May 23, 2016 Jennifer

Turning up the HEAT for Memorial Day

It’s happening. It’s *really* happening. If you’ve been in one of those climates where winter carried on pounding the landscape as if it would never end, the arrival of Memorial Day brings (what we hope) is the promise that colder days are now a memory, it’s safe to put out the garden furniture for the summer, and it’s time (o joy!) for fried chicken and coleslaws. And beer on the patio with friends. And summer berry pies. And taking the kids out for ice cream on the weekend. And berry picking. And canning pickles… And – well, I could go on. Summer is as much about summer food as it is summer heat, and we are looking forward to a feast of bright flavors and indulgence as we throw ourselves into the coming months — and it all begins with our beloved Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Celebrating Memorial Day: The Classics

Some of you have traditions written in stone for Memorial Day. Others, like myself, never really had a family routine for that particular holiday and you can find yourself wondering what to do. How to celebrate? What is everyone *else* doing on Memorial Day Monday? The great thing about this holiday is you are free to enjoy your first Summer Monday in any way that brings you and your family summer happiness. A hike in the woods? A beach day? A picnic in the park? Barbecue with friends? Open Studios in the city? However you go about it, plan ahead so the food is special and centered on the vegetables and fruits that are just coming in to season.

We’ve put together here some possible menus you can use for any of these classic Memorial Day Events. Riff, improvise, edit, and embellish in whatever way suits your tribe. But if you do — make sure to share your final meal design on Forq!

Menu Ideas:

These recipes are all submitted by our Forq foodies and are available in the Forq app. Links below. Download the app and you’ll have full access to instructions.

The Backyard Barbecue
Potluck with Friends
The Block Party

How to Make Fried Chicken

Keep this one in your repertoire! We love it for Memorial Day, but then, we also love it for Fourth of July, Labor Day, Autumn Weekend Lunches, Midweek Pickmeups…

Memorial Day Fried Chicken


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup hot red pepper sauce
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/2 -pound chicken, cut into pieces
  • Oil, for frying, preferably peanut oil
  • Method
    In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs with the water. Add enough hot sauce so the egg mixture is bright orange. In another bowl, combine the flour and pepper. Season the chicken with the House Seasoning. Dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, and then coat well in the flour mixture.
    Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pot. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.
    Fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. Dark meat takes longer than white meat. It should take dark meat about 13 to 14 minutes, white meat around 8 to 10 minutes.