09.01.20 – 09.03.20
Herb-Crusted Pork Tenderloin
served as the main entree, inspired by the first, traditional Labor Day picnic
*plant-based option: zucchini
Traditional 19th Century “Chow Chow”
pickled carrots, green beans, onions, peppers, cauliflower, & tomatoes served in a mason jar with a sweet & savory brine
Farmhouse-Style Molasses & Pepper Baked Beans
*plant-based option: no pork added
Summer Peach Pie
ripe Utah peaches baked in a flaky crust, served with sweet cultured whipped cream
Next Week’s Meal:
French Nicoise Salad with grilled Ahi Tuna & Curious Chicken, Provencal Dressing, and Fougasse leaf-shaped bread.
*plant-based option: chickpeas
Most of us grow up thinking that Labor Day is just a day of no labor – an end of summer celebration to go boating, hiking, or camping in the great outdoors one last time. But Labor Day carries so much more significance than simple amusement; it is a day formally set aside to honor the working class, the committed laborers who work day-in & day-out to bless our lives with the comforts of modern living. Labor Day celebrates the worker that is dedicated to performing their craft and we celebrate the collective benefit we all know and feel from the labors of so many in our homes and communities.
The history of Labor Day as a formal holiday stretches back to 1882 in New York City. A collection of fledgling labor unions led by Mathew Maguire and Peter J. McGuire identified the first Monday of September as the perfect day to hold a large parade featuring the banners and workers of various trade unions in a show of solidarity and strength. It was followed by a large picnic where tickets were sold as fundraisers to support union efforts at bettering the working conditions for their laborers. It took many years but eventually paid off in 1894 when the US Congress designated “Labor Day” an official Federal holiday.
A Victorian-era picnic prepared by the working class was a celebratory feast! Everything packed and carried to the park had to survive long days and warm summer temperatures. Smoked and preserved meats, bottled vegetables and fruit compotes, and baked goods like fruit pies dominated each family’s basket. A picnic was an all-day affair with no other aim than to relax and replenish. Curious Table recreates this historical Labor Day feast for you with gratitude and honor for all who labor to make our modern life so grand. We send a special thank you to our essential workers at this time of year. Your labors have been the strength of us all this year!
Dish up this wonderfully smoked and herbed pork tenderloin or zucchini as your main. Eat the farmhouse-style baked beans and “chow chow” as separate side dishes. Enjoy a whipped cream topped peach pie for dessert.
From our table to yours…
Eat well, be well!
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