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Sep 3, 2009 03:52 AM

All time favorite picnic food

With Labor day fast approaching and so many good food to choose from this year my menu consists of slow cooked bbq boneless ribs, crock pot mac and cheese, 3 bean baked beans, sweet corn, and last but not least homemade peach pie!

What is your fav picnic food?

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  1. Cold fried chicken, potato salad and wine!

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        1. re: schrutefarms

          Yes! Count me in and I'll bring deviled eggs too!

          1. re: meatn3

            Daaaang! Another one of my favorites!!!!

            1. re: schrutefarms

              If I get in the car now, I can be there for the picnic on Monday!

    1. Well made potato salad that isn't drowning in mayo and has some hard boiled egg in it. High quality char-grilled frankfurters with a good array of condiments to choose from.

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      1. re: zzDan

        Amen to the grilled hot dogs, as my family has always called them. Roasting sticks were a family picnic necessity. First for the hot dogs and then for the marshmallows.

      2. Good baked beans. My mother was named the "Bean Queen" many years ago and so we were spoiled with from scratch beans cooked low and slow for hours and topped with many strips of bacon. Mmmmmm.

        I think it wouldn't be a picnic/bbq/cookout without deviled eggs - the universal picnic food. They are usually the first thing to disappear. I like them very basic, no "fancy" ingredients. They don't need jazzed up - simplicity is best.

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        1. re: lynnlato

          are you my sister? lol. My mom gets special requests for every family gathering to make her slow cooker baked beans.... that take hours to cook.

          And deviled eggs! I never can resist those..... ever.

          1. re: kubasd

            Deviled eggs! Our go-to recipe is with sun-dried tomatoes. 6 eggs, yolks forced through a sieve (sp?), 1/4 cup mayo, 2 T sour cream, finely diced SDT. Pipe into the egg whites with a pastry bag and put 3 capers on top with tweezers. No matter what else we have, these disappear first.

            1. re: kubasd

              I have a sister who has been missing for years... could it be? LOL

          2. Kahlua Pork for sandwiches
            Shrimp & Shells Pasta Salad
            Fresh-cut cole slaw (green cabbage and some jicama) with just enough lemon-mayo

            1. had a picnic yesterday, so that is what comes to mind.
              cold roast beef w/avocado sandwich
              corn on cob
              sliced tomatoes or caprese salad
              fresh fruit -- grapes, peaches, watermelon
              and the all important chips and dip

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              1. re: laliz

                This is the menu my mother fixed for the three different family reunions we attended each summer:

                Cold Shake-n-Bake chicken
                Homemade baked beans
                Macaroni salad
                and either pie or waky cake

                Now you must understand our first house had very little insulation. Thus it was hellishly hot in the summer. And three of the four dishes had to go into the oven for at least an hour. I'm begining to think my mother might be a saint.

                1. re: KristieB

                  Now, other favorite picnic/cookout menu is:

                  BBQ chicken (and for nostalgia's sake it MUST be either Kraft or Open Pit original.)
                  Corn roasted in the husk in the coals of the fire pit
                  Potato and Macaroni salad
                  a fresh veggie and fruit tray
                  pineapple or peach upside down cake.

                  This is the menu we had every year for my grandfather's birthday August 1st. Oh, grandma might try one of those new fangled Suddenly Salad kits, or one year my mother made spice cake, but the corn, chicken, and veggie tray remain constants.

                    1. re: meatn3

                      Wacky cake is a chocolate cake made without eggs or butter. They substitute vegetable oil and vinegar. It was popular during the war, when rationing limited eggs, butter, sugar, etc.

                      My daughter loves it and its easy to whip up with kitchen staples.

                      1. re: lynnlato

                        That cake is SOOOOOO good!! I used to make it in my early teens, with a good frosting you just don't know what you're missing.

                        1. re: lynnlato

                          Along with the vinegar there is baking soda. Together baking soda and vinegar leaven the cake.