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Officially, Memorial Day was never supposed to be about breaking out the grill for the first barbecue of the year, of course. But tell that to the food blogs. They've been preparing for the unofficial start of summer for weeks now, and they offer a wide range of anticipation-building suggestions, from the traditional to the cutting edge.
For a classic, All-American Memorial Day celebration, look no further than Martha Stewart's Memorial Day page, which offers recipes for favorites like grilled burgers, barbecue spare ribs, mustard potato salad. She'll also tell you how to set the table, naturally. And she has some impressive desserts. You might consider looking elsewhere for yet more sweets: YumSugar's recipe for mint chocolate-chip ice cream sandwiches is awfully tempting.
If you're looking for a twist on the traditional, there are some other options, depending on what theme you want:
• HIGH-TECH If you want to take a more high-tech approach to Memorial Day, these two gadgets are for you: The Vacu Vin Instant Marinator, which uses vacuum technology to marinate meat in 10 minutes (!), exponentially faster than the usual 24-hour marinating process. And for the grilling itself, there's a grill that does the work for you--all you have to do is program in which type of meat you're making and how you want it done.