You Are Having a Labor Day Party

September 4, 2009 by

Fun times are here!

You're throwing a Labor Day party this weekend and need recipes.

I've put together two mini cookbooks for the occasion ...

The first will be perfect if you're having more a foodie dinner party.  From the appetizer to the dessert this menu is sure to please the palate ... and your wallet!

The second will be perfect if you're having an open house party where your guests will be arriving at various times.  It includes finger-friendly appetizers that can be made in advance and simply set out to allow guests to "graze" all day.

Both booklets contain some of my favorite recipes from this site, that combine interesting flavors, and a variety of ingredients.

Recipes that will cause your guests to “ooo” and “ahhh” and exclaim things like “there is an explosion of flavors in my mouth!”

Yet at the same time, recipes that can be made in a without complicated cooking techniques …

That won’t cost you an arm and a leg  …

That won’t leave you with a mess of ingredients in your pantry that you’ll never use again …

And that won’t have you working in the kitchen all night!

Plus for an extra bonus, I'm giving you the mother of all Labor Day desserts ...

The most AMAZING rum cake recipe you've ever had.  

Warning: This dessert is not for the timid!  Don't even bother with this one if you don't like the taste of rum.  But if you do like rum, ooooo boy are you in for a treat.  

So the next time you're planning a Labor Day party, whether foodie-centric or open house style, get ready to kick back and relax with friends.  You've got the perfect recipes for a Labor Day extravaganza!

Until our next meal,


Labor Day Recipes for Foodies

Labor Day Recipes for an Open House Party

Rum Cake


Rum Cake

Rum Cake


  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1 Package Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 5 Oz Package Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Cold Water
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Rum (Dark, Light or Spiced - Pick Your Fave!)
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract


  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Rum


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour bundt pan.
  3. Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan.
  4. Mix all cake ingredients together.
  5. Pour batter over nuts and bake 1 hour.
  6. Let cake cool and then invert on serving plate.
  7. Let sit for about 10 minutes, and then prick holes on the top of the cake with a skewer, chopstick, or toothpick.  (This is so the glaze will seep into the cake)
  8. Melt butter in saucepan.
  9. Stir in water and sugar, and boil 5 minutes stirring constantly. 
  10. Remove from heat, and stir in rum.  
  11. Let sit for a few minutes to cool a bit.
  12. Spoon the glaze over the top and sides of the cake.  It may take 4 or 5 times to get all of the glaze soaked in.