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Oct 13, 2013 09:00 AM

What's Your Favorite Picnic Food?

As my family and I pack up the chow this morning for a local event, I'm wondering about favorite picnic foods for cool weather. We're bringing potato salad, chicken sandwiches, fruits, yogurt, etc.

Anything more creative?

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  1. Homemade cold fried chicken. Done right, the crust does not fall off.

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      Karaage, Japanese fried chicken, is damn good stuff. Squeeze a bit of lemon on top, and/or add garlic to the batter.

      Good call.

      I'd also dig grapes (no cleanup necessary), Carr's water crackers and brie.

    2. I agree with Indianriverfl on the cold fried chicken. The picnic foods of my childhood often include that, deviled eggs, and cucumber sandwiches. I am also fond of hard salami sandwiches on crusty baguette with a semi soft cheese and Stone ground mustard, Pommery if I am lucky.

      1. We just recently had a cool weather picnic and were very happy with smoked trout, marinated roasted vegetables and a thermos of potato soup. Apples and cheese for dessert.

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        1. re: cayjohan

          I'm always on the look-out for smoked trout. Do you buy it canned or are you able to get it fresh. I live inland CA and can't find it canned and only once in awhile fresh on an ocean pier.

          1. re: Gail

            I suppose I should have said lake trout. I get mine from a couple of places along Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota. One is Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth, MN ( ); the other is Russ Kendall's Smokehaus in Knife River north of Duluth. Great (!!!) fish at both places. Both ship. Russ Kendall's doesn't have a website, but here's a photo from their Facebook page.

            1. re: Gail

              trader joe's has smoked trout in a can. it also has the whole split smoked trout near the smoked salmon.
              whole foods has smoked trout in their refrigerated case near the fish area.

              1. re: alkapal

                Thank you so much! I'll check Joe's. Last time I checked WF, they didn't have it. Perhaps, they were just out.
                I had a most delicious salad at Bouchon (Yountville, CA) with smoked trout, greens and pieces of potato with a citrus/oil dressing. Been looking for smoked trout ever since.

          2. I'm in the fried chicken camp too...growing up, my mom made it along with sandwiches, potato salad, macaroni salad w/tuna fish in it (I love this) some sort of fruit salad and sometimes deviled eggs.

            1. We just had a "picnic" on our new screen porch last week with friends: some country pate, a couple of wedges of strong cheese, crusty bread, a selection of olives and and a caramelized ginger and pear tart.

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              1. re: foodieX2

                Great menu! I love country pates for fall picnics. We took at on one outing where we were able to bring some baked potatoes fresh out the the oven. The potatoes, smeared with mustard and topped with slabs of pate were great eaten out of hand like an open-faced sandwich. Cornichons to go with.