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Labor Day is upon us. Without sounding too sentimental, where has the summer gone? When I think back over summers gone by, I can’t help but think about my favorite topic: food. With food memoirs (and movies) all the rage, it’s fun to stop and think about our own food memories. (Work with me, they don’t have to include feasting across the globe to be special.)

Summertime elicits thoughts of crashing waves, firecrackers, and hot, hot days. But for me, none of this means quite as much without pairing it with some sort of food experience. Crashing waves plus piles of boiled gulf shrimp and Silver Queen corn tipped over newspaper; firecrackers plus my daughter with watermelon juice streaming down her chin; hot, hot days plus a pitcher of ice cold margaritas. Now, those are memories I can hold on to.


In honor of the last days of summer, we’re doing a BIG mid-week giveaway. Thanks to our friends at amazon.com, we’re giving away an O-Grill 3000 Portable Gas Barbecue Grill. It weighs just 24 pounds, has a large cooking surface, and looks cool to boot. We think this is perfect way to pay homage to the summer and usher in the fall. After all, once Labor Day is done, it’s time to create new food memories around tailgates, camp fires, and backyard fire pits.

To be eligible to win the O-Grill:

Step 1: “Like” us on Facebook (use the Facebook box to the right and click “Like” if you don’t already like us) OR follow us on Twitter @Cooking_Light.

Step 2: Describe for us here in 50 words or less your most prized summertime food memory. Entries should be typed into the comments field of this blog post. Entries are due by Monday, Sept 6 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Editors will select their favorite based on originality, creativity, and how well you address our question. Winner will be notified via email by Sept 10, 2010. For full contest rules, click here.

For a complete guide to all things grilling, visit www.amazon.com/grilling. And for grilling recipes to inspire, check out our Essential Grilling Guide.