Declare Your Independence - Have a Picnic
Friday, July 2nd, 2010
Our favorite foods for picnics are simple to prep, easy to store and can be made in advance. A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou is the simplest version of this, but most of us want a bit more. We propose starting with that loaf of bread, some cheese and fruit such as apples, peaches, berries and grapes to take the edge off. Chips and various dips also work for an easy and quick appetizer. Cold roast chicken or thin-sliced flank steak make excellent focal points for the meal. For a vegetarian option, go with grilled portabello mushrooms and summer veggies. Sides can include the traditional potato or pasta salad or you change things up with a rice salad. It doesn't seem like a picnic without bean salads, pickled cucumbers or beets, pickles and cole slaw--probably because they are so easy to make and come out of a cooler ready to go on the table. Finish your feast with an assortment of cookies or quick breads and fresh fruit - light and easy.
We've found dishes from our recipe challenge that work anytime, and are especially good for picnics.