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06-15-2000, 03:04 PM
My husband and I are thinking of going on a picnic this weekend. Our menu usually consists of things that can be eaten simply...a loaf of french bread, cheese, meat, carrots, a variety of fruit. We've also varied this with hummus and pita...basically, simple, earthy stuff. Any suggestions for other picnic items that have worked in the past? Thanks!
06-15-2000, 04:17 PM
We're going on a picnic tonight and attending a concert! We're taking most of the typical stuff that you mentioned. In addition to that we're taking a small focaccia and a lemon poppy seed pound cake. YUM! I can't wait!!!
At the Hollywood Bowl, there's a tradition. Pack a picnic-- the more elaborate the better. People show up with fine wines, candles, crystal, all kinds of gourmet fare. It's really a kick.
My husband and I (and now our 10-year-old) have a tradition for stress reduction: what we call Wine and Cheese night (usually held on a Friday)-- similar to your "usual" perhaps, but with a wide variety of cheeses and meats, spinach dip, sometimes a paté and some ridiculously decadent dessert. I've taken shrimp or lobster salad sandwiches to our Bowl picnics, even shrimp cocktail. I've picnicked with Shrimp Louies: lamb, tzatziki, lettuce and feta pitas; muffalettas; calamari pesto pasta; antipasto. What about a Chinese chicken salad? If you're lucky enough to have a gourmet market in your vicinity, stroll the aisles. See what they offer. Picnic possibilities can be endless...
Whatever you choose, have fun!
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06-16-2000, 04:39 PM
In 1995 Good Housekeeping had an article on picnic food. They had a crispy chicken with 3 dipping sauces ( a type of "fried" chicken but baked (used dried bread crumbs and walnuts) The 3 sauces were honey mustard, apricot balsamic and blue cheese. They had a firecracker mix (the mix using the different cereal squares) A sweet onion tart (caramelized inion, herbs and Parmessan filling) Although a while back Southerliving had a vidalia tart that @ this time with vidalias in season might be better.A summer corn salad (fresh corn off the cob, green beans, red pepper & sweet onion in an apple cider vinaigrette). For dessert: jumbo pecan date oatmeal cookies. The recipes were for a picnic for 16. If you want any of these recipes let me know. Or this can give you some ideas......
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