Memorial Day Weekend Lunch on the Patio

The forecast pre-weekend did not sound very conducive to al fresco dining. However, yesterday afternoon turned out to be quite pleasant — low 70’s, a bit of sun, and not too much wind. Michael had hosed down the chairs, I’d cleaned the table — getting rid of the winter’s schmutz was a real chore! — and he’d hoisted the umbrella the day before. So, though it wasn’t exactly “Rozy weather,” I decided to serve lunch on the patio.

Those of you who come here with some regularity know that chez nous, hot dog season begins on Memorial Day Weekend and ends on Labor Day. Therefore, for this first al fresco lunch, I served the usual Hebrew National franks. But I added something new. A few days ago, I prepared Brunswick stew. Not only was this the first time I’d ever made this type of stew, but it also included an ingredient I’d never bought before: smoked polska kielbasa. Off to Delicious Orchards where I bought a package.* After using what I needed for the stew, there was plenty left. I thought to myself, I’ll bet that kielbasa would be great on the grill, so I added a couple of pieces with the franks.

At Home: Memorial Day Weekend Lunch

We had the usual accompaniments for the franks.

At Home: Memorial Day Weekend Lunch

At Home: Memorial Day Weekend Lunch

Busch’s Vegetarian Baked Beans

I also made a little bit of potato salad which I thought would be a good accompaniment for the kielbasa. (I used some leftover steamed potato slices I happened to have in the frig.)

At Home: Memorial Day Weekend Lunch

At Home: Memorial Day Weekend Lunch

The grilled kielbasa was, indeed, very tasty. No doubt, this first time won’t be the last.

At Home: Memorial Day Weekend Lunch

P.S. The Brunswick stew was delicious.

*Garrett Valley All Natural Smoked Fresh Polska Kielbasa, Wood Smoked. I liked this additional information: No artificial ingredients, 36% Less Sodium, Pork raised with no antibiotics, Humanely raised, Gluten Free.

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