However, the tides have changed, and now I see it as a beautiful opportunity to celebrate.

Summer at 60 years old is like being at an adult summer camp—it’s been so much fun to stay up late and indulge a little bit too much in all of the adult activities. Every night is an adventure, and every day brings a new taste or experience.

Here are just a few of the highlights from my summer of 2023:

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These days, the best way to counteract the end of summer is to get together with my favorite people and make something absolutely delicious to eat! Nothing beats the warmth of good company and the taste of mouthwatering dishes.

raspberries at farmer's market

Harvest Highlights: Making the Most of Summer’s Bounty

I love to incorporate as much of the summer harvest as I can into my Labor Day menu. There’s something magical about the season’s flavors, from sun-ripened tomatoes to fresh sweet corn.

Summer Sunday Salad with Teri

I love hitting the farmers market for all the fresh fruits and vegetables; there’s undeniable excitement in discovering new ingredients and creating recipes around them. The vibrant colors, the aromatic scents, and the unbeatable freshness make every trip a culinary adventure.

Click here to make my Whole30 Vegan Sunday Salad.

Teri’s Top Picks: Must-Try Favorites from This Season’s Menu

Amidst all the fresh fruits and veggies, I also enjoy making delightful treats! Sundaes dripping with sauces, perfectly seared Smashburgers, and countless other delicacies have made this summer a season of indulgence.

I’ve whipped up numerous dishes this season, but some stand out more than others. Here are some of my favorites that will leave you wanting more.

Lobster Nachos

While developing my recipe for Lobster Nachos, I decided to share batches with my neighbors. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and it warmed my heart to see how much they loved this dish.

Rosalia’s daughter even exclaimed, “This is the best thing I have ever tasted! I’m loving them—thank you!” Such messages of appreciation inspire me to keep experimenting and creating delectable dishes that bring joy to others.

Click here to make this delicious recipe for Labor Day.

End of Summer Corn & Sausage Platter

Summer corn is unbelievably delicious, so I love having it as the star of the show. This easy summer corn and sausage platter is perfect for weekend cooking and celebrating!

“This is on weekly rotation in our house, sometimes with jalapeños or peppers added for a kick, during the summer months! Great recipe that can be made a million ways!” -Jasmine

Click here to make this recipe for Labor Day.

Smashburger with Special Sauce

There is no doubt about it; this is the Smashburger of the century!

Don’t take my word for it; just read this 5-star review: “Made this tonight for dinner, and it was a hit! My husband said it tasted like a Freddy’s burger. The ultimate burger compliment. The sauce recipe just brought it all together. I added some Maceo’s Steak Seasoning to it. This just upped my burger game, thanks!”  -Katbird

Click here to make this recipe for Labor Day!

Copycat Campfire Restaurant Charred Broccoli

Recently on my annual girls’ trip, we went to a fantastic restaurant in Carlsbad, California, called Campfire. The number one most popular dish that everyone gets is Charred Broccoli. It was amazing. The funny part is that I’ve never been a huge fan of broccoli. I prefer broccolini. But their incredible dish made of charred broccoli tossed with a lime vinaigrette, topped with hot maple peanuts, and drizzled with Chermoula Aioli could make me a convert!

Click here to make this fabulous recipe for Labor Day.
Close up of Charred Broccoli.
An ice cream sundae

The Best Ice Cream Toppings For A Sundae Bar

I’ve always loved a Sundae…I mean, who doesn’t? What’s not to love about scoops of decadent ice cream piled high with the most fabulous ice cream toppings, like hot fudge, candy bars, nuts, and sprinkles?

Sundaes are fun for kids, but you definitely don’t have to be a kid to enjoy one.

Click here to make a sundae bar for Labor Day!

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