Memorial Day is right around the corner. Anyone who lives in America knows that Memorial Day is a celebration of the people who have done their utmost to keep America safe during times of war and hardship. Memorial Day is an ode to all those who have fought for America from the Revolutionary War heroes of the 1770s to the service men and women who are currently in Iraq or newly returned from the Middle East.
Although the subject of war is a sad and often controversial one, Memorial Day is celebrated by practically everyone who lives in the United States regardless of whether they have been directly affected by a war or their political views. For many people, Memorial Day is a great opportunity to spend time with family and host outdoor barbeques.
Falling in late May, many Americans consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of summer and since the weather is usually agreeable, having Memorial Day barbeques has become an American tradition in of itself. Below is a list of three of the most common kinds of foods that might be served at a BBQ.
Hamburgers are meaty sandwiches that place grilled meat (usually beef) on top of a bun. Hamburgers are commonly topped with cheese—hence the term “cheeseburger”—and they often include other toppings like lettuce, tomato, and bacon. There is a lot of debate over who started the hamburger. Currently it is considered to be an “All American” staple food but its early origins probably date back to Europe. The hamburger as we know it is assumed to have started in either the late 19th or early 20th century; however its popularity exploded in the 1950s. During the 1950s, automobiles were becoming affordable to middle class families and, subsequently, drive-in movies and restaurants were all the rage. Drive-ins were an early form of “fast food” and they popularized hamburgers and French fries. One of the most popular fast-food restaurants at the time was McDonald’s—which had been started in 1940 and by the mid-1950s was a widespread chain restaurant all across America. Since then, McDonald’s has expanded into a global business with eateries in almost every country in the world.
Hotdogs are a form of sausage (minus the spices usually associated with sausages) on a bun that are easy and quick to cook and are therefore popular on-the-go meals in cities and sporting events. Hotdogs can be topped with many different sauces like ketchup, mustard, onions, mayonnaise, sauerkraut and even chili! It is difficult to assess exactly when hotdogs were created, although most reports claim that hotdogs were started in Frankfurt, Germany (hence their other name “frankfurter”). Hotdogs also have a long history; some historians claim that hotdogs were recorded as existing in the 13th century and were eaten by royals. Hotdogs are now closely associated with America culture—specifically New York City where hot dogs have been sold since at least 1870 (when a German immigrant started selling them on Coney Island). Hotdogs are often sold on food carts during outdoor summer events like carnivals and festivals and they are always on the menu in many restaurants, stadiums, and year-round “hot dog stands.”
Corn on the Cob
Corn is a healthy vegetable that is an important part of a balanced diet and corn on the cob is usually regarded as the tastiest type that a person can eat. Corn on the cob is natural to many regions of the United States and it can be grilled, boiled, roasted or boiled. Corn on the cob is best served with a little bit of salt, black pepper, and a good amount of butter. Corn comes in a variety of colors and each different type of corn tastes unique. Corn fields full of tall corn stalks have been a huge agricultural business in the United States for hundreds of years and a great deal of the world’s corn is still grown in the U.S.A. Corn has been sustaining people for centuries and historical records prove that both Native Americans and Mayan tribes regularly included corn in their diets. Today, corn is served with many meals from fish to meat and it is also popular among vegetarians.