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Picnic Planning

Posted by kathleenerindavis on July 24, 2008

Earlier this month The New York Times ran this article, called 101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics. First of all I think 20-minutes is a bit too long if you are making several different things for a picnic, and second a lot of them are probably gross. But it’s still a good idea.

So here’s a list of the things that I normally include in a picnic (notice the lack of prep time):

  • My totally awesome picnic basket that I found on the street, it has a deep main section and two wine bottle holders
  • Cups, plates, cutlery, etc.
  • The pretty round table cloth my mom gave me that I have no other use for (good because it’s lightweight and you don’t have to dirty your blankets.
  • White or Rose wine (summer is usually too hot for Red)
  • Strawberries and Chocolate Dipping Sauce
  • Hummus and Pita
  • Wheat Thins and Garlic Laughing Cow Cheese (in those super convienent individual triangles)
  • Various other types of cheeses and crackers
  • Macoroni and/or potato salad (usually store bought)
  • Egg Salad Sandwiches (the egg salad I make uses pickles and sometimes cucumbers)
  • Seedless Grapes
  • Chips and a dip of sorts
  • Other fruits or brownies

And here’s some of the NYT suggestions I might consider for future picnics:

  • Beet Salad with hazelnuts and goat cheese (I didn’t think I liked beets until just a month or so ago, now I think I should try to see what they can do)
  • Interesting sounding celery filler: Process a cup or two of cashews, a chili or two, some garlic, a splash of soy sauce and enough water to get the food processor going; fold in chopped cilantro or chives. Fill celery sticks and chill.
  • This sound good, but I don’t know if I’d for to this much trouble for a picnic: Cook whole unpeeled eggplant in a dry, hot skillet, turning occasionally, until collapsed and soft. While it’s cooling, whisk together tahini, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic and parsley in a bowl. Chop the eggplant flesh (leave the peel behind) and roughly mash in the bowl. Add red pepper flakes if you like. Serve with pita.
  • Soak a tablespoon or two of black beans in sherry or wine; toss with cooked rice, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and cilantro

(there were more, but the article seems to have locked me out, hmph!)



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