What says summer more than a picnic?
I still haven’t made an official summer to do list, though I keep thinking I should. If I do however, “have a picnic” will definitely be on it. At the very least, we should start eating dinner on our deck. Reading all of these picnic ideas has really got me excited about outdoor eating.
Eatocracy has a neat post about the origins of our favorite picnic foods, including burgers, corn on the cob and watermelon. (hint: most of them aren’t American!)
Serious Eats has a whole Summer Entertaining section on their site, including grilling, drinks, sweets, summer salads and utensil-free options.
Need to know the basics? Eatocracy has information on how to grill corn, make perfect lemonade and 5 grilling mistakes-and how to fix them.
One of my favorite picnic foods is pasta salad. Granted, one of my favorite foods is pasta, period, but it’s especially good at picnics. For some new ideas, check out these summer salads on Everybody Likes Sandwiches.
There’s not a vegetarian item in the slide show, but these make-and-take picnic meals on Chow look mighty tasty. Chow also hosted a competition for the best picnic side recipe. The winner? Warm Fingerling Potato Salad, which sounds really satisfying to me. (It’s possible I have a carb obsession. Sorry I’m not sorry.)
The decorations matter too! Thank goodness Martha Stewart has 60 super-cute outdoor party ideas. Now I want to have a picnic-party. Too bad I don’t have a yard!