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Jun 4, 2008 03:02 PM

Picnic recommendations wanted

I am looking to ahve my first picnic in years and I want it to be really special. Was thinking a mix of homemade and store bought items, obviously that can be easily packed in a cooler. Writing from hot and humid weather so with that in mind do the hounds have any recs? the last time I did this it was pb and j - want this to be slightly more romantic!!! Thanks guys

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  1. anunez, there are recipes around here for a potato salad with egg in it -- can be kept in a cooler I guess? -- that sound delish.

    Fried chicken, bought or made, potato salad, white wine, brownies, napkins...and some healthy stuff like fruit, if you insist.

    Oh, and the car that Grace Kelly and Cary Grant sat in while he ate that chicken leg sooooooo very smartly!

    Have fun.

    1. We just had a picnic a week ago and I made a wonderful sandwich (courtesy of a Giada DeLaurentis (sp?) recipe. It was tuna with kalamata olives, artichokes and olive oil (no mayo). It held up really well and was delicious and very easy to make. I also made a potato salad with olive oil instead of mayo and, from the same episode of her show, I made the tomatoe/basil/watermelon skewers. Bring along some cheese and fruit or a nice dessert and you've got it made!

      1. A roast or grilled (as in Portuguese-style) chicken, interesting composed salads - thinking Greek, Maghrebi ones with cooked ingredients etc - cheese and wine are obvious. And everyone likes a good potato salad. Good crusty bread (whether a baguette or crusty bread rolls). The fruit shouldn't be a healthy obligation but a pleasure - a fruit salad with a hint of booze, grapes (very sexy, those) or tiny berries in season.

        1. Chicken Marabella served cold:

          Or, you could make it easy (and kinda romantic) and do some olives, an assortment of cheeses, pate, hard salami, french bread, and maybe some melon with a nice bottle of wine.

          1. Antipasto type ingredients--salami, other Italian deli meats, good cheese, olives, marinated artichokes, roasted red peppers, plus great bread. Really good cookies or brownies for dessert.