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Apr 19, 2013 10:36 PM

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
Pea Salad
Fresh Strawberries
Bottle of light bodied red wine

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

    2 Replies
      1. re: Jerseygirl111

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

      2. Bread
        pork pie
        hard boiled egg
        pickled onion

        Give me those and I have no need of more.

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          1. re: jpc8015

            Preferably a Melton Mowbray one.

            1. re: Harters

              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

                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.

        1. 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

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

            1. re: foodieX2

              I love the sound of these seasonal picnics!

              1. re: foodieX2

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

                1. re: foodieX2

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

                2. 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

                  1. 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

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