Eat Local Challenge #17

Easy Breezy Picnic

It’s time for a picnic.

For those of us still in weekend mode, a picnic is a perfect way to ease back into the swing of things. Pack a basket, lay out a blanket and voila. You can spend some time in the kitchen to prepare something. Or you may choose to simply throw a baguette, a wedge of local cheese, a bottle of local Pinot into a picnic basket, and you’re good to go.

The beauty of a picnic is that it can be eaten anywhere. In a nearby park, in your backyard, even on your living room floor. Nothing like keeping it casual to start off the week, right? Continue on for a few easy, breezy picnic ideas to toss in your basket!


Today’s Assignment:


Easy Breezy Picnic

Pack a picnic for one of your meals today. If you have enough time on your lunch break to head to the park, lay out a blanket and enjoy your meal in the beautiful outdoors. If not, munch on your living room floor or in your backyard for dinner. If it’s a chilly fall evening, snuggle up by the fire with a blanket and a mug of something hot.

Click to enlarge. By Bambi & Sienna Edlund.

So, what should we pack in our picnic basket? We love frittata-in-a-ciabatta sandwiches: eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you’re looking for something easy to prepare, add a few local seasonal vegetables into this frittata recipe. Then use slices of the frittata to make a sandwich with some locally-baked bread. The perfect picnic sandwich. For something sweet to go with it, dice up some fresh fall fruits, such as apple, kiwi, melon or pear and slide them onto a skewer.

By the way, if you don’t have a basket, any container will do. Keep this assignment easy, make do with what you have.

Other picnic ideas: leftover roasted chicken and potato salad. Or how about Pascale’s Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Quiche from her article Paradise Found: The Perfect Picnic.

Or for something a little different, make up a batch of these Palak Ki Tiki (Spinach and Potato Cakes) from Laura Booras’s article on cooking Indian food with local ingredients.

And if you have no time to prepare something, just pick up a local baguette or crackers, some local cheese or hummus along with some fresh or pickled vegetables, perhaps some nuts or olives and you have a snack that could turn into a meal. Don’t forget the local wine!

Share your picnic with someone else or enjoy some peaceful alone time. Snap a picture of your setup and post it with #EatLocalChallenge2017. Who can create the most beautiful spread? Anyone have any delicious picnic recipes? Share your ideas with us!

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