Saturday, May 17, 2008

{ the perfect summer picnic }

Happy Victoria Day Weekend!

Since it's "boiling hot" here today I've been thinking a lot about summer! For the last hour or so I've been going through my recipes and remembering fun summer picnics from years past. I was wondering, what would your idea of a perfect summer picnic be? Do you have some favorite picnic recipes that you go back to again and again? Here's the picnic menu that I plan to make in the next little while...

Pasta, Pesto and Peas by Ina Garten - I have made this salad several times and we just love it!

Pork Satay by my sister-in-law, Judy - We've had this a few times, too, and it's soooo good!

1.5 lbs pork tenderloin
1/4 cup butter
1 tbsp lemon juice
.5 tsp tabasco
3 tbsp grated onion
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp coriander
1/4 tsp ginger
1 clove crushed garlic
.5 cup kikoman teriyaki sauce

Cut pork into 3/4" cubes, place in shallow dish. Melt butter in pand and add remaining ingredients, plus salt & pepper. Bring to a boil ande simmer for 5 minutes. Pour over meat, cover and leave in fridge overnight. Remove meat from marinade and place on skewers. Grill on bbq for 15 min. Reheat marinate and baste while on bbq.

Vegetable Topped Flatbread by my sister-in-law, Judy - The kids absolutely *love* this (and so do I). So, I've made it many times.

1 large italian style flatbread
125 g. cream cheese
1/4 cup mayo
2 1/4 tsp. hidden valley ranch salad dressing mix
.5 cup finely chopped cauliflower
.5 cup finely chopped broccoli
.5 cup finely chopped red pepper
.5 cup finely chopped tomato
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion.

Bake flatbread according to pkg directions and let cool. Beat together cream cheese, mayo & dressing mix. Spread over flatbread. Combine vegetables in a bowl then spoon over flat bread. Cut into wedges.

Lemon Pineapple Squares by Anna Olsen - I just saw this recipe on "Sugar" the other day while I was folding laundry and thought it would be a perfect end to a picnic supper. I can't wait to make them!

There are a few ingredients that really make the picnic other than great food... good friends, an old quilt (for the table cloth), a picnic table with no poop on it, a lake or river nearby, no wasps, and, of course, an ice cold diet lime coke.

I hope you enjoy your weekend!


  1. mmm, that flatbread sounds super yummy!

  2. nothing like a new batch of recipes....this weekend feels like August...perfect picnic weather!
    thanks Cindy