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baseball picnic ideas

Hey folks, I'm heading to a baseball game and am putting together a laptop picnic we can enjoy while watching the game. Right now I'm thinking:

great bread (local bakery)
roasted garlic
baked olives with citrus rind
liver pate (we both love this)
gherkins
gooey cheese
cherry tomatoes
aged gouda? (he's Dutch and loves his gouda (so do I), but is the flavor maybe too deep with the pate?)
he and I also both love blue cheese

I want to stay away from anything that requires a fork or spoon, though (clearly) I'm ok with knives/spreaders.

I'm thinking we could use something besides the cherry tomatoes to brighten things up. What do you think?

Very interested in your ideas! Thanks!!!

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  1. Sounds like you need some acidic things. Pickled vegetables would be a good addition. Red onions, beets, radishes, shallots etc.

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    1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

      Eat, I totally agree! I am a little nervous about pickling ever since I made some really nasty pickled red onions. Do you have suggestions of things I could make on Thursday that would be ready to eat on Friday? Thanks!!

      1. re: miss louella

        I've recently been using these recipes:
        http://www.chefsteps.com/activities/p...
        http://www.chefsteps.com/activities/p...
        I use the onion recipe for radishes. I like chioggia beets especially.

        I do them instantly in a chamber sealer but I think that they would be pretty tasty after sitting in the fridge overnight as well.

        The first pickled thing I made was red onions and they were garbage, didn't try any more for a few weeks after that incident.

        1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

          Such a relief to hear about someone else trashing pickled onions. They seemed sooo easy I couldn't believe they were so nasty. Thanks for the recipe tips--I think beets are in our future... though I may have some radishes ready to pull--if so, maybe those too.

          Thanks again!!!

          Also, I'm thinking of bringing some lettuce leaves (not sure --I'll have to buy them after playing in the big city before game time). But do you think it would be weird to use lettuce leaves as a fresher (additional) holder of goodness?

          1. re: miss louella

            I've been really loving pickled radishes lately, the texture is almost like pickled ginger, I serve it will all kinds of things.

            Maybe add some kind of cured meats too, whatever you can find locally.

            I'd personally skip the lettuce, it will probably get wilted before the game. Also, I'm a carb fiend, I'll eat a whole baguette in a sitting if nobody takes it away.

            1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

              Cured meats! Great idea!! I'll have to pre-slice since I can't bring in sharp knives, but that's totally do-able.

              I'm with you on the bread. And v happy to skip the lettuce since I'd only add it for its lightness--not any kind of delight. Yeah, it would wilt, ***that's*** why I didn't bring any! :-)

    2. This isnot a stadium game so they let food in?
      They let in alcohol? Mini bottles of cab?

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      1. re: divadmas

        It is a stadium game but they let in food but not drink. (I don't know why.) Though I would *love* to bring in our own wine. Not gonna happen, sadly. Even so, I'm very very glad they allow food; I'm a baseball fan but one who's happier with non-stadium noshing.

        1. re: miss louella

          I love ballpark food, but that is cool they let you bring food in. I don't think I have ever been to a stadium like that!

          1. re: LaLa

            Most stadiums let you bring food in, just not (unsealed or large) beverages.

            What stadium are you going to? As someone who frequently brings food to games, I fear you are being a little ambitious. The seats are usually not that big, and unless it's empty you'll have neighbors on all sides. If it's a high-school game or cape code league where you can spread out, it one's thing, but you may have a hard time in a stadium.

            Better to take all those items on your list and pre-make sandwiches. Maybe bring some peanuts or cookies, but beyond that you may be setting yourself up for hard time.

      2. Fruit. Grapes would be easy or berries. I'd rather have apples but that might be tricky depending on how long between packing/slicing and eating. And cured meats, as recommended but then again, I'd probably concentrate more on a good charcuterie.

        1. Smoked salmon

          Also might be nice to get some traditional baseball fare like popcorn (maybe cracker jacks) and in shell peanuts to munch on.

          Don’t forget the wet ones or some type of hand wipes!

          1. if it's a very warm day, gooey cheese is going to be VERY runny, so you may want to focus on harder varieties, like the aged gouda -- comte, double gloucester, valencay, tommes.

            a few pieces of other cured meat would be great, depending on how good the charcuterie is in your area.

            agree with others about something pickled. quick pickled carrots or green beans would be nice, as would some spiced nuts for crunch.

            add in some seedless grapes or cubes of melon if you can find any that are decent as a fresh last course.