Happy Barbecue Labor Day!

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Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic. (dol.gov)

Today’s Restaurant

Mom’s House – Tracy, Ca

Average Cost

Free! It’s mom’s house!

Rating (1-10)


Mom’s Recipes: 

Frances Dampier’s TasteBook Recipe 

So it is Labor Day weekend and time to relax with family and friends and enjoy your day off at work.

I know some of you still had to work today but I hope it was more laid back for you and you found a way to eat some barbecue!

Something about barbecue is the foundation for love and gatherings here in America..

We barbecue for graduations..

We barbecue for birthdays..

We barbecue for holidays..

Heck..We may even barbecue for a funeral..

I know what I’m going to do for this Labor Day weekend..


Let’s talk about it…

So like I said it is Labor Day weekend and time for a family gathering at my lovely Mother’s house.

Today’s menu consists of barbecue pork chops, brown sugar bacon wrapped asparagus, pork riblets, macaroni salad, hotlinks, and my mom’s famous spinach salad.

I warm up the grill and turn on some Pandora music while I grill all the meats anticipating all of these superb flavors running down my throat.

With laughs and chatter in the air of loving grandchildren, nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters; it is time to dig in!

We pray over this wonderful meal then visualize and attack!

My heart seems to be beating extra fast while I debate what I am going to sink my fangs into first.

The long strings of asparagus seem to be eyeing me from across the room like a seductive vixen of love.

She is a beauty and I am willing to give in to the temptation..

I bite into her first and an explosion of sweetness from the brown sugar combined with the succulent bacon and a bit of the tanginess from the asparagus all burst into my mouth.

Instant gratification!

Next up is the succulent thick pork chop..

Super tender and flavorful and leads me into a humming type song going on in my head while I move from that to the riblets.

The riblets give the perfect tease of indulgence with abnormal flavors of perfection in every bite.

The salad gives you that great crunch and a burst of Vitamin C from all of the unique fruits brightening your plate. Mmmm Mmm Good!

After that cool down I more to the hearty macaroni salad that is so good it could stand on its own like the Statue of Liberty!

Bite after bite..moan after moan.. True live action living!!

If you haven’t take a look at my mother’s recipes then I suggest you order her book soon! I promise you that you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! Happy Labor Day! I look forward to seeing you on the next run!

Eating is an enjoyable way of life.Live it..Learn it..Love it!

Trevis Dampier Sr.


dol.gov ( 2015) The History of Labor Day Retrieved from http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm


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