This summer we've been going on lots of picnics! They are a bit ore work, but we love them :) We even packed up a little picnic in the backyard a few days ago...Mexican pizza wasn't the best idea for a picnic, but you live you learn, right? One of our early picnics this year was with our cousin Amy who was in Hershey for a short 10 weeks. Here is what we had...
(A note on the bunny tails...they grew very easily and were beautiful until it got hot. They dried up a bit and got straggly, but if they were in the ground they might have performed better? Next year I think we'll try them in the ground instead of the pot...the kids liked them!)
Here was our main dish...a chilled grilled fish (sounds like a Dr. Suess book!) on top of a tortellini salad. It was dressed simply with olive oil, lemon juice and herbs. the main herb was my favorite, dill, and sadly I have run out of it. For awhile, we were putting dill on everything...fish, pasta, potato salad, etc etc etc. ...and then the little spice bottle ran out and I thought it would be easy to replace it. Wrong! The only dill I can find is a tiny jar in the grocery store for $5! So next year, dill is definitely on the list of herbs to grow and dry. Maybe we'll even try it inside this winter in a pot?
Speaking of next year...I'm thinking asparagus, strawberries (they are in the ground now...crossing my fingers they overwinter), LOTS of tomatoes, pumpkins and watermelons along with a new bush of lemon balm and St. John's Wort for rice packs....and DILL!
Finally, we had blue corn chips with this homemade relish. I had some fresh chives and mint to use, so I mixed it with sour cream, corn, some paprika, chopped poblanos and hot pepper seeds. Reminiscent of chipotle's corn salsa, but not nearly as good :)
What is your favorite picnic dish? Any experiments that failed? Anything that really worked well? I am looking for a guest blogger to do a picnic post...let me know if you are game!!
More picnics to come...stay tuned!