Cook While You Spin : A Picnic Basket of Goodies

by Terri Peña

Whether you live in a part of the world where everyday is warm and sunny, or where a lone sunny day provides a special kind of joy, a picnic is the best way to celebrate.

Time seems to slow when eating a meal outdoors, pulling food and drinks from a cooler, watching the kids play and the grown ups relax.

Picnics began in the Middle Ages as a break during a long day of hunting. The Victorian Era saw picnics become a common activity, and many writers of that time included picnic scenes in their books and letters. Often picnics joined many people together with each person bringing something to eat and drink with no set host for the event. Today a picnic can be a spontaneous meeting of two people or an elaborate party taking months to prepare. The only requirements are the great outdoors and something to eat.

Here is a meal with a little something for everyone, that travels well, with little clean up.

Don’t forget to pack your knitting.

RECIPES

Cobb Salad

Brown Derby Dressing

Watermelon Agua Fresco

Summer Fruit Salad in Sugar Cones

Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries and Pistachios

Photos ©  Terri Peña.