A Picnic Vignette


Some picnics are an epic novel full of roasted meats, separate sauces, and silverware.  Others are short story, with easy dishes eaten with your fingers.  Last weekend’s picnic was a delicious short story in the sunshine.


My lovely friend Emily has a early May birthday and always manages to do something wonderful and outdoors, and the weather cooperates each year with sunshine and a light breeze.  This year she threw a picnic in Rock Creek Park with everyone bringing their own main course and she brought side dishes and desserts and such.

I decided to keep it simple (stupid) by bringing sandwich makings for myself, the hubs, and a few friends.  A quick trip to the farmers market resulted in glorious orange tomatoes which were layered with a selection of Spanish meats  (thanks Trader Joe’s for their charcuterie platter), some provolone cheese, and fresh ciabatta rolls.  These items I decided to top with some fresh pesto for a lovely springy taste.

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Per the request of the birthday girl I also made the roasted lemonade again, this time with 5 tablespoons of fresh chopped ginger and 2 tablespoons of all spice, just to mix it up a little bit.


By the end of the day we were all just a touch sunburned, incredibly full, and super happy!

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