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Aug 1, 2014 10:36 PM

What would be in your perfect picnic basket?

Just for fun (and maybe for ideas, as I've never been on a fun picnic) – If price and availability were unlimited (as in, you could include that croissant you had in Paris or discontinued 3D Doritos or homemade dishes from relatives who are no longer around), what would you put into your perfect picnic basket, just for yourself or to share with someone you love?

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  1. Water crackers, brie, smoked Columbia River white sturgeon, and a bottle of vino verde.

    1. Really good bread. A chunk of oka cheese, a chunk of limburger, and some sliced Bruce Packer's summer sausage. A bit of cream cheese, and my dad's homemade smoked salmon. Sliced onion for the limburger. Some spiced olives, pickled onions, pickled peperoncinos, dilled green beans. A tomato salad made with perfectly ripe local tomatoes. Some fresh, local fruit - maybe peaches, or cherries. A bottle or two of a nice, moderately hoppy beer, and some black cherry soda water for rehydration.

      And, to make it perfect, a large bag of chili-lime Spitz sunflower seeds, some more beer, a good book, and a picnic blanket for afterwards.

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      1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

        I miss Oka. I can only get it when we go "home". Plattsburgh, NY, 45 mins south of Montreal.

      2. An assortment of tuna salad sandwiches and chicken salad on rye, tortilla chips and garlic dip, chocolate chip cookies, and iced tea.

        We have a great picnic basket that came with white plastic plates, mugs and flatware, all strapped in to the red and white checkered lining. It's convenient and cute.

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        1. re: kitchengardengal

          I have the exact same picnic basket! Two or three types of cheese, wine, a baguette and maybe a bottle of water or some cut up fruit.

        2. A few years ago, went to Wolf Trap with sister and bil to WATCH the rehearsal of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" RADIO show... around Memorial Day weekend)!?! The "good" seats (under cover) disappeared before sister could buy them. We had lawn seats on the hill (very nice weather, so didn't matter. We packed this neat, collapsible cooker (on wheels) full of goodies that could be eaten room temp or cold. You could bring beer/wine (good seats not even allowed to have drinks under cover)... demographic was such that no fear of any ROWDY behavior!?! She made a few variations each on chicken/beef skewers... meat on sticks... with dipping sauces... double dipping ALLOWED. We had a pasta salad, watermelon/cantaloupe chunks. We spread our blankets and enjoyed the show. Only down side was 2 hours sitting my bony butt down on relatively hard ground!?!

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          1. re: kseiverd

            "[D]emographic was such that no fear of any ROWDY behavior!"

            Unless you're bothered by the oft-repeated chorus of "WHAT d'he say?"

            1. re: kseiverd

              I always make a special effort when packing a picnic for Wolftrap. In fact, I make what I call "Wolftrap Pasta Salad".
              Long story, but it's basically angel hair pasta, evoo, lemon juice and zest, fresh basil and tomato.
              It just isn't summer without making it and enjoying it at Wolftrap.

            2. Bien Cuit baguette & Kerrygold butter, sweet sopresatta, prosciutto di Parma, imported provolone, fig mostarda, roast Cornish hen, barley salad in an orange vinaigrette, green bean salad, Georgia peaches, my Mom's Pound Cake. Chilled white Valpolicella.

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              1. re: mcsheridan

                Excuse me, could I please picnic beside you? And maybe ask for a bite?

                1. re: FeeFee34

                  Okay, make that two Cornish hens. (I wasn't going to eat that theoretical Cornish hen all by myself; you need at least one for every two people on a picnic with all *this* food, but only one per person for dinner.)