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Garden to Table: Labor Day Entertaining

The herbs and tomatoes are exceptional this year! More basil than I know what to do with, and the tomatoes are amazing; plump, and juicy. Labor Day is the perfect time to sit back, relax, and share it all with friends and family in a meal that’s more special that the usual burgers and brats, but not much more difficult.

Pike Nurseries features a line of gourmet jams, jellies and preserves from McCutcheon's, a family-owned company. Everything is truly wonderful. We’ve come up with a menu that features wonderful McCutcheon’s products, and the bounty of your garden!

1.1 Citrus Brined Pork Ingredients

Citrus-Brined Pork Roast with Chipotle Mustard Peach Glaze
This is based on a family recipe—with a new focus on coriander, fennel and citrus, with a fabulous peach-based glaze.

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Charred Corn Salad with Basil and Tomatoes

Charred Corn Salad with Basil and Tomatoes
Who doesn’t love the flavor of grilled corn? Pair it with fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden, and the splash of tart lime juice … what could be better?

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Mustard Aioli-Grilled Potatoes with Fines Herbes

Mustard Aioli-Grilled Potatoes with Fines Herbes
Lots of herbs and mustardy, garlicky Aioli (just French for garlic and mayonnaise, and French for your fresh garden herbs) make these potatoes something special. The leftovers are great for breakfast, or as a base for potato salad!>

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Grilled Cherry Balsamic Brie

Grilled Cherry Balsamic Brie
This is great year round appetizer. Grilling on the Kamado Joe really unique hint of smoke to the brie, but this recipe can be easily adapted to the oven.

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Rosemary Cookies with Tomato Jam

Rosemary Cookies with Tomato Jam
This recipe, is a wonderful riff on short bread--not too sweet, a wonderful texture, buttery, with the surprising hint of rosemary. Tomato jam is a revelation; a little sweet, a little savory, a great match for the shortbread. A friend of Pike's discovered that the plain cookie is AMAZING dipped in Shiraz! Give it a try too!

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