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Your Ultimate Picnic Basket

jpc8015 Apr 19, 2013 10:36 PM

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
Pea Salad
Fresh Strawberries
Bottle of light bodied red wine

  1. gingershelley Apr 28, 2013 09:15 AM

    My chicken liver/apple/calvados mousse
    crusty baguette
    jamon Iberico (this is my dream picnic, after all)
    assorted Salumi salami's, thinly sliced
    iced radishes, plugra butter, grey salt
    cold fried chicken thighs
    marinated grill-roasted eggplant
    good pickles
    dijon mustard
    iced cherries and WA strawberries
    chocolate decadence brownies
    Rosé champagne and Badoit sparkling water, on ice

    My lover,
    a large antique quilt,

    and finally a Spanish guitarist who is playing within earshot, but discreetly out of view
    of our grassy vista overlooking the French countryside.

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    1. re: gingershelley
      jpc8015 Apr 28, 2013 09:46 AM

      There are a couple of things that I love about your basket:

      1. You have specified chicken thighs. In my world the hind quarters of the bird is the only part worth eating. The rest of the bird is for making stock.

      2. Washington strawberries. When I was a very young child my mom would take my brother and I to a big strawberry farm on Bainbridge Island to pick strawberries. These were the best strawberries in the world.

      1. re: jpc8015
        gingershelley Apr 28, 2013 10:45 AM

        You are a CH of impeccable taste, to realize that about our WA berries, and the 'hind of a chicken!

        And here I thought I would get a comment on WA berries flown all the way to France..... :)

        1. re: gingershelley
          jpc8015 Apr 29, 2013 10:55 PM

          I wasn't going to say anything about the berries going to Franch but I did think that was odd. Those Bainbridge Island strawberries do not travel well.

      2. re: gingershelley
        kattyeyes Apr 29, 2013 06:51 PM

        Nice basket, miss. Always key to have thinly sliced cold cuts! Would you care to share your chicken liver/apple/calvados mousse recipe?

        1. re: kattyeyes
          c oliver Apr 29, 2013 10:06 PM

          Jamon iberico is sliced with scalpel. It's ubiquitous in Spain as we found in Barcelona a few months ago.

        2. re: gingershelley
          sandylc Apr 29, 2013 07:00 PM

          Yes, please on the mousse recipe....

        3. Terrie H. Apr 27, 2013 04:02 PM

          The best picnic I managed was for an outdoor show venue where you can bring your picnic, and my date chose a show for my birthday. I made a pork rillette and served it as sandwiches on Russian style black bread with mustard, lettuce and red onion. I served it with a viniagrette- based potato salad and then a fruit salad with a brownie. This was a nice picnic for two.

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          1. re: Terrie H.
            c oliver Apr 27, 2013 05:30 PM

            A rillette sandwich on that great bread sounds fantastic.

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            Dirtywextraolives Apr 27, 2013 03:45 PM

            Foie gras pâté
            Water crackers or Carr's rosemary ones
            Chocolate dipped strawberries
            Dom Perignon or Cristal champagne

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            1. re: Dirtywextraolives
              c oliver Apr 28, 2013 09:29 AM

              That sounds like a good snack but just pate', crackers and strawberries is a little on the light side, for me anyway :)

              1. re: c oliver
                sandylc Apr 28, 2013 10:41 AM

                I agree. I want veggies of some sort, too.

                1. re: sandylc
                  c oliver Apr 28, 2013 11:00 AM

                  And cheese!

                2. re: c oliver
                  Dirtywextraolives Apr 28, 2013 11:15 AM

                  I thought that was my ultimate picnic basket, not yours ;)

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                    c oliver Apr 28, 2013 01:45 PM

                    Agreed. But wouldn't you still be hungry :)

                    1. re: c oliver
                      Dirtywextraolives Apr 28, 2013 03:34 PM

                      Not after a bottle of champagne ;)

              2. drongo Apr 25, 2013 05:17 PM

                Cornish pasty.

                (My grandfather was a miner from Cornwall, which may explain why I think the Cornish pasty is an essential part of a meal away from home.)

                1. kattyeyes Apr 25, 2013 04:55 PM

                  Sliced Genoa, prosciuttini, prosciutto.
                  Sottocenere--Italian truffle cheese.
                  Homemade giardiniera.
                  Rosemary mini croccantini.
                  Homemade hummus.
                  Pyramid Apricot Ale & Colorado Kool-Aid.
                  Tipsy cherries.
                  Almond swirl brownies.

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                  1. re: kattyeyes
                    gingershelley Apr 29, 2013 05:54 PM

                    Nice menu. I will take that in Italy (fly in the booze I guess, like on my post:)

                    That Pyramid Apricot Ale is made in my town, SEA - love that stuff in the summer on a hot day.... ;)

                    1. re: gingershelley
                      kattyeyes Apr 29, 2013 06:49 PM

                      Love Pyramid--especially the apricot! We finally got it in CT. Agree it's perfect for a summer day! :)

                      And Italy, yes, wouldn't that be nice?!

                  2. s
                    suzigirl Apr 25, 2013 04:37 PM

                    Ice cold beer
                    Frozen grapes
                    Good cheddar cheese
                    Stinky blue cheese
                    Salami and roast beef
                    A loaf of crusty french bread

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                      Phoebe Apr 25, 2013 03:07 PM

                      George Clooney!!!

                      1. splatgirl Apr 25, 2013 08:21 AM

                        Today my menu would be
                        chilled rose
                        lox, bagel and all the fixings
                        shortbread cookies

                        Another day,
                        muffaletta sandwich
                        chocolate torte

                        sliced, drippy, ripe garden tomatoes,
                        homemade seedy sourdough
                        salt and fresh cracked pepper

                        just don't forget the hand wipes!

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                        1. re: splatgirl
                          jpc8015 Apr 25, 2013 09:32 AM

                          I like todays menu. Rose is horribly under appreciated...but I suppose that is a topic for another forum.

                          1. re: jpc8015
                            splatgirl Apr 25, 2013 01:55 PM

                            "Rose is horribly under appreciated"
                            Still healing the mark left by the horrid pink wine days of the 80's.

                            Now, if only we would achieve picnic weather here.

                            Great thread!

                            1. re: splatgirl
                              sandylc Apr 25, 2013 01:57 PM

                              "So, what do you do in Minnesota in the summer?"

                              "If it falls on a weekend, we have a picnic!"

                              1. re: sandylc
                                laliz Apr 25, 2013 03:05 PM

                                very good sandylo.

                                cold rare roast beef
                                good swiss or cheddar
                                whole grain bread

                                potato salad

                                red seedless grapes icy cold
                                Diet Coke

                                1. re: laliz
                                  kitchengardengal Apr 25, 2013 04:31 PM

                                  I would really, really like to go on your picnic, laliz.

                                2. re: sandylc
                                  splatgirl Apr 25, 2013 03:21 PM

                                  And this year if we're lucky "summer" and not snowing will coincide.

                          2. JungMann Apr 24, 2013 08:28 PM

                            I have fantasies of opening a wicker basket in Central Park to pull out a gorgeous pork pie with pastry leaves, a plate of pate, some pickled asparagus, eggplant and cornichons to nosh on, Langres cheese and a bottle of champagne to pour over the cheese right before digging in. 7 years of living next to Central Park gives a man dreams. Like finishing said meal off with a dessert of maple bacon ice cream sandwiches with red velvet cookies brought back from my apartment by a guest who was kind enough to volunteer to make the run. Dreams, all dreams...

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                            1. re: JungMann
                              kitchengardengal Apr 25, 2013 12:27 AM

                              Pickled eggplant? That sounds really good-do you have a recipe?

                              1. re: kitchengardengal
                                JungMann Apr 25, 2013 07:27 AM

                                I don't have a recipe but the picture on this page looks like the pickles I buy so perhaps they are the same.
                                As you can see, the variety of eggplant used for pickling is small and round. They are left whole when canning so they retain their firm texture, which I love, since it makes for a much heartier and utensil-free snack.

                                1. re: JungMann
                                  kitchengardengal Apr 25, 2013 04:29 PM

                                  Thanks! We end up with too many eggplants in the garden, and I'd love this. How small are they? Like olives or like eggs or in between?

                                  1. re: kitchengardengal
                                    JungMann Apr 25, 2013 05:00 PM

                                    They are a little bigger than olives, but I actually thought they were olives when I first bought them. It was a very happy surprise.

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                              sandylc Apr 24, 2013 08:26 PM

                              What is in your pea salad?

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                              1. re: sandylc
                                jpc8015 Apr 25, 2013 02:06 AM

                                My pea salad is highly variable depending on what I have on hand. Ideally it will be a bag or two of frozen peas that have been thawed, lightly coat the peas in ranch dressing (preferably Uncle Dan's), cubed ham, diced red onion, and bleu cheese crumbles.

                                When my wife makes it for a large family gathering with children she will omit the onion and replace the bleu with cubes of mild Cheddar. We have been known to use bacon instead of the ham as well.

                              2. s
                                sandylc Apr 24, 2013 08:26 PM

                                Wonderful thread. The perfect picnic is a great dream.

                                1. s
                                  sandylc Apr 24, 2013 06:24 PM

                                  Your picnic looks very fine, jpc8015. We think alike.

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                                  1. re: sandylc
                                    jpc8015 Apr 25, 2013 02:07 AM

                                    I had my first experience with a good country pate recently and I think it changed my life.

                                    1. re: jpc8015
                                      sandylc Apr 25, 2013 09:35 AM

                                      Amazing, isn't it? I make it at Christmas. Ooh, I have some in the freezer......

                                      1. re: sandylc
                                        jpc8015 Apr 25, 2013 09:46 AM

                                        Oh my God...you can freeze it? This is going to be a problem.

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                                    sandylc Apr 24, 2013 06:23 PM


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                                      tastesgoodwhatisit Apr 24, 2013 06:17 PM

                                      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.

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                                      1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit
                                        c oliver Apr 25, 2013 05:29 PM

                                        How about a Caesar salad done with whole Romaine spears so no silverware is needed. Fingerfood.

                                      2. k
                                        kitchengardengal Apr 24, 2013 03:58 PM

                                        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

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                                          foodieX2 Apr 20, 2013 09:23 AM

                                          Great topic!

                                          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.

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                                          1. re: foodieX2
                                            jpc8015 Apr 21, 2013 06:10 AM

                                            You Spring picnic sounds great. The other two are not bad either.

                                            1. re: foodieX2
                                              melpy Apr 24, 2013 02:03 PM

                                              I love the sound of these seasonal picnics!

                                              1. re: foodieX2
                                                juliejulez Apr 24, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                Your spring party would be mine for pretty much anytime, only I'd like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies instead of the plain chocolate :)

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                                                  foodieX2 Apr 24, 2013 05:35 PM


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                                                  Dirtywextraolives Apr 27, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                  Your summer picnic is what we bring to the beach on the Fourth of July before the fireworks show :)

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                                                  Harters Apr 20, 2013 02:59 AM

                                                  pork pie
                                                  hard boiled egg
                                                  pickled onion

                                                  Give me those and I have no need of more.

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                                                  1. re: Harters
                                                    jpc8015 Apr 20, 2013 03:09 AM

                                                    Please elaborate on pork pie.

                                                    1. re: jpc8015
                                                      Harters Apr 20, 2013 03:53 AM

                                                      Preferably a Melton Mowbray one.

                                                      1. re: Harters
                                                        JungMann Apr 24, 2013 08:17 PM

                                                        Melton Mowbray or a chicken and leek pie are what I aspire to make before every picnic and it still hasn't happened. Perfect food.

                                                        1. re: JungMann
                                                          Harters Apr 27, 2013 08:58 AM

                                                          My partner is the baker of the twosome - made a hot water pastry pork pie the other week. It was very good. Not as good as a Melton Mowbray but then they are professionals.

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                                                    Jerseygirl111 Apr 19, 2013 11:16 PM

                                                    Cold fried chicken
                                                    Lobster salad
                                                    Pasta salad
                                                    Cole slaw
                                                    Iced tea
                                                    Chocolate chip cookies
                                                    Blueberry pie

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                                                    1. re: Jerseygirl111
                                                      jpc8015 Apr 20, 2013 12:35 AM

                                                      I do love a good pasta salad too.

                                                      1. re: Jerseygirl111
                                                        sandylc Apr 24, 2013 06:25 PM

                                                        Ooh, blueberry pie! I have to make one now.

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