05:33 PM EDT 10/21/2013


Memorial Day

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Trisha Yearwood's Summer Coleslaw | Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood's Summer Coleslaw

Originally posted 05/16/2013 11:00AM

According to Trisha Yearwood, coleslaw recipes vary by region. "There are more varieties of coleslaw than there are shades of pink," she writes, jokingly.

The slimmed-down country star's favorite, though, comes from her mama, and instead of relying on sugar for sweetness, it uses salad pickles. "I think that lets the flavors of the carrots and cabbage shine through," she says.

Yearwood suggests making her dish the night before you serve it – "to let all the flavors meld together," she explains – and hopes it brings your family as many memories as it has hers.

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Angelo Sosa's Grilled Corn

Angelo Sosa's Grilled Corn

Originally posted 05/16/2013 11:00AM

To chef Angelo Sosa, grilled corn is "the epitome of summer," he tells PEOPLE. His version is just that – buttery and salted – but with an Asian twist, the Top Chef alum's signature.

The recipe does call for Sriracha; If you can't find it in your local grocery store, you can order it online at Amazon.com.

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Katie Lee's Award-Winning Burgers | Katie Lee Joel

Katie Lee's Award-Winning Burgers

Originally posted 05/16/2013 11:00AM

Katie Lee's burgers are so special that they have two names. The first, Logan County, for her home state of West Virginia, and the second, award-winning, because, well, they've been recognized for their yumminess!

The recipe is pretty straightforward (and doesn't require a grill), though some yellow onion and grilled bread put this all-American favorite over the edge.

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Al Roker's Pulled Pork Sammies | Al Roker

Al Roker's Pulled Pork Sammies

Originally posted 05/16/2013 10:00AM

When Al Roker was cooking up a storm at the 2012 South Beach Food and Wine Festival, he found that his pulled pork was super-popular with diners. The Today weatherman's favorite way to serve it? "With collard greens, cornbread and coleslaw," he tells PEOPLE.

If you don't have all the savory sides, you can still slow-cook a batch of Roker's delicious dish. Just be sure to give yourself some time!

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How Elizabeth Banks Is Spending Memorial Day: Grilling (Not Sleeping) | Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks Is Spending Memorial Day Grilling (Not Sleeping)

Originally posted 05/28/2012 12:45PM

So much for a lazy summer day.

While marking Memorial Day (and the unofficial start of the season!) with her son, Felix, Elizabeth Banks wasn't taking advantage of her time off.

"Doesn't my kid realize it's a holiday and he can sleep in?" the Hunger Games actress, 38, who welcomed her little one in 2011 via a surrogate, Tweeted Monday. "Dude, it's Memorial Day. Chill out and re-laxxxx. #babies."

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Anything on a Stick! And More Fun Celeb Chef Tips for Memorial Day Eats

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Memorial Day: Cat Cora, Padma Lakshmi Share Healthy Eating Tips for Summer

Originally posted 05/28/2012 08:30AM

Memorial Day marks the start of the summer grilling season, and what better way to spend the holiday that with your family and friends – outside.

Celebrity chef Cat Cora – and star Bravo's Around the World in 80 Plates – says including your children in your meal planning can lead to fun and, most importantly, healthy dining experiences.

In Smart Chefs Stay Slim: Lessons in Eating and Living from America's Best Chefs, by PEOPLE senior editor Allison Adato, Cora is just one of many celebrity chefs (including Tom Colicchio, Wolfgang Puck, Rick Bayless) with nutritious tips to share.

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Grammy-Nominated Artist Nadia Ali Selects the Perfect Party Playlist for Memorial Day

Grammy-Nominated Artist Nadia Ali Selects the Perfect Party Playlist for Memorial Day

Originally posted 05/23/2012 04:00PM

With Memorial Day on Monday, who better to help plan the best bash than a world class DJ-singer who has been relevant in the business for more than a decade?

Nadia Ali, who started out as ½ of the group iiO in 2001, went solo in 2005. The Libya-born songstress, famous for such hits as "Call My Name," "Pressure" and her debut, "Rapture," has worked with many other big names in electronica, including Armin van Buuren and Avicii.

"I have four back-to-back shows this weekend," the Grammy nominated tells PEOPLE. "I'll be enjoying the beaches during the day and singing my heart out to my fans at night. Whether it's Memorial Day or any other holiday, music has the power to set any mood and build long-lasting memories."

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