Planning the Perfect Picnic

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WHAT TO BRING

Packing List:

  1. Ice packs
  2. Drinks
  3. Bottle opener (if needed)
  4. Condiments
  5. Cups, plates, utensils
  6. Cutting knife
  7. Trash bag
  8. Wet-ones/paper towels
  9. Blanket & Basket 
  10. Last but not least… Johnny’s

WHAT TO MAKE

The best picnic foods are cold foods (i.e. salads, fruits, veggies, sandwiches, cheese & crackers, etc.)

Recipe Ideas:

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PESTO CHICKEN ROLLS – Season and grill chicken cutlets. Brush lavash or any other wrap-type bread with pesto; layer with the chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and arugula with Johnny’s Garlic Spread to taste; roll up and cut on the bias.

PANZANELLA – Cut day-old crusty bread into one-inch cubes. Just before leaving the house, combine it with chopped tomatoes (seeds are O.K.), chopped cucumber, chopped red onion and fresh basil. Pack dressing separately: olive oil, red wine vinegar, diced anchovies, capers, Johnny’s Seasoned Sea Salt or Garlic Spread to taste..

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LIME & CHILI CORN – Brown fresh corn kernels in hot oil with chopped chili and garlic, Johnny’s Seasoning Salt to taste. Remove from heat and toss with cilantro and lots of lime juice.

FRUIT DISH – Toss cornbread cubes with blueberries, lemon juice, olive oil and hazelnuts. Johnny’s Seasoned Sea Salt to taste.

Get New York Times 101 Picnic Dishes here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/02/dining/02mini.html?_r=0

WHERE TO GO

Whether you’re in your backyard or at a nearby park, just being outside with family and friends it what picnicking is all about.

Discover the Forest is an awesome website that helps you find parks and National Forests near you! Just type in your zip code and voila! You can even specify what types of activities you want to do (hiking, fishing, or just picnicking!) Check it out!