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The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket by Marnie Hanel and Andrea Slonecker and Jen Stevenson

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  • Cannellini greenie crostini

    • Rutabaga on August 14, 2016

      I set about making this only to discover that I had no cannellini beans on hand, so ended up substituting chickpeas. This made the the spread into more of a non-traditional hummus, which was actually a refreshing change of pace from the usual. Next time, I hope to try it as written with cannellini.

  • Smoked salmon tartare on cucumber rounds

    • Rutabaga on January 01, 2017

      Topping cucumber rounds with a refreshing, Asian influenced salmon salad is a welcome break from all the cheese and bread that tends to populate party buffets. One thing that puzzled me was that the recipe did not specify hot or cold smoked salmon, but I think this treat would work with either. I used hot smoked, which was quite tasty, although it probably makes it less of a "tartare".

  • Shallot shake-up vinaigrette

    • Rutabaga on April 22, 2016

      I used this dressing on a spinach, chicken, and red pepper salad, adding some chopped fresh tarragon to the dressing as well. The flavor combination was perfect, definitely one I would use again with almost any tossed salad. The tarragon was a great addition when paired with chicken.

  • Cobb on a stick

    • meggan on July 31, 2017

      Big hit at a birthday party for 3 year olds.

  • Grilled broccolini

    • Rutabaga on February 15, 2017

      This makes a satisfying veggie sandwich, although I admit in my version I added a couple of strips of turkey bacon. Instead of grilling the broccolini, I blanched and then sautéed it at high heat to give it a nice sear. Rather than make homemade aioli, I added crushed garlic, lemon juice, pepper, and Tuscan olive oil to jarred mayonnaise - not bad! I can definitely see this being a good picnic option come summer.

  • Coronation chicken

    • Rutabaga on April 20, 2016

      We ate this as a sandwich topping for baguettes - on a picnic, no less. I really like using half mayo and half yogurt, which gives the chicken salad a fresher taste. Unfortunately, we left out the mango since no good ones were available, but I can imagine the sweet, silky mango fruit would really round out the flavors and textures. For an easy after-work picnic, I made the chicken salad the night before using a rotisserie chicken from Costco, and packed the cashews and coconut separately to keep them crisp before putting the sandwiches together at the picnic site.

  • Blue ribbon tomato pie

    • Rutabaga on June 26, 2016

      My husband loved this pie, this despite the fact that my tomatoes were quite juicy, so the pie didn't set well. But it was very tasty, and the crust was tender with a slight tang from the buttermilk, a good foil for the rich pimento cheese. I cooked mine for only half and hour, but might try 40 minutes next time to further brown the cheese topping. Update: I made this again with firmer tomatoes, and baked it for 40 minutes. This was just about perfect, and the pie slices held their shape pretty well.

  • Spicy salted olive oil brownies

    • TippyCanoe on July 09, 2018

      Absolutely delicious! I doubled this recipe because I am in Spain, and I only have a larger pan in my rental cupboard. It worked perfectly and the brownies were a huge hit. I think that this will replace my regular brownie recipe in the future. (Warning: the combination of cocoa and espresso does pack a powerful caffeine punch, especially if your kids go crazy and eat several squares.) I bought the kindle version of this book on a whim when I saw it listed as a sale book on the EYB website, and I can't believe how much I enjoy it. Great ideas on every page.

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  • Joy of Cooking

    The book is absolutely gorgeous. It is beautifully illustrated...definitely beautiful enough to be a lovely gift for someone, and it's not going to look dated in 5 years.

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  • ISBN 10 1579656080
  • ISBN 13 9781579656089
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  • Published Apr 07 2015
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 192
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Artisan

Publishers Text

A picnic is a great escape from our day-to-day and a chance to turn a meal into something more festive and memorable. The Picnic shares everything you need to plan an effortless outdoor get-together: no-fail recipes, helpful checklists, and expert advice. With variations on everyone’s favorite deviled eggs, 99 uses for a Mason jar (think cocktail shaker, firefly catcher, or cookie jar), rules for scoring lawn games, and refreshing drinks to mix up in crowd-friendly batches, let The Picnic take the stress out of your next party and leave only the fun.

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