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Labor Day Stew

on September 9, 2013

I am super behind on all the things I want to blog about.  I hope to get you all caught up this week on what I’ve been up to.  Last week was a holiday week (Happy Labor Day!) and I hope everyone enjoyed their short week/long weekend if you got one.  I certainly did, but that also means a busy week of playing catch up! 

I thought I’d share with you how I spent my Labor Day.  I’m not sure about the back story of this or if it’s even really a “thing” but where I grew up, Labor Day Stew was a tradition.  There was a church close to where I lived as a child (where my parents still live) that would sell stew every Labor Day as a fund-raiser.  The men of the church would get up early and start cooking in kettle pots over an open fire.  This was the best stuff ever!  You had to bring your own container to put it in, and my dad would get a big gallon jug of it.  I’m not sure when they stopped doing that, but for years we missed it and craved it.

Then, probably about 15 years ago, we went to Charleston, SC to visit my college friend, Amy, and her husband, Dan.  We went to Disney World right after that and passed through Brunswick, GA.  I picked up a recipe card there for Brunswick Stew.  My dad tried his hand at making it that fall, and it’s been a hit with my family ever since.  He has tweaked the recipe a bit through the years, though I won’t share his changes.  I’m not sure I even know all of the changes.

We picked this recipe up for Brunswick Stew about 15 years ago, and it's now a family fave!

We picked this recipe up for Brunswick Stew about 15 years ago, and it’s now a family fave!

About three or four years ago, my cousin resurrected the Labor Day Stew tradition at her house, using my uncle’s (her father) recipe. 

My cousin set up tables in her garage for the Labor Day Stew.

My cousin set up tables in her garage for the Labor Day Stew.

She and her husband once again cooked it up in a huge cast iron kettle pot over an open flame, a gas one. 

My cousin and her husband cook the stew in a huge cast iron pot over a gas flame.

My cousin and her husband cook the stew in a huge cast iron pot over a gas flame.

Enough stew to feed a small army!

They invited lots of family and friends over, and we had the stew, sandwiches, chips, cookies and brownies.  Often, it’s a little cool on Labor Day but this time it was almost too hot for the stew.  Regardless of the temperature, it’s never too hot for an old tradition. 

More food to go along with the stew

More food to go along with the stew

Do you have any family food traditions?

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