It’s Memorial Day. The last Monday in May is set aside in the U.S. to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the Armed Forces.  


But it’s also considered the unofficial start-date for picnics, neighborhood potlucks and backyard barbecues.  

We’re taking the day off and because the Food Safety News team is spread out across the country, we’re having our third annual “virtual potluck” for our Memorial Day celebration.

Dan and Helena are bringing the main dishes — Slow-Cooked Barbecue Pork Sandwiches and Mussels in Wine. James and Cookson are offering salads — Barley-Is-Boss Salad and Tortellini Pasta Salad. Mary is bringing a side dish — Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce.  Suzanne is contributing her Rhubarb Crumble for dessert.

We’re sharing our recipes here, so you can join in our virtual potluck or use them at your next one.  

Have a  food safe Memorial Day celebration!

The Food Safety News team.

  • I always look forward to your newsletter and this virtual potluck is a fun idea. I want to try the barbecue pork sandwich recipe. I wrote my blog this week on Picnic/Barbecue food safety.

  • Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.
    Korean War veteran Clifford Tousignant served the United States of America for 22 years, earning three purple hearts along the way. In 2009, he died from eating Salmonella contaminated peanut butter.
    Mr. Tousignant was one of nine people who died and 714 who were sickened in a 2008/2009 Salmonella outbreak linked to Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). The outbreak affected almost every state in the nation and cost the peanut industry over one billion dollars.
    Paul Schwarz, like Mr. Tousignant, likely should have died during his service of his country, but he survived and became a father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a productive member of our country. In all respects he was an American hero. We repaid Paul and his family by having “the safest food supply in the world.” On this Memorial Day we should all be ashamed. Mr. Schwarz was part of a Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes that sickened 146, killing 36.

  • Diana Adcock

    Thank you for sharing all your recipes. I’m looking forward to trying Barley is Boss, then switch it up using Quinoa, and Helena’s Mussels in White Wine, something I’m sure my husband will flip over.