Also not about art.

I feel like talking about food some more, and YOU CAN’T STOP ME. (Please don’t try. Grace is getting tooth #2 and it’s a toss-up which of us is more miserable.)

We are planning a family picnic. We’re always saying we should bring one to Vasquez Rocks but we never do because we don’t know what to pack. The last time we packed a picnic was in 2009 when we went to Will Rogers State Park, and it consisted of bread and cheese and fruit that we bought at TJ’s. Which was DELICIOUS but I want something more meal-like.

So far I’ve come up with:

  • hard-boiled eggs
  • fried chicken

Which leaves plenty of room for “Which came first?” jokes.

What are YOUR favorite picnic foods? I need ideas for veggies and salads and stuff. And DESSERT! So basically everything. But I’ve got protein covered! (Though you can leave more ideas for that, too.)

17 thoughts on “Also not about art.

  1. Ewokmama

    September 15, 2010 at 4:43pm

    PBJ sandwiches
    Apples
    Box of raisins or other dried fruit
    Nuts
    pasta salad (can put bell pepper, olives, etc. in it)
    potato salad
    .-= Ewokmama´s last post ..Unexpected Honeymoon Happenings =-.

  2. Katherine

    September 15, 2010 at 4:54pm

    We did a fair bit of picnicking when I was growing up, it always consisted of grapes, watermelon (whole or pre-cut), cheese sandwiches, pickles, cucumber or watercress sandwiches, and for dessert: M&Ms!

    We also had apple juice or kool-aid to drink, too.
    .-= Katherine´s last post ..Indian Food =-.

  3. B

    September 15, 2010 at 5:02pm

    broccoli slaw (made with vinaigrette, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries – yum)

    baguette and tapenade

    dessert is always brownies.

    oh and have lemonade cuz it’s just like, you have to have lemonade don’t you?
    .-= B´s last post ..Ceilings are apparently Evil =-.

  4. Amy

    September 15, 2010 at 6:08pm

    You know what? I don’t think we have had a proper picnic with Nola. Lots of eating at the park but nothing that could truly be considered a picnic.

    Mine would have some version of pasta salad because that is a Bug favorite. And I’ve been liking chickpea salad lately so maybe something like that too with some yogurt and pita.

  5. georgia

    September 15, 2010 at 10:34pm

    chocolate chip cookies and grapes. oooh, and a macaroni salad. my FIL makes a great macaroni salad with hard boiled eggs and green olives in it. and you’d better pack some grated carrots!

  6. Anne-Marie

    September 16, 2010 at 4:22am

    I take celery, cucumber and spring onion sticks and homous and tatziki to dip them in. I also take a tub of olives and stuffed tomatoes and some nice bread. And a blanket
    .-= Anne-Marie´s last post ..On Reflection =-.

  7. Kim

    September 16, 2010 at 6:02am

    Nom – picnic!!!

    It’s a bit of fuss, but SO GOOD:
    Get a big round tasty bread (I heart potato bread, but anything crusty would do).
    Roast a bunch of veggies (peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, sweet onions, whatever turns your crank).
    Slice the top off the bread and hollow out the inside.
    Layer the veggies inside (you could add cheese (goat, cream, provolone), olives, whatever you want).
    Put the top back on. Put the whole thing in the fridge and weight the top to squish it all down (overnight should do it).

    When you eat it at the picnic, cut it into delicious wedges and mow down!

    Frozen drinking boxes make excellent freezer packs. Also, a nice box o’ wine for the adults makes everything go smoother!

    A new potato salad with vinagrette rather than mayo is nummy. (Boil potatoes; cut in half and add olive oil and balsamic while they’re still warm. Chives are a nice touch).

    Tomato-bread salad (a good thing to do with the bread you hollowed out of the sandwich thing above). Cut up tomatoes (so good this time of year). Add pieces of bread, salt, pepper, fresh basil, olive oil, balsamic, bocconcini if you feel like it. Mix it all in. The bread will absorb all the juices from the tomatoes and the dressing and it will be SO GOOD.

    You could go all frou-frou and do cucumber-cream cheese sammiches with the crusts cut off. Or little pinwheels. But these are fussy.

    We made a tasty pasta salad once with roast corn (actually dry pan fried) and cherry tomatoes.

    I’d probably just bring watermelon for dessert. You can spit the seeds!

    I love picnics so much. Have fun!!! And tell us all about it.

  8. Jessica

    September 16, 2010 at 6:30am

    When I was growing up, picnics generally consisted of fried chicken, potato salad, fruit salad or watermelon, and cut up vegetables. And lemonade. Always lemonade.

    Dammit. I had planned on taking C for a picnic this summer and never did it. Guess I know what we’re doing this weekend!
    .-= Jessica´s last post ..Sassy =-.

  9. Sara R.

    September 16, 2010 at 11:15am

    pasta salad, pita & hummus, anything from Mark Bittman’s list of 101 Summer Salads–http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/dining/22mlist.html
    .-= Sara R.´s last post ..Moment of Awww =-.

  10. Emily

    September 16, 2010 at 3:27pm

    Jello, watermelon, and lemonade! If it’s not too last minute, I’d suggest figuring out how to make layered jello. It’ll be a huge hit.

  11. Nana

    September 16, 2010 at 5:47pm

    Correction to heading: Food as Art

  12. Holly

    September 16, 2010 at 6:43pm

    Potato salad. Homemade.

  13. Lucretia

    September 17, 2010 at 10:14am

    I have favourite picnic stuff that my mum used to make us when we were small, and favourite stuff that I like now. Mum picnics used to contain floury cheese, and ham rolls and Kit Kats. Yay! Last time she took us for a picnic she made spicy marinated prawn skewers. Times have changed!

    My nana used to make THE BEST picnics and take EVERYTHING with her, just in case we all, like, starved to death. Nowadays I’d take antipasti but no mortadella as I hate it, baguettes and salted butter, awesome cheese, pasta salad, cheese straws and caramel shortcake. I’m sure there are loads of other things but I can’t think right now and damn I’m hungry ….

  14. Lucretia

    September 17, 2010 at 10:21am

    Smoked salmon, white wine, tortilla (with egg and potatoes).

  15. Rachel

    September 17, 2010 at 4:47pm

    Cornflake oven fried chicken, veggies and dip, bread and cheese, sliced fruit, and chocolate glazed angel food cake.

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