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Old 04-01-2009, 11:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We're going to be doing a lot of local things this spring and summer. Some trips are by car and we'd like to take food along. I'm getting kind of sick of just sandwiches or bean salads.

Tell me your favorite picnic dishes!
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We love to picnic, and some of our favorites include:

pitas stuffed with chicken salad, egg salad, or veggies and lunch meats and cheese

cold crispy ''fried'' baked chicken (like homemade shake and bake ) with potato salad and fruit.

I like to take a garlic bread loaf, stick our favorite sandwich toppings on and cut it into slices when we eat. The garlic butter makes it extra yummy!

This salad looks yummy, and I'm going to try it next picnic we go on:

3 cups orange juice
1 cup couscous
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 plums, pitted and diced
2 cans Mandarin orange segments, drained
1 pear, cored and diced
1 cup strawberries, diced
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
(or 1 tsp. dried mint)


In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of orange juice to a boil. Stir in the couscous, cover and remove from heat. Let stand approx. 5 min. (until all liquid is absorbed). Place into a serving bowl (or plastic bowl with fitted lid for transporting to your picnic site).
Bring remaining 1 cup of orange juice, ginger and cinnamon to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 min. until liquid is reduced to approx. 1/2 cup. Let cool.
Combine the sliced fruit with fresh mint. Stir the fruit into the couscous. Pour the cooled reduced juice over the mixture and toss to combine well.

I am not crunchy enough for this forum. Everyday I get a little crunchier though! :
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Buttermilk-batter fried chicken, as near as I can come to my grandmother's potato salad, cob corn, a raw veggie plate, and pineapple upside down cake. Picnic fare is a big nostalgia-fest for me.

Orrrr, a big sandwich. Make or buy one of those big round sourdough loaves, cut it in half and partly hollow it out, brush each side with a vinagrette, coat one side with roasted garlic spread, and layer in thinly sliced cheeses, tomatoes, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, fresh basil leaves, lettuces and/or baby spinach, sliced olives, grilled eggplant slices, sauteed mushrooms and onions, hummus ..... basically a wide variety of whatever you happen to like. Wrap it up with plastic wrap to compress it, unwrap it whenever you reach your picnicing destination, and (carefully) cut it into wedges. I LOVE a big sandwich.
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Does anyone have any interesting wrap recipes? I think tortilla wraps would be easy & portable.

What about picnic-y salad recipes?

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I just made an awesome potato salad with yukon gold potatoes and sweet potatoes. So yummy!

I usually do potato salad, or a pasta salad with seafood. :

I also love fruit salad!

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I often make a marinated salad, the basics are
1 can or jar of roasted red peppers
1 can or jar of olives (I usually use black)
1 can or jar of marinated artichokes
1 can of beans

mix and add oil and vinegar and spices or just use bottled dressing, keeps great and travels well.

I also add, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted eggplant or roasted zucchini, finely diced onion. It is really versatile. I usually make it more plain in the winter and more veggies in the summer.
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(I don't make this myself- I buy it from the store).

Our favorites are:

dolmas
hummus and pita chips
pasta salad
fresh berries or oranges
veggies - usually baby carrots or sugar snap peas
nuts - usually almonds or cashews
dessert - brownies or cookies
juice or water

My vegetarian husband loves all of this and so do my kids.
We've also been known to eat this "picnic style" in our backyard in addition to parks and outdoor concerts.

We've also been known to pick up sandwiches from Subway for picnics...

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