When I was a child, I used to scrunch my nose in confusion when I would hear the title of Labor Day. Most likely because one of my little sisters had just been 2 born two weeks prior, and I was within earshot of an adult warbling on about my mother being in labor. Seriously? My mom gets a holiday for having my sister? Life is weird.
Nevertheless, I am all for a woop-woop for this day. A pat on the back is fine, but a whole day off especially on a Monday is downright brilliant! First put into law by the state legislature in Oregon in 1887, it wasn't until June of 1894 that Congress finally followed the lead of more than 2 dozen states and enacted Labor Day as a National holiday. Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was supposedly one of the first to propose we create a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."
Rude or not, carving grandeur from my fridge was less dramatic. And certainly not labor intensive. You may find this dish one of the least laborious dinners you make. Hearty, rib-sticking, and crowd pleasing this main dish is made from ingredients readily available and probably already in your kitchen. It is a I-can't-stop-eating-it kind of good.
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