weekend picnic inspiration

September 3, 2010


If you’re in need of some stay-at-home inspiration this Labor Day weekend then look no further!

For those lucky souls hitting the road for the holiday, check out the country’s most scenic farmers’ markets. Send us a postcard, won’t you?

Inevitably many of us will be staying close to home this long weekend and making the most of our home turf. Holidays at home don’t have to be boring though! No sirree. It’s pretty much the perfect time of year for a picnic, so grab a blanket and pack your basket.

First things first: you don’t need to go far! My ideal picnic spot would be a quiet patch by a lake or on the banks of the Mississippi. The local park would be ace too. So would my back yard, now that I come to think about it…

And, food?! I hear you cry? What about food, woman?! Well.

You’ll probably want to pack some garlic pita chips to snack on. Mmm, crunchy, garlicky goodness.

And then you’ll obviously need some hummus for dippage.

We can’t subsist on snacks alone though, can we? Oh no. You should probably put all those fresh, end-of-summer tomatoes to good use and make a big old bowl of pasta with cherry tomatoes and arugula. It’s just as delicious cold as it is warm and it travels well!

Not in the mood for pasta? Gosh. Picky, picky. Okay. What about lemon grain salad with asparagus, almonds and goat cheese? With some crusty bread on the side? You remembered the wine, didn’t you? Don’t forget the wine!

And if you aren’t feeling either of those options, how about just packing a baguette and some good cheese (don’t forget a good knife!) plus some olives for good measure. That is perfection on a stick to me.

Dessert! Don’t think I lost my mind and forgot dessert. I would never do that. For a picnic’s purpose, cookies are your friend. May I humbly suggest that you make some thick and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies? Or some fresh ginger cookies. I really think you’ll be happy you did.

Don’t forget a blanket, the crossword, a good book, and some great company. Annnnd you’re good to go!

Happy picnicking!

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