Picnic? — Why Not!
Marty Martindale

 “A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread–and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness–
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!”
—  The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Thanks Edward Fitzgerald, but probably not today.

Not all the great picnics are a romantic twosome, a couple of bikes, a wicker basket, a bottle of choice wine, a crispy French baguette and a generous wedge of reserve Camembert. Fortunately, or unfortunately, live moves on, and there’s picnic reality, another time in your life which lasts a whole lot longer, and it can be great, as well.

So, what is really between you and your next picnic? Probably the back patio grill has done more to hurt the popularity of packing up and having a spectacular picnic. However, it gets you no change of scenery, which these days, can be golden. It also encourages rare conversations and an absence of distractions, if everyone agrees.

Some picnics are prepared by the person who originally plans it, but more often invited people insist on bringing random or specific dishes.

Popular American picnic basket foods are:

Deviled eggs
Fried chicken
Hot dogs
Pickles and olives
Potato salad

If your picnic area has a grill, almost any home-style meal can be served.

Here’s some additional picnic recipe suggestions:

Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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