On the Menu: Our Labor Day Weekend Menu

labor day menuMarc Murphy's mini lobster rolls; Karen DeMasco's sweet corn budino with blueberries and cornmeal shortbread

As summer’s twilight looms, we’re testing the strength of our shopping bags by loading them up with ingredients for these tasty late-season recipes. This menu may not call for a piping hot grill, but it will still help you cope with the fact that another summer has come and gone. Chilled Carrot Soup With Clotted Cream, Pistachios, and Mint This elegant dish is souped up (sorry, we can’t resist) with curry, sweet pistachios, and an unexpected dollop of clotted cream, making it one of the more cosmopolitan carrot purées we’ve seen.

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Recipe: Lime Flan Parfait with Blueberries and Watermelon Granita

Heather Rodriguez-Carlucci's Lime Flan Parfait with Blueberries and Watermelon GranitaPrint’s Heather Rodriguez-Carlucci whipped up this triple-decker dessert at Chefs & Champagne, but the preparation is also doable at home. The flan gets some zing from lime curd, which is made by combining beaten eggs with sugar and the highly acidic fruit juice. The granita, a frozen Italian treat with coarse ice crystals, can (and should) bypass the ice cream churner: just place a shallow container of fruit syrup in the freezer and use a fork to periodically rake up ice as it forms. (The pros call this still freezing.)

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Recipe: Bay Scallop Ceviche with Watermelon and Black Sesame

Bay Scallop Ceviche with Watermelon and Black Sesame Tied together with a lemongrass, ginger, and Sriracha vinaigrette, this zesty scallop ceviche will entice any fan of Asian flavor. We also think it’s completely gorgeous, especially the sesame-seed finish. Make it the centerpiece of your next dinner party spread. Want more scallop ceviche? Check out another recipe here.

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Recipe: Watermelon Soup with Jumbo Lump Crab Salad

Watermelon soupMarc Forgione of Restaurant Marc Forgione prepared this refreshing chilled soup at our annual Chefs & Champagne event in the Hamptons. It’s fresh, light, and complex, and the watermelon’s brilliant hue is gorgeous to behold.

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