Two items on the agenda today! Well, three if you count the salad.
In fact, I can cover the salad ground briefly right now: it’s fresh, it’s seasonal, it’s healthy, it’s vegan, it’s crunchy and avocado-creamy, and it’s delicious. It’s also completely self-explanatory, which allows me to talk about something else with you today. Selfish, I know, but sometimes these things can speak for themselves… Everyone knows that celery is especially eloquent.
Anyway, I was reading this lovely post by my friend Sara the other day, and it reminded me of something I thought of a while back and keep meaning to discuss.
Posted in Healthy (?), Picnic food, Salad, Sides, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian
Tagged avocado, celery, cilantro, cumin, pepitas, radishes, salad, spices, toasted cumin, vegan, vegetarian
I won’t talk about the weather because, my goodness. Zzzzz, right?
All I know is, I’m still eating perfect peaches. I’m still wearing shorts, a lot. I’m still picnicking, barbecueing, and summer hiking.
In my experience, picnics tend to be marathon eating sessions. They tend to be informal and leisurely: people come and go, and, well, no one should eat alone, right?
We’re gonna need sturdy food–something that still looks and tastes good a few hours later.
Pressed sandwiches are picnic-perfect. I make them the night before (so there’s plenty of time to mix up a pitcher of sangria in the morning!). Everything gets smooshed together between sturdy bread that soaks up just enough moisture and flavor. They’re relatively easy to slice into neat squares, perfectly showcasing a terrine-like interior. Cute, dare I say?
Probably not cute: eating for four hours straight. Cute can be so overrated.
Posted in Appetizer, Main courses, Picnic food, Spring, Summer
Tagged Bread, cheese, Fruit, jam, mustard, nectarines, picnic, preserves, sandwiches, sweet and savory
Things that have gone through my brain today:
-I can’t believe Insane Clown Posse have a spokeswoman (my only takeaway from that article).
-Moreover, I think I kind of want that job?
-Furthermore, no, I don’t.
-If I made it to 26 without getting a tattoo, it’s probably not meant to be. GOODBYE WAYWARD YOUTH.
-My lunch is really delicious.
Posted in Main courses, Picnic food, Salad, Sides, Summer
Tagged bacon, cantaloupe, cheese, couscous, melon, mint, pancetta, pasta, ricotta salata
Summer is not the potato’s time to shine. In the winter, it’s a comforting, starchy staple–but in the summertime, it gets to become fries, or it gets to go into gloppy potato salads to get schlepped along to barbecues and picnics. Fries are never a bad thing. But potato salads… Most of them remind me of glue, which I do not want to eat. Anymore. (HAHAHA, joking.)
This is yet another Moosewood recipe. Elevated potato salad, with lots of flavor, bright vegetables, herbs and yogurt. Pretty much any vegetable or herb you have on hand gets to come out and play.
Posted in Healthy (?), Picnic food, Salad, Sides, Summer, Vegetarian
Tagged carrots, cucumbers, eggs, green onion, herbs, peas, picnic side, potato salad, potatoes, red peppers
I took these to a picnic without feeling like I need to explain myself, and that is why my friends are oh-so-awesome. If I didn’t have such cool, adventurous friends, I probably would have chickened out at the last minute and bought chocolate chip cookies from a store, or stammered something about running out of cream cheese and all I had was goat cheese and I know it’s weird but, and… Sigh. But! I didn’t have to, and these babies were gone pretty quickly.
Goat cheese. Chocolate. Together.
These are on the fudgy side of brownie business. They are also on the awesome, perhaps unexpected but definitely delicious, side of brownie business. Goat cheese belongs in everything, including dessert.
That said, you can substitute all of the goat cheese for cream cheese. But, man… You’d be missing out, and nobody wants that.
It wasn’t until I sat down to write this post that I realized I should have taken a photo of myself laughing alone with this salad. ”I am so empowered and STOKED! Salad will freeeeee meeeeeee.” Hilarious.
Really, though. This is a delicious salad. The strawberries are sweet. The spinach is wholesome. The almonds are crunchy. The dressing is incredibly well-rounded and full of unexpected, more-complex-than-the-usual flavor.
Just, for the love of gosh… Let’s eat other things, too. Do you feel me, or what?