Your Ultimate Picnic Basket
Say you are planning the ultimate picnic. What goes in your basket?
Mine would be:
Big slice of country pate
Jar of nice Dijon mustard
Wedge of good brie
Carr's Whole wheat crackers
Bottle of light bodied red wine
To me it really depends on the type of picnic.
Picnic at the park in early spring- good cheese, salami, pate, baguette, white wine and maybe some good chocolate for afterwards.
Height of the summer evening picnic at the beach-some kind of fun cocktail with nuts, olives and maybe cheese/crackers to start. Lobster rolls with cape cod chips, watermelon/feta or a sweet corn salad along with champagne or a nice rose. Dessert would be something with fresh strawberries or ME blueberries.
Fall picnic would be assorted crusty sandwiches, bacon potato salad, beer and oatmeal cranberry cookies for dessert.
Cold fried chicken
Cheddar cheese, sliced up and warmed by the sun
A cold can of 50/50
Cut up crudites with homemade garlic blue cheese dressing
Chocolate chip cookies or blondies
A crispy tart apple
Tortilla chips or salt and vinegar potato chips to put the cheddar cheese on
A baggie of damp paper towels
Good, hearty bread, good cheese, good summer sausage. A garden salad with fresh in season ingredients and home-made dressing. Some fruit (local and in season). An ice cold beer. Maybe some good quality olive or antipasto. Some sort of sour cherry, blueberry or raspberry squares to finish.